JASMINE Garner has inspired North Melbourne to a convincing 18-point AFLW victory over a wasteful Greater Western Sydney in Launceston.
The 25-year-old notched two goals and 19 disposals on Saturday afternoon as the Kangaroos bounced back in style from a close round-one loss to Melbourne.
North Melbourne pulled away from the Giants in a two-goal-to-none second term, before running out 6.1 (37) to 2.7 (19) winners in blustery conditions.
Garner was outstanding in the first half as the Kangaroos turned a 6-all first quarter deadlock into an 18-9 lead at the main break.
She scored the game’s opening major and first of the second quarter with a snap after picking up a loose ball.
Skipper Emma Kearney and Jenna Bruton topped the disposals for North Melbourne with 20 each.
GWS squandered two majors in the second quarter, one from Haneen Zreika who missed from point-blank range on a free run to the goal square.
The Kangaroos played the second half without forward Kaitlyn Ashmore, who failed a concussion test after suffering a nasty head clash.
Tempers flared midway through the third quarter when North Melbourne’s Brittany Gibson pushed over Brittany Tully at a stoppage.
Tully nailed the goal from the subsequent free kick to reduce the margin to 25-15.
But the Kangaroos rallied and scored the game’s final two goals to maintain their unbeaten record in Tasmania.
Giants’ skipper Alicia Eva was a constant presence and topped her side’s possession count with a game-high 21, while Lisa Steane provided spark off the bench in her AFLW debut.
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NORTH MELBOURNE 1.0 3.0 5.1 6.1 (37)
GWS GIANTS 1.0 1.3 2.4 2.7 (19)
Goals: North Melbourne: J Garner 2 Emma King Elisha King K Gillespie-Jones S Abbatangelo. GWS Giants: B Tully H Zreika.
Umpires: Nathan Williamson, Andrew Crosby, Courtney Gibson.
Official Crowd: 2,102 at University of Tasmania Stadium.