Adelaide Crows defeat GWS Giants in AFLW

Jason Phelan
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Adelaide coach Matthew Clarke has praised the resilience of his players after the Crows shrugged off a difficult week to score a commanding 47-point AFLW win over GWS at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Both sides were forced into home isolation following Perth's coronavirus scare, but the Crows quickly found their rhythm on Sunday to score a 9.8 (62) to 2.3 (15) win behind closed doors.

Three goals to Danielle Ponter and a star turn by Ebony Marinoff were the highlights of the win that improves Adelaide's record to 2-0.

Marinoff gathered 24 possessions in her first game against the Giants since her contentious three-match ban (overturned on appeal) for an incident that left Brid Stack with a broken neck.

Anne Hatchard (23 possessions, one goal) and Erin Phillips (19 possessions, one goal) were also outstanding for the Crows.

"It was a really long week, a tough week," Clarke said.

"Our preparation was not ideal, obviously it was the same for GWS, but to come through the week and put in a really strong performance was probably the big win out of it.

"I think it demonstrates the level of resilience amongst the group to manage some different preparations."

Ponter kicked the Crows' first goal of the day from a set shot and there were early warning signs for the Giants when Madison Newman and Eloise Jones goaled to open up a 19-point lead.

GWS were down by 13 points at the first break after Haneen Zreika split the middle from close range, but it would be the home side's only major for the half.

The Giants created enough scoring opportunities in a bright start to the second term, but couldn't finish their good work in front of goal.

The margin was 25 points at halftime and neither side was able to find the goals in a third-quarter stalemate that ended with the Crows up by 27 points.

Adelaide's Allish Considine left the game soon after halftime after she was left dazed by a dangerous Tarni Evans tackle that will come in for match review scrutiny.

Despite being a player down, the Crows finished the far superior side, Hatchard and Phillips hitting the scoreboard as the visitors piled on four successive goals to start the final term.

Alyce Parker, the Giants' best player with 27 touches, kicked her side's second goal seconds before the final siren, the loss consigning her side to an 0-2 record.

"There's a long way to go in the season," GWS coach Alan McConnell said.

"We've got off to a start like this before and come home like a steam train.

"Traditionally that's been the way that we've performed ... we've probably struggled early in seasons and then got going, so this looks like it's going to be no different."