The GWS Giants have kept themselves within reach of an AFLW finals spot with a 20-point victory over St Kilda in torrential rain at Moorabbin.
- The Giants scored more than half of their 45 points in the first quarter
- GWS forwards Cora Staunton and Rebecca Privitelli kicked three goals each
- The Giants are within one win of the finals spots with two rounds left
GWS forwards Cora Staunton and Rebecca Privitelli sparked the Giants as they adapted to the wet conditions better, booting four goals to none in a match-winning first quarter to run out 7.3 (45) to 3.7 (25) winners on Saturday.
Veteran Staunton, who turns 40 this year, and Privitelli were the game changers with three goals each.
The Saints worked their way back into the game as they outscored the Giants 18-0 in the second quarter, but were scoreless after half-time until the dying seconds when Caitlin Greiser slotted a major on the siren.
They trailed by less than a goal late in the third quarter before GWS extended the lead back out to 20 points at the final break.
Only one point was kicked to the southern end of the ground for three quarters until Staunton broke Saints’ hearts with the first and only major of the final term.
The result was GWS’s third win of the season, while the Saints slump to a 2-5 record.
Georgia Patrikios was St Kilda’s best with 27 possessions and 10 tackles, while Alice Burke, daughter of Saints legend Nathan, showed some promising signs in her second appearance at the top level.
The Giants climbed to within one win of the finals spots with two rounds left, although a number of teams above them have a game in hand.