While dual All-Australian and former Brisbane Lions key position player Frederick was her side’s major target up forward, the damage was done at ground level as Stahl, Christina Bernardi and Courtney Wakefield wreaked havoc.
Tigers captain Katie Brennan showed glimpses of her class, kicking a goal but playing predominantly through the midfield.
Youngster Sophie Molan – taken at pick No. 7 in last year’s draft – left the field in the last quarter following a head knock but Richmond said after the match that she had been given the all-clear.
Frederick was cautious not to get carried away with the win but said Richmond were setting the bar high in their first season.
“Yeah, I mean, we’re here to compete, we’re definitely not here to make up the numbers and we’re just going to do the best that we can possibly do,” Frederick told The Age.
“You know, we give respect to the other clubs, not thinking that we’re going to come in here and win a premiership first up, but we’re definitely striving to like every other club and just wanting to compete every single week. So, you know, this week, we got the win and next week, have a week off and then play Carlton and see what happens.”
The Eagles – who face Collingwood at Victoria Park in round one – had their moments but were unable to capitalise on an extended period of control in the second quarter.
Former Fremantle player Emily McGuire was among their standouts.