Adelaide have bounced back into premiership contention with the biggest win in AFLW history – a 96-point demolition job on hapless GWS at Unley Oval.
The Crows also registered their highest-ever score in the 15.7 (97) to 0.1 (1) victory, while the Giants’ meagre tally was the equal lowest in the competition’s seven-year history.
Melbourne set the biggest winning margin record at 88 points by beating Fremantle earlier in the season and the Crows surged past it with onballer Anne Hatchard’s third goal in the last quarter.
It seemed the outclassed Giants would face the ignominy of a scoreless game, but Meghan Gaffney finally put them on the scoreboard by snapping a behind seconds before the three-quarter-time siren.
The Crows’ massive win was built on the midfield monopoly of Ebony Marinoff, with 36 possessions, and Hatchard, with 28, backed by captain Chelsea Randall with 21 touches.
That midfield dominance helped key forward McKenzie Dowrick kick four goals, equalling the club’s record of most goals in a game.
Giants captain Alicia Eva fought bravely in what was her 50th game, as did midfielder Alyce Parker and defender Tarni Evans.
But the visitors were simply no match for Adelaide who pounded out an emphatic signal that they are right back in premiership contention with their fourth consecutive win.
Among the Adelaide goalkickers was first-gamer and former junior Matilda Jess Waterhouse, the niece of ex-Fremantle AFL player Clive Waterhouse.
“Obviously, it’s great to make my debut in my first year,” she said. “I haven’t been playing footy that long and it’s amazing to play in a premiership side. It’s hard to crack into a team like that.
“I’m so proud of the depth we have in the squad and that [win] just shows that we’re ready to go again this year.
I played for Australia in soccer and saw the girls having a good time at the Crows and then thought I’d give it a crack and here I am.”