But the team have done it before.
«If you actually look at the strip last year, we narrowly lost game one [then] we lost game two and were a bit disappointed, in exactly the same circumstances,» coach Alan McConnell said. «Then we got on a bit of a roll.»
GWS suffered similar fate in their round two Drummoyne Oval home game last year, where live broadcasts were cut and play was delayed due to thunderstorms before the Giants lost to Carlton.
Eyes were on the weather again as Friday night’s game was delayed by 45 minutes while rain lashed the oval and lightning presented a safety risk. When the game finally got started it soon stopped again, as power faltered and the flood lights went off 10 minutes into the second quarter.
«Concentration in those circumstances is really challenged, just as much for them as it is for us, so there’s no excuses,» McConnell said. «But it’s unbelievably tough to put on a good show in those circumstances.»
The first three quarters saw both teams strong in the contest and mired in a constant midfield battle as they clashed on the soggy field. The game was tight until the fourth quarter, when the Kangaroos pulled away.
«We certainly gave them some easy ball on the outside [in the fourth]. I’m not sure we put them under a lot of pressure like we did in the third quarter,» McConnell said. «Basically we were chasing tail.»
«We had players who had moments but we didn’t have anybody who I felt was profoundly dominant for long periods. I think all of our girls would feel like they could be more consistent across the game.»
The Giants will be looking to improve their kicking game next week after booting just two majors.
«We’re pretty aware there are some things we need to go away and be better at, but I certainly can’t question the girls’ effort,» McConnell said.
The Giants face Carlton at Blacktown International Sportspark in round three of the AFLW on Saturday, February 16.
Natassia is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.