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Mixed Results for GIANTS in Winter Series Opener

GIANTS Media  June 10, 2018 3:18 PM

Alicia Eva (left) and Louise Stephenson (right) celebrate a goal for the Northern GIANTS in their win over the Suns on Saturday. - GWS Giants,AFLW,Gold Coast Suns,Brisbane Lions

Alicia Eva (left) and Louise Stephenson (right) celebrate a goal for the Northern GIANTS in their win over the Suns on Saturday.

It was a lot of fun, it’s such a great opportunity for girls from the AFL Sydney competition to play up a level and showcase their abilities.

The Northern GIANTS were outstanding on Saturday at Tom Wills Oval in their clash with the Gold Coast Suns, winning by 35 points in wet conditions.

GIANTS AFL Women’s contracted players Alicia Eva, Phoebe Monahan and Ellie Brush were among the Northern GIANTS’ best, while former rookie Haneen Zrieka was impressive in the 7.8 (50) to 2.3 (15) win.

Eva kicked a goal and set up another while playing in her familiar role as an on-baller, while Monahan was solid in defence before spending time in the midfield. 

“It was a lot of fun, it’s such a great opportunity for girls from the AFL Sydney competition to play up a level and showcase their abilities,” Monahan said. 

“Having only trained a handful of times together we really gelled as a unit.

“It felt good being back alongside Nicola Barr, Brush and Renee Tomkins in the backline.”

“There’s always room for improvement but it was great to get a win under our belt.”

The Gold Coast Suns will enter AFLW in 2020 and Monahan said they’re already building a competitive squad.

“They came out firing in every quarter,” she said.

“They were tough at the ball, held their structures and were a tough team to play against.”

The match was evenly poised at quarter-time, before the Northern GIANTS kicked five of the next seven goals to run away with the game.

On Sunday, the Southern GIANTS came up against a strong Brisbane Lions side that featured more than a dozen AFLW-listed players at Tom Wills Oval.

The Southern GIANTS – a team made up of players from across the Riverina and Canberra - were no match for the two-time AFLW runners up, losing by 116 points. 

Despite impressive performances from inaugural GIANT Britt Tully and young Holbrook product Alyce Parker, the Southern GIANTS were held scoreless, losing 0.0 (0) to 18.8 (116). 

Tully was tireless playing in the midfield for the Southern GIANTS, while Parker, who recently represented New South Wales in the NAB  Under 18’s National Championships, found plenty of the ball playing in the midfield and off half-back.

The second round of the Winter Women’s Series takes place in two weeks’ time, with the Northern GIANTS taking on Brisbane at Zilmere on Saturday, June 23 and the Southern GIANTS travelling to Southport to play Gold Coast on Sunday, June 24. CLICK HERE to see the full fixture.

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