Eagles host Bulldogs after Demons thump Dockers in the west

A St Kilda AFLW player pumps her fist as she celebrates a goal.

West Coast plays the Western Bulldogs, as Melbourne enjoys its 88-point thrashing of Fremantle.

Earlier, St Kilda and Richmond recorded victories.

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Saints post successive wins

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Caitlin Greiser celebrates a St Kilda goal during the win over Geelong.(Getty Images: Darrian Traynor)

St Kilda has won back-to-back AFLW matches for the first time in club history, defeating Geelong by nine points in a scrappy contest in Moorabbin.

The Saints managed just two goals in windy conditions but that proved to be enough against the goalless Cats in the 2.6 (18) to 0.9 (9) battle.

Midfielder Tilly Lucas-Rodd was dominant for the Saints, amassing 22 disposals, 16 contested possessions, 12 clearances, 10 tackles and seven inside 50s.

“We have a really young midfield. I only started playing there like a month before the season,” Lucas-Rodd told Fox Footy.

“We’ve obviously been beaten in the last couple of games in clearances and we had a big focus on that today.”

A moment’s silence was held before the opening bounce to honour the passing of cricket icon Shane Warne, who was a passionate St Kilda supporter and played under 19s for the Saints.

St Kilda will return to Moorabbin on March 13 to take on Adelaide in its final match of the season.

Geelong will also play its last match at home, against GWS at Kardinia Park on Friday.

Giants fall short against Tigers

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Katie Brennan (left) congratulates Richmond teammate Tessa Lavey after she slotted a major.(Getty Images: Mark Kolbe)

Richmond outclassed a plucky GWS at Giants Stadium, with a first-quarter onslaught setting up an eight-point win.

The visitors sealed a 7.4 (46) to 6.2 (38) victory despite the best efforts of GWS veteran Cora Staunton, who kicked three brilliant final-quarter goals as her side ultimately fell short.

The Tigers were totally dominant in the opening term, moving the ball with ease, tackling fiercely and piling on five unanswered goals to record their highest first-quarter score.

The Giants could do little to halt the Tigers, with Courtney Wakefield and Maddie Shevlin kicking classy goals from opposite forward pockets and captain Katie Brennan extending her run of scoring at least one goal per game to 15 consecutive matches.

With Meagan Kiely making the most of a free kick in front of goal and Tessa Lavey bouncing through a long-range goal on the quarter-time siren, the game looked all but over at the first break.

But the Giants fought back gallantly and were able to stem the flow in the second quarter, putting the Tigers under pressure with repeat inside 50 entries before Emily Pease broke through for GWS’s first goal.

Defender Brid Stack followed up with a goal of her own, sneaking forward and roving a pack beautifully to keep the Giants in touch.

The Giants may have made more of their second-quarter momentum were it not for Richmond defender Rebecca Miller — who cut off a number of forward thrusts with strong intercept marks and timely spoils — and Monique Conti, who finished with 26 disposals in a dominant midfield display.

Richmond stretched the margin beyond 30 points in the third term, courtesy of goals to Christina Bernardi and Katie Brennan, as both teams fought desperately to claim a rare 2022 win.

Four final-quarter Giants goals — three from Staunton and one from Rebecca Privitelli — made sure the Tigers were forced to fight until the final siren.

The Giants are almost certain to be without star Alyce Parker for their final match of the season, with the gun midfielder suffering a concussion in a head clash with the Tigers’ Sarah Hosking.

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Author: Ivan Robinson