Zarlie Goldsworthy celebrates a goal during round six, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

GREATER Western Sydney has ended its five-game losing streak with a defiant performance, claiming a comfortable 20-point win over West Coast.

The fabled 'big, big sound' from Sydney's west returned on Saturday when the Giants overcame a slow start to seal a 6.8 (44) to 3.6 (24) victory over the Eagles at Blacktown and put their winless first half of the season behind them.

The ever-prolific Alyce Parker (23 disposals, 10 clearances, 16 contested possessions) was reliably prominent for the hosts, supported by Nicola Barr and Rebecca Beeson.


But it was 18-year-old Zarlie Goldsworthy who stole the show with her class.

The emerging star kicked three goals in an electric performance.

The Eagles' own young gun Ella Roberts also shone, kickstarting the match with the opening goal.

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Former Giant Aimee Schmidt backed up Roberts' goal with one of her own to build the margin to 12 points before quarter time, but it would be the last time the visitors would slot a major.

A skirmish erupted as tempers boiled in the second term and GWS debutant Rene Caris took advantage of a momentarily distracted West Coast to kick her first career goal.


Chloe Dalton put the Giants in front for the first time before a monster effort by the Eagles drew level 2.5 (17) by halftime.

There was no stopping a surging 'orange tsunami' in the second half, with GWS gathering four more contested possessions and 10 more uncontested disposals in comparison to West Coast's in the third term.

Three majors to Zarlie Goldsworthy and one from skipper Alicia Eva blew the margin out to 26 points, effectively ending the contest.

The Giants (1-5) have a chance to build a winning streak when they take on St Kilda next round, while West Coast (1-5) face an uphill battle against reigning premier Melbourne.


GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY      0.0     2.5    4.7   6.8 (44)
WEST COAST                                2.4    2.5    2.5   3.6 (24)

Greater Western Sydney: Goldsworthy 3, Caris, Dalton, Eva
West Coast: Roberts, Schmidt, Hooker

Greater Western Sydney: Goldsworthy, Barr, Parker, Zreika
West Coast: Roberts, Smith, Swanson, Thomas

Greater Western Sydney: Nil
West Coast: Goranova (knee)

Crowd: 927 at Blacktown International Sports Park