Goal-kicking practice has paid some big dividends for Irish forward Cora Staunton, who helped GWS defeat West Coast by 20 points in western Sydney to extend the visitors' winless AFLW season.
Staunton booted four goals and created several others to help the Giants prevail 7.6 (48) to 4.4 (28) at Blacktown International Sportspark.
"We did a bit of goal-kicking practice during the week and it certainly came to the fore," GWS coach Al McConnell said.
"We'll take a bit of confidence out of today."
Staunton quipped she had "been getting enough abuse the last few weeks for not kicking goals".
"I had a lot of shots over the last few weeks that didn't go through. Lucky enough that I got an easy one to start with today," the Gaelic football legend said.
"We weren't too happy at quarter-time. We played alright but conceded a lot of sloppy goals. Halftime we had a stern talk from Al, we improved a lot in the second half."
GWS won ugly at the same venue a week ago, when heavy rain and slippery conditions meant goals were hard to come by in their scrappy clash with Gold Coast.
The sun was shining on Sunday, setting the stage for the Giants' highest score of the season - and a potent start from both sides.
A combined quarter-time score of 7.3 (45) was just one point short of equalling the most prolific first term in AFLW history.
Staunton, as she has done so often since starting her AFLW career in 2018, led the way for GWS.
The 39-year-old, who feared her career was over after breaking both the tibia and fibula bones in her right leg during 2019, kicked the hosts' opening two goals.
Staunton, who returned to Australia last December and was released from hotel quarantine on Christmas Day, continued to work tirelessly.
With the game in the balance and the Giants' lead just seven points after a goal-less third term, she stepped up with two goals in two minutes.
Staunton's third goal was an opportunistic effort after repeat stoppages in the Giants' forward line, a product of their impressive pressure, while her fourth was a cracking set shot from the pocket.
GWS established a seven-point lead at quarter-time and remained in front for the rest of the contest, with Aisling McCarthy's knee injury souring the Eagles' defeat.
McCarthy landed awkwardly after a marking contest late in the final term.
"I don't think it is as bad as it initially looked. It was a really bad knock but it doesn't look like there is anything structurally wrong," Eagles coach Daniel Pratt said.
"The Giants' experience got them over the line."
GWS young gun Alyce Parker (25 disposals and six tackles) continued her productive start to the season, while Isabella Lewis (16 disposals and nine tackles) was among the Eagles' best.