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Falcons deliver strong message

Geelong Falcon Daisy Smith gets her kick away in the 58-point win over Gippsland Power. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

GEELONG Falcons have posted their highest ever score in handing Gippsland Power a 58-point hiding in the NAB League clash at Deakin University’s Elite Sports Precinct.

In their first-ever meeting with the Power, the reigning premier put the contest out of the visitors’ reach by quarter time after kicking four goals without reply in warm conditions.

“We spoke about that (making a fast start) before the game,” coach Jason Armistead said.

“Maybe we spent all our petrol tickets early – we were probably a bit sluggish in the second half.

“But, I can’t complain too much.”

Renee Tierney kicked a career-high four goals, while Mia Skinner contributed three majors.

“The forward line was actually quite good in Round 1 but didn’t put the score on the board like we should have.

“We did a little bit of work during the week, and we just looked really dangerous every time the ball went forward.

“Four (goals) in the first quarter set us on our way.”

Paige Sheppard again impressed in the midfield, while captain Lucy McEvoy showed why she is likely to be a high AFLW draft pick later this year.

“Paige is just so smart around the contest, and she was really consistent all day,” Armistead said.

“And Lucy played a great captain’s game in the middle of the ground mainly.”

The Falcons, who are one of only two undefeated teams after the opening two rounds host Bendigo at Deakin University next Sunday at 1:00 pm.

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GEELONG FALCONS 4.4, 7.5, 8.8, 11.9 (75)

GIPPSLAND POWER 0.0, 0.3, 0.4, 2.5 (17)

Goals: Geelong Falcons: R. Tierney 4, M. Skinner 3, L. McEvoy, L. Gardiner, J. Robinson, D. Moloney

Gippsland Power: G. McRae, C. Robinson

Best: Geelong Falcons: P. Sheppard, L. McEvoy, R. Tierney, D. Moloney, L. Lesosky-Hay, L. Gardiner

Gippsland Power: N. Webber, G. McRae, M. Fitzsimon, C. Abrahams , M. Van Berkel, M. Shaw