Both sides definitely caught the eye in Round 1 but it was Carlton that emerged with a win while the Giants won plenty of respect, however, still fell short of getting the points. Carlton beat Collingwood in the season opener by eight points in the lowest scoring affair of the first week. GWS led for a good part of the game against premiership fancies Melbourne but couldn’t deliver the killer blow when needed to ultimately go down by just six points.
Key stat: GWS, which finished bottom of the ladder last week, recorded 39 points in their loss to Melbourne – more than Brisbane and Carlton who won their opening round matches.
Being a home match for the Giants we’ll go with them to kick the first major. The obvious choice in this market is Phoebe McWilliams who registered three goals last week against the Demons and she looks set to be an important part of the Giants offence once again here. If she is firing then GWS will go a long way to winning this one.
Key stat: GWS had more kicks, handballs, disposals, and more importantly goals than Carlton in the opening round of competition. McWilliams heads into Round 2 as joint leading goal kicker in the competition along with Melbourne’s Richelle Cranston and the Bulldogs’ Katie Brennan.
First Goal Scorer: Phoebe McWilliams (GWS)
Value pick: GWS / GWS / GWS / GWS (Quarter-By-Quarter Leader)