GARVOC EXPORT Maria Moloney could not have asked for a better way to start her AFLW career then defeating the competition's reigning premiers.
The Brisbane Lions edged out the Adeliade Crows in a tight opening round fixture that ended with the Lions claiming the upset victory 5.4 (34) to 3.3 (21) Hickey Park on Saturday.
After starting on the interchange bench, Moloney, 24, played through the midfield and finished with 12 touches - six kicks and six handballs.
She also put the pressure on the Crows' onballers with three tackles.
The Lions started the game strongly, kicking the five of the first six goals of the game to set up a match winning lead that would never be pegged back.
The Crows did fight back in the final term but it was all too late for the injury-riddled side that had been simply outplayed by the youthful Lions side.
Brisbane played eight debutants with Cathy Svarc, Greta Bodey, Dakota Davidson, Irish recruit Orla O'Dwyer, Lily Postlethwaite and Belle Dawes joining Moloney.
Moloney, who is in the Australian Airforce, first played alongside her twin Damian at Warrnambool and District League club Panmure as a junior.
She was drafted to the Lions via pick 75 in last year's draft after impressing in a winter series. The Emmanuel College graduate is one of 11 siblings, which includes 2018 Commonwealth Games marathon representative Virginia.
The Lions play Geelong, who features fellow south-west export Georgia Clarke, next weekend.
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