Crows dominate from first bounce
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.