1. West Coast skipper Emma Swanson continued her fine start to the season with a solid performance against her former club. The 24-year-old was particularly strong on the inside against Greater Western Sydney, winning nine contested possessions and eight clearances (four from the centre bounce) on the day. She finished the match with 19 disposals, four inside 50s and three rebound 50s in her stats column.
2. Dana Hooker was among the team’s busiest players before copping an errant boot to the face late in the final term. The 29-year-old appeared to be everywhere at Blacktown International Sportspark, amassing a game-high 23 disposals and 13 contested possessions. She also brought eight Giants to ground in a tireless outing.
3. As has been the case in their first two games, West Coast brought plenty of tackling pressure to the contest on Sunday. The Eagles dominated the tackle count 60-48, which was a reflection of their never say die attitude in what was a challenging day.
4. While the Eagles brought the heat without the ball in hand, they lacked connection moving inside the attacking arc. The visitors only managed 17 inside 50 entries and five shots from those attacking raids compared to the Giants’ 30 entries and 17 shots at the big sticks. Improving that ball movement forward of centre will doubtless be a focus ahead of Saturday’s encounter with the Western Bulldogs.
5. It might have taken until the final quarter, but it was fantastic to see Mikayla Bowen and Imahra Cameron kick their first AFLW goals on Sunday. Bowen’s maiden major wasn’t an atypical one – a half-committed snap that dribbled through the tall posts following advantage paid – but it was reward for a solid performance. Cameron’s first six pointer was all class. The livewire midfielder got on the end of an inside 50 entry from Tarnee Tester and launched the Sherrin through the major opening from more than 40 metres out. The two goals helped West Coast win the quarter, but it wasn’t enough to reign in the Giants.