Pingrup defender sets new AFLW bounce record in Eagles loss to Giants

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Eagles’ Belinda Smith breaks clear against the Giants.
Camera IconEagles’ Belinda Smith breaks clear against the Giants. Credit: Getty Images

The West Coast Eagles fell to their fourth loss of the 2021 AFLW season after a competitive first half against Greater Western Sydney at Blacktown International Sportspark on Sunday.

Denmark ruck Parris Laurie kicked a first-quarter goal after breaking free from her opponent at the 50m arc and running in to kick truly.

The Eagles trailed by seven points at the end of a high-scoring first term and the Giants pushed the margin to eight by the long break.

In search of their first win this season, the Eagles trimmed the deficit to seven points at three- quarter time but the home side kicked two majors in the fourth stanza to finish 20-point winners at the final siren.

Laurie had 14 hit-outs, seven disposals and two marks to go with her goal in the round four defeat.

Eagles’ Parris Laurie of West Coast contests the ruck.
Camera IconEagles’ Parris Laurie of West Coast contests the ruck. Credit: Getty Images

Pingrup defender Belinda Smith collected 10 possessions and two marks for the Eagles across half-back and Albany’s Sophie McDonald gathered six touches. Smith provided great run and carry, continuing her impressive season.

She now also holds the AFLW record for the most running bounces in a game with 11.

The Eagles will now return home to face Gold Coast on Sunday, in their best chance yet to secure a first win.

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