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Re: RFC VFLW Coach named
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2017, 04:19:43 PM »
Awesome.  I have seen a lot of women taking up footy from other backgrounds recently, which is awesome for our sport.

Agreed. I’ll get behind the tiger chix.

Okay well I guess I'll take the front

 :lol we can high five.


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Re: RFC VFLW Coach named
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2017, 06:13:36 PM »
Richmond has signed its first VFLW player ahead of the Club’s inaugural season.

Natarsha Bamblett has committed to the VFLW Tigers as a rookie after starring at last weekend’s Koorie Women’s Football Carnival.

Playing for the Fitzroy Stars, Bamblett was named player of the carnival after a dominant display.

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2017-11-23/bamblett-a-tiger

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Re: RFC VFLW Coach named
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2017, 05:06:17 PM »
BENDIGO Thunder’s Jac Louttit will be part of Richmond’s inaugural VFL women’s team next year.

The Tigers have secured a VFLW licence for next year ahead of the club’s entry into the AFLW competition in 2020.

Louttit was one of the stars for the Bendigo Thunder this year, playing in the ruck in the club’s premiership season in the inaugural Northern Football League women’s competition.

She was the Thunder’s vice-captain, won the best on ground medal in the Thunder’s 5.5 (35) to 4.1 (25) grand final win over Diamond Creek and was runner-up in the NFL women’s best and fairest, finishing one vote behind winner Shannon Egan of Darebin.

Meanwhile, Richmond is holding VFLW trials in Bendigo next week.

The trials will be held at the QEO from 4.30pm to 7pm on Friday, December 15.

Registration will open at 3pm, with attendees to bring training attire, footy boots and runners.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5104490/bendigo-thunders-louttit-to-line-up-for-tigers-in-vflw/

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Re: RFC VFLW Coach named
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2017, 09:55:17 AM »
It's treated like working with minority groups and disabled children.

Everyone get behind these duds because they're women but don't tell them.
Damn you are a bitter mofo.  I happen to do some work with disabled kids and refugee kids.  I am not offended on their behalf because they are awesome, but I do feel sorry for you Ox.
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Re: RFC VFLW Coach named
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2017, 11:09:53 AM »
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Re: RFC VFLW Coach named
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2017, 11:59:42 AM »
Actually, that reminds me I need to book a Thai prostitute drag act for the Xmas party
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Re: RFC VFLW [merged]
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2017, 08:57:35 PM »
Forrner Bendigo Thunder star Jess Kennedy signs with Richmond's VFLW side

Kieran Iles
Bendigo Advertiser
December 14, 2017 - 6:00PM


SPEEDY former Bendigo Thunder midfielder Jess Kennedy will join Richmond’s VFLW team in 2018.

The 27-year-old, who represented Carlton during the inaugural AFL Women’s league season in 2017, will add necessary experience and leadership to a Tigers team playing its first season in the state league competition.

Kennedy was the Thunder’s best and fairest in 2016 and last season played with Diamond Creek in the VFL Women’s competition.

The Creekers, whose ranks included other former Thunder players in Emma Grant, Reni Hicks and 2017 premiership midfielder Kerryn Harrington, finished the season as runners-up, after they were narrowly beaten by Darebin in the premiership decider.

Richmond AFLW football operations manager Kate Sheahan said the club was excited to have a player with Kennedy’s credentials as one of its earliest signings.

“She’s an incredibly quick and skilful midfielder and that’s the game style we’ll be trying to play,” she said.

“When Jess committed to us were incredibly thrilled and we think she will be a really valuable asset to the team with her leadership and experience at AFLW level.

“Being a Bendigo girl, she will train up in Bendigo once a week,

“She’s an experienced physiotherapist in her own right and brings so many skills and attributes to our club that we are really thrilled with.”

Kennedy said she was thrilled when she learned the Tigers had gained a VFLW licence.

“Hearing of the connection that (the Tigers) had with Bendigo Thunder, and the pathway for women in that region to come and play, I was in contact with Kate Sheahan and it rolled on from there,” she told Richmond’s website.

She also spoke of the excitement surrounding the inaugural AFLW match, of which she was a part against Collingwood.

“I don’t think I’ve had an experience in the rest of my life like that very first AFLW game,” she said.

“The hair still stands up on the back of my neck when I think about it.

“It was an unreal atmosphere and to think that it was initially going to be at Olympic Park where a couple of people might have walked up to the fence, to a (Princess Park) lockout and get the win was incredible.”

Kennedy initially Carlton as a free agent, one day after the inaugural AFLW National Draft in October last year.

Her arrival at Punt Road swells to two the number of former Thunder players to sign with Richmond.

The Thunder’s 2017 vice-captain Jac Louttit has also made her way to Tigerland following a stellar season in the Northern Football League Women’s with the premiers.

With its AFLW licence secure, Richmond will field a side in the national competition for the first time in 2020.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5122439/former-thunder-star-signs-with-tigers-vflw-team/

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Re: RFC VFLW [merged]
« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2017, 02:43:21 PM »
Thanks to everyone that came to our VFLW Talent Day in Bendigo on Friday! Great day 👌


https://twitter.com/Richmond_FC/status/942586444035395584

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Re: RFC VFLW [merged]
« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2017, 02:48:35 PM »
From Prez Peggy O'Neal on the RFC website:

It is great that we will have an VFLW team next year leading into an AFLW team the following year? When will we get details of the upcoming VFLW season?

We are excited and pleased to have a VFLW team in 2018 and Kate Sheahan who heads up our women’s program is working hard to develop our playing list for next year. It is a significant undertaking and she is leaving no stone unturned looking for players. Our final list and fixture for the 2018 season will be shared with members and fans as soon as it is available.

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2017-12-19/from-the-president

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RFC VFLW Fixture
« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2017, 02:22:23 PM »
The VFLW's 2018 Fixture has been released.

RICHMOND

Round 1    Saturday, May 5        Western Bulldogs        Vic Uni Whitten Oval    4:00pm*   Away
Round 2    Saturday, May 12      Darebin Falcons          Swinburne Centre      12:00pm     Home
Round 3    Sunday, May 20         Collingwood               Olympic Park Oval       2:00pm     Away
Round 4    Sunday, May 27         Williamstown              Gellibrand Oval           2:00pm     Away
Round 5    Saturday, June 2        Essendon                  Swinburne Centre        4:00pm     Home
BYE weekend June 9/10
Round 6         TBC                    Melbourne University            TBC                    TBC          Home
Round 7    BYE
Round 8    Sunday, July 1            Hawthorn                 Swinburne Centre      11:30am      Home
Round 9    Sunday, July 8            Essendon                   Windy Hill                11:30am*    Away
Round 10       TBC                     Casey Demons                    TBC                     TBC         Home
Round 11  Saturday, July 21        NT Thunder              Swinburne Centre      12:00pm      Home
Round 12  Saturday, July 28         Carlton               Ikon Park (Princes Park) 11:00am*     Away
Round 13  Saturday, August 4      Geelong                    GMHBA Stadium         2:00pm*    Away
Round 14  Sunday, August 12     Williamstown            Swinburne Centre       12:00pm      Home
Round 15  BYE
Round 16  Saturday, August 25   Southern Saints   Skybus Stadium, Frankston  11:00am*  Away


* Double header with VFL match

http://vfl.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/12/2018-Swisse-Wellness-VFL-Womens-Fixture-FINAL.pdf

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Re: RFC VFLW including 2018 fixture [update]
« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2017, 09:50:42 PM »
Expect nothing less than a premiership

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Re: RFC VFLW including 2018 fixture [update]
« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2017, 02:11:30 PM »
Egan jumps on Tiger train

Lauren Bordin
Shepparton News
30 December 2017


A one-off football game filling in for a friend turned into an obsession for Grace Egan.

The Shepparton teenager pulled on the boots for Mooroopna at the end of 2015 and will now take her spot in Richmond’s inaugural VFL women’s side.

Plenty has happened in Egan’s brief career as she eyes off being drafted for the 2019 AFLW season.

Also a star netballer, Egan broke her ankle shortly after playing her first game of football in 2015.

She snapped her right ankle while playing for the Shepparton Swans, missing out on the side’s under-17s premiership defeat of Shepparton.

Just a few months later Egan would try out for the Murray Bushrangers despite not having fully recovered.

‘‘I shouldn’t have played, but I got surgery and I was out for three months,’’ Egan said.

‘‘ ... because I was doing my rehab consistently I could run. It looked really bad, but I went and played Bushies but that’s the year it wasn’t as talent laden.’’

Egan has been at the forefront of the growth of youth girls football since the sport took a turn upwards in playing numbers and subsequently talent in recent years.

Last year the Shepparton Notre midfielder/defender took out the youth girls best-and-fairest award, before claiming premiership honours this year.

Egan is coached at the Bears by her dad, world champion BMX rider Leigh.

Although his background is not in football, Egan said he has been a big contributor to her earning a VFL contract with the Tigers.

‘‘We have our ups and downs, Dad always has my best interests and wants the best for me,’’ she said.

‘‘He’ll yell at me and tell me what I did wrong and where I can do better, but I can’t change that and I don’t really want to because look where he’s got me now and I just have to thank him for that.’’

Having crossed to netball at Shepparton in 2016, Egan was quickly identified by head coach Tracey Brereton as an emerging talent.

She spent the most recent season in A-grade but will step back her netball duties.

‘‘I’ve chosen to focus more on football next year. I’m still an emergency for the A-grade team at the Bears, so I can choose to come and play when I’m able to, but I still want to focus a bit more on football to try and get drafted,’’ Egan said.

Basketball fell by the wayside following her first game of football two years ago, in a similar fashion to many other girls who have chosen to pursue football.

Egan has played for Victoria Country in Queensland where she thrived on learning from top-age players.

She will now combine Year 12 studies with a weekly trip to Punt Rd to train with Richmond where she can play up to six VFL games next year, as commitments to the Bushies and Victoria Country come first.

But she is raring to continue her development with eyes firmly on an AFLW berth.

‘‘I’m just ready to go down to Melbourne and give it all I’ve got and learn off the women down there who have been there and get a good bump and see how it goes,’’ Egan said.

‘‘I guess I’m just always willing to have a crack and learn something new and I’ll take any advice someone will give me, I try my hardest and do the best I can.’’

http://www.sheppnews.com.au/2017/12/30/125894/egan-jumps-on-tiger-train

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Re: RFC VFLW including 2018 fixture [update]
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2018, 03:05:31 PM »
The VFLW Tigers have begun their pre-season campaign, with 45 players fighting for a spot on the Club’s 2018 list.

Players travelled from across Victoria to attend Wednesday night’s first official training session, as the VFLW Tigers prepare for their Round 1 clash against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday, May 5.

VIDEO: http://www.richmondfc.com.au/video/2018-01-19/vflw-inaugural-training

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2018-01-19/vflw-inaugural-training-session

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Re: RFC VFLW including 2018 fixture [update]
« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2018, 08:01:04 PM »
Dixon signs with Tigers: Echuca Football Club star to play in VFLW

Riverine Herald
26 January 2018


KATE Dixon (pictured) has been signed by Richmond Football Club and will play with the Tigers in their inaugural season in the 13-team VFLW competition.

Richmond will qualify for an AFLW licence in 2020 and the 30-year-old midfielder is determined to be part of the club’s history when its first side plays in the national competition.

It has been a meteoric rise for the reincarnated tennis player – 2017 was her first season of any form of football (“but I did have a lot of kick-to-kick in the backyard with dad”) when she joined Echuca Football Netball Club.

Where the writing was on the wall very early – she was named club captain and had a stellar debut season as a genuinely tough midfielder.

It might all seem like a dream run but behind the scenes Dixon, and the other 42 girls in the Richmond pre-season squad, are discovering there is a lot of hard work between signing and the season’s opening game against the Western Bulldogs on May 5.

And sacrifice – since January 1 Dixon has sworn off soft drink and alcohol to give her body every chance to be as good as it can.

“I got a call in December after Mick (Echuca women’s coach Mick McInnes) had recommended Jodie Lake and me for a trial with Richmond at Bendigo,” Dixon said.

“That was pretty tough, it was really hot and they really worked us hard,” she said.

“From there I got the chance to go to the trials in Melbourne and from there was offered the contract.”

What most people probably don’t know was Dixon blew a knee playing hockey three years ago and it took 12 months to recover from a full reconstruction – making her rise and rise as a footballer even more impressive.

Her sporting career began on the tennis court with local coach Andrew Crossman and reached an international ranking as an under 18 and a relocation to Spain for specialist training.

But Barcelona was a long way from the Murray and the homesick teenager came back.

Which led her to the hockey pitch and touch football (she runs to Jack Eddy Oval, plays and runs home), the knee reconstruction and the football field.

“The change between Vic Park and Punt Rd is incredible, the intensity is three or four times higher – and that’s just pre-season,” Dixon said.

“Richmond has its AFL team, VFL team and now the women’s VFL team and that means a lot of scheduling to make sure everything goes like clockwork,” she said.

“The facilities are amazing – even at training we have a team doctor, physios, assistant coaches, trainers – and a personal trainer. There is the gym, a pool, ice baths, everything you could imagine.

“As Richmond players we have access all areas passes. The club is very serious about this team and giving us every support. Our coach is Tom Hunter, who was a Collingwood player before a neck injury and assistant coach Shaun Smith spends a lot of time with us.”

And a lot of time is something that has taken on a new meaning for Dixon.

Working on a mixed farm outside Moama, she starts every day by 7am and is already needed in Melbourne twice a week so on practice days she is up by 6am and rarely home before midnight.

“I HAVE to be gone by 1.30pm on training days and I am lucky to have family and friends to support me with all the travelling,” she said.

On top of that the Tigers have the girls on strict and demanding schedules for the rest of the week.

“We have to keep food logs, sleep diaries and keep to a training schedule, much of which we have to video, and send to the club for assessment, and online training. Basically we are training five or six days a week at this stage,” Dixon said.

“We haven’t had anyone vomit on the track yet but a few came close the other day when it was pretty hot,” she said.

At just 167cm and 74kg Dixon said she was not the smallest player in the team but she was now training alongside some seriously tall girls.

Apart from the work at Punt Rd she is in the gym most days in a campaign to add to her muscle mass to back up her reputation as a tough, aggressive player.

The qualities she hopes will take her a long way in the game.

“The knee I did was my left one, and while I kick with both feet I am right footed, so that helps,” Dixon said.

“My range is about 40m but my strength is I can go all day and will do anything to get my hands on the ball,” she said.

“And I love the team environment. It’s such a radical change from tennis where you are the only one on your side of the net. At Echuca and now Richmond you know if you are hurting you are surrounded by people in the same state and you get through it together.”

The VFLW contract does not come with a big signing bonus or fat salary, that’s down the track for this fledgling unit.

But nothing could dampen Dixon’s elation as she signed her name to her first player contract at Punt Rd on Wednesday night.

“People knew I had been offered the position but now it’s very real and as soon as I signed I could not wait to start ringing people,” she added.

But even in her elation Dixon emphasised she owed a lot, and to a lot of people.

Starting with family and friends but also to the coaches and people she has spent so much time with.

“I was coached in tennis by Andrew Crossman for 15 years and he was fantastic in so many ways, but especially in helping me with my mental focus and strength – in tennis you can feel so alone but he was great with that,’’ Dixon said.

“Of course everyone at Echuca footy club. If they hadn’t started the women’s team none of this would have happened. Brett Stevens was behind a lot of that. And Mick for being such a good coach and for nominating me for the trials.

“And Evan Catlow, who I work with, has been so helpful with the time away from the job.

“There are a lot of people in country areas with the talent but if you don’t have the support network it just makes it so hard. I am just so lucky I have all the people around me I do.”

https://www.riverineherald.com.au/2018/01/26/12031/dixon-signs-with-tigers-echuca-football-club-star-to-play-in-vflw