Dockers beat Crows, stay unbeaten in AFLW

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Fremantle have announced themselves as genuine AFLW premiership contenders after Kiara Bowers starred in a commanding 30-point win over Adelaide at Norwood Oval.

In hot conditions on Sunday, the Dockers overcame a scoreless first quarter to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games and inflict the Crows' first loss of the season with a 7.1 (43) to 1.7 (13) win.

The victory was an emphatic statement according to coach Trent Cooper, who feels his side has been sold short in some quarters.

"We've probably been questioned as to whether we can play our brand of footy against good teams," Cooper said.

"Adelaide are clearly a good team, so we were really pleased that we stood up to the pressure that they applied, kept applying our pressure and managed to score well.

"We've been doing it for a while but we haven't maybe got the respect sometimes that we thought that the girls deserved.

"But today it is a big statement against a really good side."

Bowers led the way in typically physical manner, with 13 tackles to go with her 23 possessions.

She had plenty of support with Hayley Miller prominent with 15 touches and Ashley Sharp and Gemma Houghton kicking two goals apiece.

For the Crows, Ebony Marinoff continued her fine season with 23 disposals and Anne Hatchard gathered 21 possessions.

Adelaide were without skipper Chelsea Randall, who was ruled out with a concussion, but it was a poor performance from a side that has its own premiership aspirations.

"Clearly we've got to get better," coach Matthew Clarke said.

"There were lots of numbers in the game that were pretty decent, but ultimately their ability to go the length of the field on us a number of times was pivotal.

"We've got aspirations to be part of the pointy end of the season and on today's performance we're not where we need to be."

The Crows led by two points after an opening-term arm wrestle, but the visitors were able to find more space as the second quarter progressed.

They led by 11 points at halftime after Tiah Haynes kicked the first goal of the day and the first of her career.

The Crows pressed after the restart with two behinds to Stevie-Lee Thompson, but Bianca Webb's first AFLW major sparked a pivotal three-goal burst that put the Dockers up by 26 points at the final change.

For the first time in their history, Adelaide were goalless at three-quarter time after Erin Phillips missed a set shot after the siren, but the Crows superstar kicked truly six minutes into the final term to register her side's only major of the contest.

Back-to-back goals to Gemma Houghton sealed an impressive win that moved Fremantle to a 3-0 win-loss record and saw the Crows drop to 2-1.