The AFLW’s leading goalscorer, Stevie-Lee Thompson, kicked two of her three goals in the final quarter in front of a bumper crowd of 7700.
“Every home game we play makes it worthwhile coming out here,” Thompson said. “It’s very special.”
A string of injuries including a broken collarbone to Jacinda Barclay, torn hamstring for Nicola Barr and whiplash to Alyce Parker left GWS short of rotations on the bench nearing the end of the game.
Giants captain Amanda Farrugia said her side tried hard against the competition heavyweights.
“They’re a really elite unit. We tried our best for three quarters,” she said.
“Effort doesn’t really count for much at the end of the game, but no-one’s walked off the field thinking they could have done any more.
“We had our chances from time to time, and with the lack of inside 50s you can really only have so many shots at goal.”
The Giants only made it inside 50 on 15 occasions, compared to Adelaide’s 46.
“We obviously have a lot to work on and we only have a short turnaround, so we’ll get down to the training track and make sure we put in an improved performance against Geelong,” Farrugia said.
The Giants entered the round six retaining a mathematical chance at making the play-offs, but Sunday’s loss rules them out.
“Despite the lack of wins this season our morale is still quite high,” Farrugia said. “We’ve done a lot of work during the week in trying to identify areas we need to improve on.
“By no means do we think the season’s done and dusted. We’ve got pride on the line and we definitely want to put a good one in against Geelong.”
Adelaide’s win leaves them with a strong chance of finishing at the top of the ladder and hosting a preliminary final.
Natassia is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.