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Demons send an AFLW warning with victory in GF rematch against Crows

Melbourne midfielders Karen Paxman and Eliza West have played starring roles in an 18-point victory over Adelaide in the AFLW grand final rematch.

The Demons reversed the result from last season’s premiership decider with a 6.8 (44) to 4.2 (26) win at Glenelg Oval in Adelaide on Friday night.

West was superb, collecting a game-high 25 disposals, while her teammates Paxman (24 touches, one goal) and Olivia Purcell (22 possessions) and were prolific ball-winners.

Star Demon Tayla Harris, in a roaming forward-ruck role, was also prominent with one goal from 13 disposals.

Adelaide attacker Ash Woodland booted three goals, and on-baller Anne Hatchard (24 disposals) — in her 50th AFLW game — and defender Chelsea Randall (17 touches) were prominent but the Crows trailed at every change.

Woodland opened the scoring within two minutes but the Demons soon responded when Kate Hore pounced on a loose ball in a forward pocket and booted towards the top of the goal square.

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