West Adelaide strung together its second win in succession after out-muscling Norwood by 12 points in a tight tussle at Hickinbotham Oval on Sunday.
With just one goal kicked by either team in the first half, it was Bloods youngster Jaimi Tabb who proved to be a difference-maker, along with captain Alli Evans across half-back.
Tabb – one of just two Croweaters in this year’s AFL Women’s Academy – kicked her team’s first major when she read the play well to swoop on a loose ball and convert in the goal square two minutes into the second term.
The talented teenager then put her side 18 points up 12 minutes into the fourth quarter when she kicked truly on the run from 20m, coming after team-mates Rachael Killian and Courtney Mesecke made the most of free kicks by converting 15m set shots in the third stanza.
Bloods skipper Evans led from the front yet again, her natural footy smarts carrying her to the drop of the ball on several occasions en route to racking up a game high 20 disposals.
She set the tone for her side shortly after a break in play during the third term, when promising Bloods midfielder Nicole Hooper was stretchered from the ground with a suspected broken leg.
WEST 4.2 (26)
NORWOOD 2.2 (14)
LEADING DISPOSALS – West: Evans 20, Solly 18, Martin 16, Armistead, Martin 15, Killian 11, Lowery 10.
GOALS – West: Tabb 2, Mesecke (1), Killian (1)
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