Demon's 'goal of the year contender' in big win

Melbourne speedster Aliesha Newman booted an early contender for goal of the season in the Demons' shock win against defending AFLW champions Adelaide.

Demon boots 'goal of the year contender' in big win

Demon boots 'goal of the year contender' in big win

Newman brought the game to life eight minutes into the game as she made the defending premiers' defence look second rate.

The pacy winger took three bounces along the boundary line and, from the wrong side for a right-footer, somehow managed to squeeze a checkside punt through the big sticks.

Adelaide's AFLW premiership defence got off to a rocky start in the crushing 32-point defeat against the Demons at Casey Fields.

The Crows are now winless after two rounds and will probably have to win their remaining five games to be any of chance of finishing in the top two and qualifying for the grand final.

Conversely, Melbourne are now undefeated along with Carlton and their bid for a maiden women's grand final berth is well on track thanks to the 8.8 (56) to 4.0 (24) result.

The Dees' star midfield trio of Karen Paxman (21 disposals), Elise O'Dea (18) and Daisy Pearce (15 and nine tackles) set up the huge win in the second quarter after a scrappy first period yielded only one goal to each team.

The Crows clearly battled without their star co-captain Erin Phillips, who was once again sidelined due to a quad injury.

Adelaide forward Abbey Holmes got a valuable goal against the wind to ensure the Dees only had a one-point lead at quarter-time despite having a strong breeze at their backs.

But Melbourne busted the game wide open in the second term, booting four goals to one.

The Crows' only goal was a 60-metre bomb from Adelaide's Jasmyn Hewett to hand Melbourne a commanding 20-point lead at the major break.

When Melissa Hickey magnificently curled a snap shot around the corner from 35m out on a sharp angle for a superb goal 35 seconds into the third term, Adelaide's fate was sealed.

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