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.
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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 result again highlights a disturbing pattern in this year’s season with a gulf emerging between the haves and ‘have nots’. Five teams have just one win for the season at the halfway point, and the Sydney Swans are yet to taste victory and are seemingly destined to have a winless season after losing to fellow expansion team Hawthorn on the weekend.
In Round 4 the Swans managed just two points when it was destroyed by Port Adelaide, now in Round 5 GWS have managed just the one point.
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 domiance helped key forward McKenzie Dowrick kick four goals, equalling the club’s record of most goals in a game.
A snapshot of Round 5
THEY SAID IT: “That was probably the fiercest I’ve been with the playing group, I was very strong and direct with my messaging at the quarter-time break. They are such a resilient young group of players that they responded immediately.” – Hawthorn coach Bec Goddard on the quarter-time spray that spurred the Hawks to a breakthrough win over Sydney.
PLAYER OF THE ROUND: Tayla Harris returned from suspension with plenty of fire in the belly and starred in Melbourne’s thumping win over her former club Carlton. Harris got the game going when she took a contested mark and wheeled onto her right boot for a wonderful goal from outside 50. She later added another two majors and finished with five marks in the 42-point win.
THE MOMENT: Richmond were able to seal a stunning upset over Brisbane but the Lions almost pinched it. In the dying minutes, with Brisbane trailing by six, Lions forward Dakota Davidson marked strongly at the top of the goalsquare. She inexplicably played on in a bid to snap the goal and Tiger Gabby Seymour threw herself across the boot to make a match-winning smother.
BEAT THAT: Collingwood star Chloe Molloy pulled off a stunning finish to effectively seal four points against Essendon. Molloy sharked a throw-in inside Collingwood’s attacking 50, danced past two would-be tacklers, sold some candy and goaled on the outside of her boot.
INJURIES: E Gamble (Ess, calf), E McKinnon (SK, concussion), O Vesely (SK, concussion), N Xenos (SK, knee), Fremantle: R Roux (Frem, mouth), J Low (Frem, knee)
STAT: Adelade claimed the biggest win in AFLW history as they trounced hapless GWS by 96 points – 15.7 (97) to 0.1 (1).
TRIBUNAL WATCH: Geelong’s Georgie Prespakis faces a nervous wait on whether she will be suspended for her dump tackle on St Kilda ruck Erin McKinnon. Prespakis pinned the arms of McKinnon before bringing the Saints ruck to the ground in the third quarter. McKinnon’s head slammed into the turf, and she was motionless for about a minute before being helped up and taken off the ground with concussion.
WHAT’S NEXT: The first AFLW Showdown highlights round six, with Erin Phillips to lead out Port Adelaide against her old club on Friday night at Adelaide Oval. Other highlights include Brisbane’s attempt to bounce back against Essendon while Fremantle face a tough ask against Melbourne. Resurgent Richmond can put pressure on the top four if they do the job against Gold Coast on Saturday evening.