The North Melbourne Kangaroos have convincingly beaten the GWS Giants 48-23 at Drummoyne Oval on a rain soaked evening at Drummoyne Oval.
One of the early competition favourites, the Kangaroos superior kicking game and ball use throughout the match ensured their victory over the Giants.
For the second year running, the match was severely hampered by wet weather, as the rain teemed down in Sydney.
Both teams finally got on almost an hour after the scheduled kick-off and GWS wasted no time in hitting the lead as their vice-captain Alicia Eva kicked the first goal of the night for a 7-1 lead.
North Melbourne quickly countered when they pushed into their opponents' pocket and it didn't take long for Emma Kearney to score and lock the match up at 7-all.
Another goal through Daisy Bateman ensued shortly after for North Melbourne and they hit the lead. It was 14-7 at quarter time.
During the early stages of the second quarter, neither team were on target, but the Giants managed two behinds to Rebecca Beeson and Bernardi before the Kangaroos displayed great skill and teamwork with their deft passing and kicking to their players upfield sticking.
Daisy Bateman put it through for a goal and the Giants were suddenly behind by three goals to one.
With the wet conditions, both teams were struggling to hold onto the ball and to make matters worse two light towers went out with 4.27 minutes left on the clock before half-time.
After another delay and the possibility of the match being called off, play did eventually resume.
The Giants attacked deep into North Melbourne territory off the back of ruck rover Courtney Gunn's kick deep into their opponent's territory, a free kick was awarded, as Tahlia Randall almost took out a Giants player with a reckless tackle, but Giants debutant Britt Perry could only manage a behind as the Kangaroos retained a 20-12 lead at half-time.
Sophie Abbatangelo kicked her first-ever goal to extend the Kangaroos lead to 28-13, but Gunn quickly countered with an inch perfect kick to Yvonne Bonner, who showed great athleticism and skill to catch the ball on the fly, before putting the ball through for the Giants second goal of the evening from 15 metres out.
Emma King, the tall and athletic Kangaroos player, scored two goals in quick succession and Bateman put the match beyond doubt late in the third quarter with another goal.
North Melbourne were strong across the park, with Bateman and King strong upfront with their two goals apiece and Brittany Gibson and Kearney both displayed plenty of power and finesse every time they touched the ball.
Kearney said the match was "tough" and her "legs were spent" in an after match interview.
"It was super tough conditions, something we're not really used to, super proud of the girls, it was just great fight," she said.
For the Giants, they were best served by their Irish duo of Cora Staunton and Bonner, with Courtney Gunn combining well with them upfront.
Amanda Farrugia tried hard to inspire her troops and they were outplayed this evening on the one percenters, but if they can get the small things right, they'll win their fair share of matches, as they were in this one until the early minutes of the fourth quarter.
North Melbourne top Conference A with their two wins, while GWS Giants sit at the rear of the Conference B ladder after their two losses.