Bulldogs overcome Tigers in AFLW

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Western Bulldogs AFLW coach Nathan Burke says his club will aggressively pursue recruits from other clubs in the off-season after failing to make the finals for the third year in a row.

The Dogs' 2021 campaign officially came to an end on Friday evening with a 13-point victory over Richmond in their final-round clash at Whitten Oval.

In order to take the next step and become a top-six side in 2022, Burke is in no doubt his playing list needs considerable improvement.

"Look, we'll be active and we'll look to make our list as best as it can be because our fantastic supporters deserve us to put out there the best team that we can and that might mean going hard," Burke said.

"We need a lot of improvement from what we've got. There's so many players that just haven't scratched the surface of how good they're going to be.

"A little bit more midfield depth would be good, a little bit of versatile height up and down the field - that might be good for us as well."

After opening up a three-goal lead at half-time, the Dogs were tormented by their former captain Katie Brennan who kicked two of her three goals for the Tigers in the third quarter to trim the deficit to just four points.

But despite being held goalless in the third term, the Bulldogs reasserted themselves in the final stanza, booting two of the last three goals to seal the deal.

Making the 7.3 (45) to 5.2 (32) result even sweeter for the hosts was that it came against Brennan and star midfielder Monique Conti who were both playing against their old side for the first time.

Kirsty Lamb was the Bulldogs' best player with 23 disposals, seven tackles, four clearances and a goal, while Elisabeth Georgostathis (10 touches) did a magnificent tagging job on the usually prolific Conti (12).

Brooke Lochland (23 and a goal) and Ellie Blackburn (20) were also instrumental to the victory.

Brennan (14 disposals) stood out for the Tigers, and she was well supported by Harriet Cordner - who shut down star Dogs forward Izzy Huntington - Kate Dempsey and Rebecca Miller.

After losing their first 10 games since entering the competition last year, the Tigers finished 2021 strongly with three wins from their last five games, and coach Ryan Ferguson admitted his players were upset their season had come to an end.

"We feel like we ran out of time," he said.

"We don't feel like this is the end of the season, we feel like we can keep playing and the girls are quite emotional.

"But in terms of where we're at, we've got more to give, so that is a good sign - we didn't stumble towards the line."