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Crows signal finals aspirations in Randall’s sparkling return

West Coast managed to slot a pair of majors through Bowen and Niamh Kelly on fast counter-attacks pushing the ball into space, but missed a chance to be only one point down when Kellie Gibson could not capitalise on a decent look at the goal posts.

An inability to find targets up forward in the second half saw the Eagles fall behind as Adelaide took over the game.

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The relentless pressure from the Crows, who won the clearance battle 10-3 in the third, paid dividends on the scoreboard as Phillips (2.3) nailed two of her three early scoring opportunities.

A blistering Ebony Marinoff, who would have missed the match were it not for a successful appeal of a three-game suspension at the tribunal during the week, then got on the scoreboard with her own major before Eloise Jones capped off Adelaide’s massive third quarter when she converted a late free-kick opportunity for a 32-point lead.

Marinoff was too much to contain for the Eagles as she racked up 21 disposals and made five tackles.

The Crows cruised the rest of the way to notch their first win of the season.

Adelaide captain and centre half back Chelsea Randall put on a show in her first game in 671 days after an ACL injury ruled her out just before the start of the last season.

The West Australian was breaking tackles and gliding through the air on her way to 19 disposals in a strong return.

She said after the game it had been a long journey to get back to playing but it was great to be back out on the park kicking the footy with her mates.

Niamh Kelly was one of two goal kickers for West Coast in their Loss to Adelaide.

Niamh Kelly was one of two goal kickers for West Coast in their Loss to Adelaide.Credit:Getty

Injury nightmare continues for Green

Saturday was meant to be the start of a new chapter in Brianna Green’s career after only playing two and half games of AFLW in the past four years.

The midfielder managed to get two touches before coming off second best in an aerial contest and injuring her left ankle early on.

Green, who has had a shoulder and knee reconstruction, was able to walk off the field and even come back on for a few minutes in the last quarter.

ADELAIDE

2.1 3.2 7.5 8.8 (56)

WEST COAST

0.1 2.3 2.3 2.6 (18)

GOALS

Adelaide: Phillips 3, Woodland 2, Biddell, Considine, Jones, Marinoff

West Coast: Bowen, N. Kelly

BEST

Adelaide: Phillips, Marinoff, Randall, Metcalfe, Woodland, Allen, Jones

West Coast: Swanson, Hooker, Bowen, McCarthy, Laurie

VENUE

Mineral Resources Park

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