Tigers axe Hunter after winless season

16 May 2020 19:26:16 GMTPlus10

Richmond coach Tom Hunter has lost his job following a season in which his team lost every AFLW game.

The Tigers were one of four expansion teams to join the competition, but became the first club ever to go through a season without a victory.

The 29-year-old has been in coaching roles in the club's VFL and VFLW programs, before being announced as Richmond's AFLW coach last year.

"I thank the Richmond Football Club for the past three years in the Wome''s program, and my previous time working in the VFL," said Hunter. "I am grateful for the experience, and I know it will hold me in good stead to continue my coaching career.

"I have plans to return to teaching in the interim, with the goal of remaining in football in some capacity in the future."

Three of the Tigers' defeats in their inaugural season were reasonably close, but they were thumped in Round 3 by 54 points by North Melbourne, and a fortnight later when GWS kept them to just one goal.

Richmond ended the season by suffering the indignity of registering the lowest ever score in the AFLW, when they kicked 0.3 (3) in a 39-point loss to St Kilda at RSEA Park.

Hunter will see out his existing contract, but Richmond will look for a new coach to lead them into the 2021 AFLW season.

Tigers head of women's football Kate Sheahan said: "Building a women's program from the ground up over the past three years has been a significant undertaking and Tom has been an important part of that process.

"Tom is incredibly professional, hardworking and a wonderful person to have been part of our football club, we wish him all the best for the future."

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