GWS ended their five-game losing streak in AFLW with a defiant performance, securing a comfortable 20-point win on West Coast.
- The Giants triumphed 6.8 (44) to 3.6 (24)
- They had lost their first 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 in Blacktown and put their winless first half of the season behind them.
The ever-prolific Alyce Parker (23 disposals, 10 clearances) was a leading figure 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 scored three goals in an electric performance.
Young Eagles rookie Ella Roberts also shined, kicking off the game with the opening goal.
Former Giant Aimee Schmidt backed up Roberts’ goal with one of her own to extend the lead to 12 points before quarter-time, but it would be the last time the visitors scored a major.
A skirmish broke out as tempers boiled in the second term and GWS debutant Rene Caris took advantage of a momentarily distracted West Coast to score his first career goal.
Chloe Dalton put the Giants ahead for the first time before a monster Eagles effort made it 2.5 (17) at halftime.
GWS collected four additional contested possessions and 10 additional uncontested disposals compared to West Coast during the third term.
Three majors for Goldsworthy and one for skipper Alicia Eva blew the margin to 26 points, effectively ending the competition.
GWS have a chance to build a winning streak when they face 12th-placed St Kilda in the next round.
West Coast faces an uphill battle against undefeated Melbourne premiers.