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Giants conquer Eagles to end AFLW losing streak

GWS has ended its five-match AFLW losing run with a defiant performance, claiming a comfortable 20-point win over West Coast.

Key points:

The Giants triumphed 6.8 (44) to 3.6 (24)
They had lost their opening five matches of the season
Zarlie Goldsworthy was among the Giants’ best with three goals

The Giants overcame a slow start to seal a 6.8 (44) to 3.6 (24) victory over the Eagles at Blacktown and put their winless first half of the season behind them.

The ever-prolific Alyce Parker (23 disposals, 10 clearances) was reliably prominent for the hosts and she was supported by Nicola Barr and Rebecca Beeson.

But it was 18-year-old Zarlie Goldsworthy who stole the show with her class.

The emerging star kicked three goals in an electric performance.

The Eagles’ own young gun Ella Roberts also shone, kickstarting the match with the opening goal.

Former Giant Aimee Schmidt backed up Roberts’s goal with one of her own to build the margin to 12 points before quarter-time, but it would be the last time the visitors would slot a major.

A skirmish erupted as tempers boiled in the second term and GWS debutant Rene Caris took advantage of a momentarily distracted West Coast to kick her first career goal.

Chloe Dalton put the Giants in front for the first time before a monster effort by the Eagles drew level 2.5 (17) by half-time.

GWS gathered four more contested possessions and 10 more uncontested disposals in comparison to West Coast in the third term.

Three majors to Goldsworthy and one by skipper Alicia Eva blew the margin out to 26 points, effectively ending the contest.

GWS has a chance to build a winning streak when it takes on 12th-placed St Kilda in the next round.

West Coast faces an uphill battle against undefeated premiers Melbourne.




Author: Russell White