The GIANTS’ VFL Women’s team have continued their undefeated start to their invitational series, recording a 28-point win over Richmond at Punt Road Oval on Saturday.
Led by forward Rebecca Privitelli and midfielders Tait Mackrill, Jodie Hicks and Alyce Parker, the GIANTS held off a determined Tigers to record a 6.7 (43) to 2.3 (15) win.
Privitelli kicked three goals in a dominant display while Hicks kicked a goal and found plenty of the football in a best-on-ground performance.
GIANTS VFLW Head Coach Roger Moten said he was pleased with his side’s efforts as they stood up to the best that Richmond could throw at them.
“It felt like we had good control of the game, but we had to win our own ball and then we had it we probably overused it a little,” he said.
“As a result, it kept Richmond in the hunt, they were always close enough to potentially grab the lead, but we had the advantage of being that little but better than them when we controlled the game.”
Despite the game being close at times, the GIANTS were able to experiment throughout the afternoon, throwing key defender Tanya Hetherington forward and moving goalkicker Aimee Schmidt to the backline.
Hetherington impressed in the forwardline but was unable to capitalise on her opportunities, hitting the post with one of her shots.
“What was pleasing was we spoke pre-match about changing our structure in the second half and bringing in a big change of personnel in the second half which we followed through with,” Moten said.
“To be able to explore and see Aimee Schmidt play down back was really positive for us. Tanya Hetherington went forward and she was a strong lead; she provided a target for us to look at.
“Delma Gisu played on the wing which for us was good to explore that opportunity for her, it was nice to be able to look at some things despite where the game was at and still get a win.”
The VFLW GIANTS now take a month’s break before they return to take on North Melbourne at Melbourne University Oval on Sunday, June 23 at midday.
Richmond 2.3 (15)
GIANTS 6.7 (43)
Goals: Privitelli 3; Hicks, Schmidt, McGartland 1