The round-one win broke one of the Giants’ hoodoos of never winning an opening game in the first three years of the AFLW.
“It definitely just builds momentum going into the next round,” Schmidt said. “We have gained some confidence … hopefully, we can build on this.”
Despite the Bureau predicting 120-200mm to fall in the area the clash with newcomers Gold Coast Suns, who made their AFLW debut on Saturday, attracted 1540 spectators.
Schmidt said the size of the crowd proved how mammoth the year ahead is for the women’s game.
The goal scorer was not phased by reports of negative social media posts over the weekend, after the AFL responded multiple times to comments in reference to the start of the women’s season.
“You don’t really focus too much on all the trolling and stuff that happens on social media you kind of block that stuff out,” Schmidt said. “We know we’re good at this sport. We play a different style to the men and I think that’s what where some people will find it different. But I think we go in hard and we give it a real good crack.”
“If you give [the AFLW] an opportunity, you’re definitely going to enjoy the game.”
A surprise early lead came from the debutants, with the first-ever Suns goal coming from the boot of former Giant Britt Perry in the first quarter. The Giants failed to spark at all during the first half, with the Suns leading 8-2 at the break.
It was the firepower from Aimee Schmidt that saved the day for the home team, which eventually sealed a one-point win.
Coach Alan McConnell said Alyce Parker’s effort was vital to the outcome and that Giants “would take” the win, despite the low score.
“It’s good to get a result in round one, which is new for us,” he said. “The girls have afforded me a lot of firsts in my career in the last couple of years, one of them being today winning the game and kicking one goal, which is not ideal.”
McConnell said that while the obvious take-away was the fact the side “needed to kick more goals” he was “disappointed structurally” in the first half of the game.
“The opposition looked like they were going to score off every one of their entries and we looked really vulnerable behind the ball, which is something we’ve worked really hard at,” he said. “The nature of round one and the conditions sort of just hijacked us a bit.”
The Giants face up for round two against North Melbourne on February 15.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.