Ireland’s Cora Staunton was the star, kicking four goals for her side and taking her career goal tally to 16. ‘‘It was good to get a lot more ball and take a lot of marks today,’’ Staunton said. ‘‘To be able to kick the easy goals is what you want from those opportunities.’’
Staunton came back for the 2020 season after breaking her leg in four places last year. ‘‘It’s 10 months since I broke my leg and the past month probably hasn’t gone the way I wanted,’’ Staunton said. ‘‘My injury was big, both mentally and physically, but I had to be patient. I had some doubts but had to keep believing in myself.’’
Rebecca Privitelli proved again she didn’t deserve to be delisted from the club at the end of the 2018 season, taking advantage of a final-minute scuffle to claim her second goal of the day in the dying seconds.
Sarah Halvorsen, who works and lives in Newcastle as an engineer and commutes to every Giants training session, also scored. ‘‘Bringing out the goals is all we’ve asked of her,’’ Brittany Tully said after Halvorsen’s first AFLW goal.
Alyce Parker dominated in front of friends and family at Robertson Oval, which is just up the road from her hometown.
Richmond coach Tom Hunter said he would be looking to find the ‘‘positive in the game’’ and attempt to ‘‘reassure the good stuff’’.
Richmond stand-in skipper Christina Bernardi said she was ‘‘honest’’ with the girls after the game.
“We know we are four years behind the competition, so it’s about keeping positive … it’s not just about winning games for us,” Bernardi said. “[The Giants] have got a lot of experienced girls, so they move the ball really quickly and can be clean at times, but I think our pressure was pretty good around the ball.”