The Brisbane Lions have reaffirmed their AFLW premiership credentials with a 38-point demolition of Greater Western Sydney.
It was one-way traffic at Canberra's Manuka Oval on Saturday as the Lions kept the Giants goalless until nine minutes into the third quarter to run out 7.13 (55) to 2.5 (17) winners.
The commanding margin should have been even greater as Brisbane sprayed multiple chances and GWS had the better of the second-half.
But the game was all over at halftime as the Lions led by 41 points to back up their impressive upset of premiership favourites Fremantle last week.
"Given everything we've been dealt in the last three weeks, I thought it was pretty impressive," Lions coach Craig Starcevich told reporters.
"We probably didn't take our chances in the second-half. We've had 48 to 19 inside-50s and probably didn't put the opposition away, but a lot of the job was done.
"The worrying bit for me was we had come back from Perth last week and a couple of six-day breaks so I thought fatigue may have been an issue."
Exciting Lions small forwards Dakota Davidson, Isabel Dawes, Courtney Hodder and Jessica Wuetschner caused havoc for GWS' defence.
Davidson's two majors took her to top of the league goalkicking list with 10, heading past Adelaide superstar Erin Phillips, Western Bulldogs tall Isabel Huntington and Collingwood ace Chloe Molloy.
The Lions, who were largely written off as flag contenders before the season, moved to a 5-1 record with their only loss coming against two-time premiers Adelaide.
Giants captain Alicia Eva put in a typically gutsy effort, while midfielder Britt Tully also found plenty of the ball.
"As stupid as it sounds, I'm actually proud of them for the way we tried to play compared to last week," Giants coach Alan McConnell said.
"I thought we looked to try and play a brand of footy that is going to take us somewhere in the longer term."
Australian Associated Press