Coburg adds another former Tiger to its list with acquisition of Jenna Richardson

Julia Montesano 

The Coburg Football Club has added another former Richmond VFLW player to its growing inaugural senior women’s team, with the signing of young talent Jenna Richardson. 

Richardson joins Maddie Edwards, Teagan Brett and Sophie Damon as former Tigers on the Lions’ list. The Lions also recently announced another former VFLW player in Simone Caige, who formerly played for Carlton. 

With the club’s list boasting a host of experience, Richardson said she was excited to pass on some of her own learnings to the younger players on the team. 

“I learnt a lot about being in a professional and elite environment when I was at Richmond,” she said. 

“I also got to train with the AFLW girls. I saw what you need to do to take it to the next level. I think at Coburg, if you can get every minute out of training, get there early and have a bit of touch, then you’ll play your best footy. I think you play your best footy when you’re having a bit of fun as well. Everyone seems to be enjoying Coburg so it should be a good season.” 

Not only has Richardson been in the Tigers’ VFLW side, but she has also played for NAB League club, Eastern Ranges as well as Vic Metro’s Under 16 side. With nowhere to go in 2021 due to Richmond’s VFLW side dissolving, Coburg coach Liam Cavanagh was quick to reach out to Richardson about joining the Lions. 

“When they gave me the opportunity, I thought I couldn’t turn it down,” she said. 

“At Coburg, it’s fun but also serious. You can have a laugh, you feel really welcomed and relaxed, but you still know you’re getting something out of it.” 

As well as an impressive footy resume, Richardson can also do it all on the field as a utility. She says that her main strengths are her marking and decision-making. However, she wants to improve on her leadership skills in 2021.

“Being louder and having a bit of leadership is something I want to improve on,” she said. 

“Having others players on the team at all different levels with their footy development, it will be good if I can help others as well.”

Having played in the state’s top second-tier women’s competition in the VFLW, Richardson knows what it takes to play against the best. That’s why she’s looking forward to playing in the formidable AFL South Eastern Women’s competition, which Coburg has been placed into for 2021.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” she said. 

“I’ve only been to a couple of training sessions at Coburg but I reckon we’ll have a good team and hopefully be able to give them a good run for their money.”

Just like Jenna Richardson, you can commit to the Lions for 2021 by purchasing one of our 2021 memberships which are on sale now! Make sure you keep up to date with all the news from the Lions new women’s side by following our new page on Instagram @coburgfcw.