Semi Finals Saturday 12 November

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    Roo good: North shows Tigers no mercy in semi-final shootout

    NORTH Melbourne has steamrolled its way into a preliminary final against Melbourne, consigning Richmond to a straight-sets exit from the finals in the 36-point defeat.

    TIGERS v KANGAROOS Full match coverage and stats

    The Roos – inspired by an ultra-determined Jas Garner – produced their highest score of the season in the 11.8 (74) to 6.2 (38) win, while the Tigers should be proud of their improved season, but will be licking their wounds after being outclassed at the Swinburne Centre.

    AFLW S7 Highlights: Richmond v North Melbourne

    05:59 Nov 12. 2022. 3:41 PM

    The Tigers and Kangaroos clash in the semi finals of the 2022 NAB AFL Women's Competition

    As expected, Richmond tagger Meg Macdonald renewed acquaintances with Garner, but the superstar Roo was more than up to the task, recording nine disposals and four clearances in the first term.

    DECISIVE DUEL Garner shuns Tiger clamp

    Macdonald started the second term on the bench receiving treatment on her left knee, but saw out the game against the Roo, who finished with 22 disposals, seven clearances, seven tackles and two goals.

    Brilliant Garner blitz propels North to prelims

    03:03 Nov 12. 2022. 4:13 PM

    Jasmine Garner puts on a trademark dominant display in the semi final

    Having shots on goal has never been an issue for North Melbourne, but its goalkicking accuracy has cost them in a few games this season.

    That was not the case in the second quarter, piling on five goals as Garner pushed forward to continue to break the tag, and Emma King's height proved to be a troubling factor for the Tigers' backline.

    Jasmine Garner celebrates a goal in North Melbourne's S7 semi-final against Richmond at Swinburne Centre. Picture: AFL Photos

    The Tigers didn't go into their shell after half-time, starting to even up the midfield contest and seeing the margin only extend by one point, but the gap was too big to bridge.

    Small forward Emelia Yassir was a constant threat in attack for the Tigers, while key forward Courtney Wakefield can hold her head up high if it turns out Saturday was the 35-year-old's final AFLW game, having been chaired off at the conclusion of the game.

    Yassir's cracking crumbing finish cuts the margin

    00:31 Nov 12. 2022. 2:32 PM

    Emelia Yassir nails a lightning quick major to bring Richmond back into it

    For the Roos, Ash Riddell produced a strong four-quarter game, with Jenna Bruton's pressure around the contest key to the result, and Brooke Brown and Emma Kearney working well off half-back.

    It was a case of the walking-wounded for the Tigers, with star playmaker Monique Conti appearing to battle both a knee and groin issue throughout the game, while Eilish Sheerin received treatment on a thumb issue.

    Mia King was on the receiving end of a heavy bump from Sarah Hosking – who came out full of fire after half-time – but returned to play after her ribs were tested by the club medical team.

    Is Hosking in hot water for this huge hit?

    00:32 Nov 12. 2022. 2:57 PM

    Mia King leaves the field after Sarah Hosking lines her up at the centre bounce with a big bump

    The return of Rennie
    While North Melbourne skipper Emma Kearney was missing when these two sides played a fortnight ago, but it was arguably the absence of ruck Kim Rennie (health and safety protocols) that was more telling. With Rennie back on deck, Emma King spent much more time stretching Richmond's backline, and Vikki Wall could play a full game in attack.

    Kim Rennie and Gabrielle Seymour compete in the ruck in the S7 semi-final between Richmond and North Melbourne at Swinburne Centre. Picture: AFL Photos

    The tough draw pays off
    North Melbourne finished eighth on the home-and-away ladder, but it was arguably a false eighth, with the 10-round season meaning each team's fixture was key. The Roos were the only top eight side to have played all seven finalists, and the difficult draw has clearly held them in good stead, being well-experienced in high-pressure games against quality opposition.

    Roos run hot with pair of rippers

    00:41 Nov 12. 2022. 2:36 PM

    Isabella Eddey and Ellie Gavalas nail back-to-back running goals to continue North Melbourne's early momentum

    Up next
    It's season done for Richmond, while North Melbourne will face Melbourne in a preliminary final, with Dees coach Mick Stinear last week indicating it was likely to be at Ikon Park.

    RICHMOND                    3.0     4.0     6.0     6.2    (38)
    NORTH MELBOURNE     3.2     8.5     10.6     11.8     (74)

    GOALS
    Richmond:
    Yassir 2, Cox, Wakefield, Conti, Brennan
    North Melbourne: Abbatangelo 2, Garner 2, O'Loughlin 2, E. King, Eddey, Gavalas, Randall, Eddey

    BEST
    Richmond:
    McKenzie, Sheerin, Conti, Brennan, Seymour
    North Melbourne: Garner, Riddell, Bruton, E. King, Kearney, Brown

    INJURIES
    Richmond:
    Conti (groin), Sheerin (thumb), Macdonald (knee)
    North Melbourne: M. King (ribs)

    Reports: Nil

    Crowd: 2,439 at the Swinburne Centre

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