It was all over at quarter-time when the Lions shot out to an early lead through three goals to Sabrina Frederick-Traub in their 40 point drubbing of the Giants.

By fulltime she had added another goal to her tally. 

The Giants loss ended their grand final aspirations and they simply had no answer to the Lions running game during the first half of football.

Lions coach Craig Starcevich told The Women’s Game his team had been a grinding team all season but their best attacking football was on display during the match.

“I don’t know where it came from, to be honest, other than the team had a real intent to hang in the contest and things we wanted to do in the forward set-up and move the ball quickly and just one of those freakish quarters where most things go right,” he said.

“People having shots in pockets and they were going in and all sorts of things.”

Starcevich said Frederick-Traub had been great up-front all year without necessarily showing on the scoreboard but it all came together for her on the night.

“To come away with four straight, I think she had 17 touches at half-time so, yeah she was an enormous target and when she’s playing like that she’s pretty hard to stop,” he said.

For Giants coach Alan McConnell, it was a disappointing result but not his player's efforts.