GEELONG has capitalised on a dominant first half to beat Richmond by 23 points and snare its second win of the NAB AFLW season.
The Cats set up the 5.3 (33) to 1.4 (10) win at Punt Road Oval with a rampant second quarter, where they booted four unanswered goals, to leapfrog the Tigers into 10th on the ladder.
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Amy McDonald (26 disposals, 10 clearances) and Rebecca Webster (20 touches and a goal) set the tone in midfield for the Cats, with Phoebe McWilliams booting two goals and providing a strong presence up forward.
Richmond star Monique Conti overcame a slow start to collect 23 touches and was well-supported by Sarah Hosking (14 touches, five tackles) and Meagan Kiely (13 tackles).
The Cats drew first blood early when McWilliams took a big pack mark and coolly converted.
They continued to dominate the first half with their relentless pressure and hard running on the outside, while the Tigers let themselves down with their execution and decision making going forward.
The Cats broke the game open early in the second quarter when Kate Darby, Webster, Madisen Maguire and McWilliams hit the scoreboard in quick succession.
The Tigers finally broke through late in the term, when Conti found Katie Brennan and the Richmond skipper coolly converted, booting a goal for a 14th consecutive game.
The Brennan major stemmed Richmond's bleeding and ensured the half-time deficit was just 22 points.
The Tigers came out of the main break with renewed intensity but both teams went goalless in a third quarter that had plenty of hustle but little end product.
Richmond's Kodi Jacques limped off with a lower leg injury in the third term, while teammate Tayla Stahl also cut a dejected figure late after having treatment on her knee.
The Tigers and Cats traded a sole behind each in the final term, while Geelong's Olivia Barber had to come off after hitting her head on the turf after a mark.
RICHMOND 0.2 1.2 1.3 1.4 (10)
GEELONG 1.0 5.0 5.2 5.3 (33)
Geelong: McWilliams 2, Darby, Webster, Maguire
Richmond: Conti, S.Hosking, J.Hosking, Miller, Brennan
Geelong: A.McDonald, Webster, McMahon, McWilliams, Barber
Richmond: Jacques (lower leg), Stahl (right knee)
Geelong: Barber (head knock)
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