Tigers goalless in AFLW hiding by Saints

Shayne Hope

Star midfielder Monique Conti left the ground in tears after winless Richmond were held goalless in a 39-point AFLW thumping by St Kilda at Moorabbin.

The Tigers' debut season went from bad to worse as they produced the lowest match tally in competition history and became the first team to fail to kick a goal in the 6.6 (42) to 0.3 (3) defeat.

Their total was marginally worse than the 1.1 (7) kicked six days earlier by West Coast and Geelong in a 2019 preliminary final.

It left Richmond bottom of Conference A with a 0-6 record.

Cross-code star Conti was outstanding with 22 disposals in a losing side but had few teammates capable of putting up a fight against the dominant Saints.

"You do get quite emotional in this because it is challenging, week to week," Tigers coach Tom Hunter said.

"Six losses in a row, you never see yourself that way, but you want to be strong for the girls.

"There's times when we let ourselves be vulnerable as a group internally and we played a song before the game: 'It'll Be Alright In The End'.

"But we've just got to go through this little patch at the moment."

All of the scoring came at the northern end of the ground until midway through the final term as windy conditions made it difficult for both sides to produce clean passages of play, particularly when kicking into the breeze.

Rosie Dillon (17 disposals), Olivia Vesely (16), Georgia Patrikios (14) and Molly McDonald (12) were all busy, as St Kilda led from start to finish, with cult hero Caitlin Greiser booting the opening three goals of the match.

Unfortunately, there were no fans to witness their big win because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"While it's a bit sad that we can't have a crowd, it's totally understandable," Saints coach Peta Searle said.

"It's important that the games still go on as long as they can because you can't be what you can't see.

"The broadcasters are on board and we can still role model through the television and that's really important in terms of society, influencing society and building respect for women."