Crows dom­i­nate from first bounce

Sunday Herald Sun - - Afl - REECE HOMFRAY ADE­LAIDE

AF­TER a life­time of wait­ing it took all of just one minute yes­ter­day for Ade­laide’s women’s foot­ball team to an­nounce its ar­rival to the world against Greater Western Syd­ney.

Flaw­less end-to-end footy started at full-back and re­sulted in the first goal to Kel­lie Gib­son — or as the young girls scream­ing from the stands call her, “Gibbo”.

The kick-in from full-back was marked by Ebony Mari- noff, she moved the ball to Deni Varn­hagen on the wing, Erin Phillips worked her op­po­nent un­der the footy and hand­balled to a run­ning Gib­son who goalled from 30m, rais­ing her arms as if to say “here we are”.

The Crows were all over GWS phys­i­cally and with their in­ten­sity to win by 36 points.

Phillips has won WNBA cham­pi­onships, but the smile on her face af­ter kick­ing three goals yes­ter­day looked like it meant just as much.

Mo­men­tum from Fri­day night’s 24,000 lockout in Mel­bourne spilt across the bor­der with 9250 fans turn­ing out in sub­ur­ban Ade­laide.

Ade­laide de­fended as a team, led su­perbly by Heather Anderson, while co-cap­tain Chelsea Ran­dall showed pace and poise in the con­test and Rhi­an­non Met­calfe’s tap work in the ruck was su­perb.

Tayla Thorn showed a first­class side­step and Sarah Perkins’ set shot goal from 40m brought the house down.

The Giants had sev­eral strong con­trib­u­tors, led by un­der-siege de­fender Alexan­dra Saun­dry, while Jes­sica Dal Pos showed dash and Erin McKin­non looked a nat­u­ral, but they were just out­gunned.

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