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Record AFLW win for Crows

It was party time for Adelaide in their record-breaking AFLW win over GWS. (Matt Turner/AAP PHOTOS) (AAP)

Adelaide have bounced back into premiership contention with the biggest win in AFLW history - a 96-point demolition job on hapless GWS at Unley Oval.

The Crows also registered their highest-ever score in the 15.7 (97) to 0.1 (1) victory, while the Giants' meagre tally was the equal lowest in the competition's seven-year history.

Melbourne set the biggest winning margin record at 88 points by beating Fremantle earlier in the season and the Crows surged past it with onballer Anne Hatchard's third goal in the last quarter.

It seemed the outclassed Giants would face the ignominy of a scoreless game, but Meghan Gaffney finally put them on the scoreboard by snapping a behind seconds before the three-quarter time siren.

The Crows' massive win was built on the midfield monopoly of Ebony Marinoff, with 36 possessions, and Hatchard, with 28, backed by captain Chelsea Randall with 21 touches.

That midfield domiance helped key forward McKenzie Dowrick kick four goals, equalling the club's record of most goals in a game.

Giants captain Alicia Eva fought bravely in what was her 50th game, as did midfielder Alyce Parker and defender Tarni Evans.

But the visitors were simply no match for Adelaide who pounded out an emphatic signal that they are right back in premiership contention with their fourth consecutive win.

Adelaide issued an ominous warning in the opening minutes when Randall set free Marinoff to utilise her thumping left boot for the first goal.

Controlling the centre and stoppage clearances, the Crows bombarded the Giants' defence.

The home team had four goals on the board before the Giants' first entry inside scoring range.

When GWS did threaten with an entry inside their forward 50, it was invariably turned back by Adelaide's defence so ably led by the experienced Sarah Allan.

With midfielders Randall, Marinoff and Hatchard running almost unchecked, the Crows underlined their scoring versatility with five individual goalkickers to post their highest first quarter score.

While the Giants were able to partly stem the home team's scoreboard spree from the second quarter, there was no coming back, particularly after being held scoreless in the horribly lopsided first half.

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