Star turns from Ebony Marinoff and Erin Phillips have propelled Adelaide to a crushing 53-point AFLW win over St Kilda at Norwood Oval.
The high-flying Crows held the Saints scoreless until late in the third term on their way to a 8.13 (61) to 1.2 (8) win on Sunday – their first victory at their home ground since round two last season.
It was a dark day for St Kilda, who recorded their lowest-ever score and suffered their largest-ever defeat.
Marinoff (23 possessions and nine tackles) and Phillips (21 disposals and a goal) were the standouts for the Crows, who had winners across every line.
Both defensive units held sway in the first quarter, with the only goal for the term coming off the boot of Phillips who converted a free kick after the siren to give her side a nine-point lead.
But while the Crows were able to keep the defensive clamps firmly tightened in the second quarter, they were also able to find their feet offensively.
Chelsea Randall continued her fine run of form in attack to boot Adelaide’s second major and back-to-back goals from Teah Charlton – the first a stunning snapshot from the boundary line under pressure – blew the margin out to 30 points at the main break.
The scoreboard at halftime told a grim tale for the visitors, but even more damning was the lopsided 29-2 inside 50 count.
The Saints didn’t manage to go inside their attacking 50 once in the second term and couldn’t conjure a single possession inside forward 50 for the half.
Danielle Ponter and Ash Woodland hit the scoreboard to deepen St Kilda’s woes after the break before Kate Shierlaw ran onto a loose ball in the goal square to open the visitors’ account with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Jessica Sedunary kicked her first goal since returning to Adelaide from a stint with the Saints after the restart and Justine Mules kicked the first goal of her AFLW career as the Crows cruised to a percentage-boosting win.