Round 4 saw the Sussex Swans make the journey North to the Rye, with our Giants women hoping to stop the Premiership flag hopeful's strong start to the season in its tracks. An opposition with as much footy pedigree as Sussex would have left many an opponent feeling intimidated - but not the Giants.
The women came out firing, splitting the difference in the first 10 minutes and going toe-to-toe with the Premiership outfit. Unfortunately, a lapse in concentration saw them concede a couple of cheap goals late in the term and this narrative went on to shape most of the day's story.
For prolonged periods the Giants were able to hold their own and even assert their brand of footy on the Swans - this was best exemplified by an electrifying passage of play ending in the safe hands and on the even safer boot of Alyssa Tuddenham who converted the team's only major of the day.
Despite the squad's ability to match it with Sussex in spurts, the Swans were able to make the most of their periods of dominance, converting opportunities with aplomb. After all was said and done, Sussex ran away 59-point victors but the Giants won't be disheartened. The performance reflected significant improvement compared to the same match-up last season and proved that our women are capable of matching it with anybody - conference league should be worried.
Shoutouts must go to Alyssa Tuddenham for kicking her first goal in 18-a-side footy, and both Emma DeSouza and Laura Crust for strong returns to the Giants after stints on the sidelines.
The women will look to hit the track with vigour this week and build upon their fighting spirit ahead of a big matchup with the West London Wildcats 1s on Saturday.
Giants: 1.1 7
Sussex: 9.12 66
Goal Kickers: Alyssa Tuddenham (1st)
Boat Race (combined): Swans comfortably
Breast & Fairest: Ellie Hyner
Dick of the Day: Claudia Kwok