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Champion Crows Phillips and Randall return to thump West Coast in AFLW

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Adelaide can be determined to maintain Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall on the park in 2021 after they dominated West Coast within the Crows’ 38-point drubbing of West Coast.

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Randall missed all the 2020 season after tearing her ACL within the first preseason sport, whereas Phillips solely performed two video games final 12 months as she struggled in her comeback from the identical harm within the 2019 grand last.

However neither appeared to have missed a beat within the Crows’ first sport of 2021, with Randall ending with 19 disposals, together with 4 rating involvements, and Phillips slotting two objectives and a match-high 23 possessions within the 8.8 (56) to 2.6 (18) victory.

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The pair, who’re now not a captaincy duo after Phillips relinquished the position earlier than the season, led the best way from the opening exchanges and saved a sloppier Eagles facet out of the competition because the temperatures in Perth approached 35 levels Celsius later within the sport.

Ebony Marinoff, who was only playing the game after getting a suspension overturned on appeal, had 21 disposals and a objective.

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Daisy Pearce’s Demons have been on the ropes early however regained their composure after the primary time period.(AAP: Michael Dodge, file picture)

Earlier on Saturday, Melbourne overcame some late schedule modifications to beat the Suns by 21 factors of their season opener on the Gold Coast.

The Demons have been imagined to open their season at house in opposition to Adelaide however, per week earlier than the sport, they have been informed to prepare for the journey to Queensland and pulled off a 9.2 (56) to five.5 (35) win.

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They flew up on the day of the sport and because of this, could possibly be forgiven for turning up slightly bit late, because the Suns’ Jamie Stanton kicked the primary objective 30 seconds after bouncedown and cult hero Sarah Perkins potted after the first-quarter siren to keep up the lead.

However the Demons hit again within the second time period, slotting 5 objectives to none thanks in no small half to 13 disposals by Karen Paxman, who was on tempo to interrupt the report for essentially the most possessions in an AFLW sport (35 by Adelaide’s Anne Hatchard) with 19 on the half.

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Extra importantly, Melbourne had jumped out to a 43-21 benefit.

The Suns didn’t let the lead balloon out to an embarrassing diploma, however have been victims of their very own ill-discipline because the Demons have been gifted three objectives by 30-metre penalties all through the sport.

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Tegan Cunningham, Kate Hore and Krstel Petrevski all potted doubles for the Demons, whereas Perkins nabbed a pair for the Suns in opposition to her former membership.

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