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AFLW: 'People can see it's more than just football to us'

AFLW 2017 Rd 01 - Adelaide v GWS Giants
Chelsea Randall tackles Giant Jessica Dal Pos during the AFLW round one clash. Picture: AFL Photos
People can see it's more than just football to us. To be able to play out our dreams is pretty incredible
Chelsea Randall

CHELSEA Randall admits she was in tears belting out Adelaide's theme song for the first time.

"I probably got a bit emotional in the rooms when we sung the song again," the Crows co-captain told AFL.com.au.

"You tear up because it's the start of something so big.

"People can see it's more than just football to us. To be able to play out our dreams is pretty incredible."

In the NAB AFL Women's competition, the winning team sings the club song on the ground in front of fans. The Crows gave an encore performance in the sheds.

Adelaide had plenty to cheer about after a comfortable 36-point win against an understrength Greater Western Sydney – which was without its two marquee players – at a packed Thebarton Oval last Saturday.

Randall's road to get to this point has been long and winding.

She played for Swan Districts in the Western Australian Women's Football League for eight years, she's a three-time All Australian, a dual best-and-fairest winner in the WAWFL and played in the past four AFL women’s exhibition games for Melbourne.

The Crows faced competition from several clubs to secure the 26-year-old's services as a marquee player for the inaugural AFLW season

It didn't take long for Randall to show why she was in such high demand with a dominant performance against the Giants.

Starting in the middle and also playing across half-forward, Randall racked up 16 possessions, laid six tackles and snapped a goal in the final quarter, pumping her fists wildly in celebration and hugging any teammate in sight.

"Luckily it fell into my hands and I slapped it on the boot," Randall said.

"(In) the first half, we were really excited and everyone was so nervous as well.

"We got through that pretty well. We were pumped we had such a massive crowd."

After the elation of their opening triumph, the Crows now need to recalibrate ahead of Friday night's blockbuster with fellow first-up winners, the Western Bulldogs, at Whitten Oval.

"Round one is out of the way, we're now looking forward to round two and getting ourselves prepared," Randall said.

"We'll go through some of the things we can improve on and some of our strengths and take that into the game."

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