Ponter’s stunning goal from the centre highlights Crows win

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The Adelaide Crows have beaten Richmond by 29 points at a wet Princes Park to go top of the AFLW ladder early in round two.

On a cold, wet, miserable day in Melbourne, conditions were difficult for both teams, but Adelaide came away with the points, 6.5 (41) to 2.0 (12).

The Tigers had come off a great win over the Brisbane Lions in round one, but they had no answers against Adelaide, failing to kick a point in the final three quarters.

The Crows wasted no time in getting on the board, with Caitlin Gould converting from a set shot after a minute of play.

Tigers star Monique Conti was one of the players who coped well with conditions, winning a string of clearances at stoppage for the home side.

Conti levelled the game after three minutes. Scores were at a premium, with Poppy Kelly bagging another for Richmond at the 15-minute mark.

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The Tigers led by five points at quarter-time.

The visitors got going in the second quarter, with a couple of early goals. Rachelle Martin kicked the Crows second after four minutes, and then Danielle Ponter scored a stunning major a minute later.

Taking advantage of a strong wind going down the ground, Ponter took the ball away from a centre bounce and booted the ball from well inside the centre square — it took a big bounce over the heads of players in the forward 50 and trickled over the line.

The Tigers could not make any headway against the wind, and the Crows led by seven points, 3.1 (19) to 2.0 (12) at half-time.

Adelaide took control in the third term, negating Richmond’s attack while playing into the wind, and managing a vital goal against the grain.

A brilliant transition from the Crows saw Ebony Marinoff get clear on the wing and spot up Caitlan Gould inside 50.

Gould settled and kicked her second of the game just over five minutes left in the quarter, to extend the lead to 14 points.

The Crows then added another before three quarter-time, with Eloise Jones being given a free kick for a push in the back — she converted the set shot from 15m out.

With a quarter to go, the Crows led by 20 points, and they pushed further ahead early in the final term when Gould kicked her third of the day with a booming set shot from more than 40m out.

For the Tigers, Conti was the clear leader, racking up 29 possessions and nine clearances. Marinoff had six clearances and 23 possessions for the Crows.

The win puts Adelaide on top of the ladder with two wins from two games.