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Lions big win puts them on top of AFLW ladder — at least for now

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The Brisbane Lions have reaffirmed their AFLW premiership credentials with a 38-point demolition of Greater Western Sydney.

It was one-way traffic at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on Saturday as the Lions kept the Giants goalless until nine minutes into the third quarter to run out 7.13 (55) to 2.5 (17) winners.

The commanding margin should have been even greater as Brisbane sprayed multiple chances and GWS had the better of the second half.

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But the game was all over at half-time as the Lions led by 41 points to back up their impressive upset of premiership favourites Fremantle last week.

Exciting Lions small forwards Dakota Davidson, Isabel Dawes, Courtney Hodder and Jessica Wuetschner caused havoc for GWS’ defence.

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Davidson’s two majors took her to the top of the league goalkicking list with 10, heading past Adelaide superstar Erin Phillips, Western Bulldogs tall Isabel Huntington and Collingwood ace Chloe Molloy.

The Lions, who were largely written off as flag contenders before the season, moved to a 5-1 record with their only loss coming against two-time premiers Adelaide.

Giants captain Alicia Eva put in a typically gutsy effort, while midfielder Britt Tully also found plenty of the ball.

GWS evened up some of the stats in the second half, and the Giants won the clearances 24-23.

But the weight of Brisbane attacks was too much, with the Lions having 48 inside 50s compared to only 19 forward entries for the Giants.

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The game was the first of three on Saturday, with the Adelaide Crows facing the Gold Coast Suns and Melbourne taking on taking on St Kilda.

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