Improvement is still the goal for the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos according to Darren Crocker, despite his side registering a dominant win over GWS on the weekend.

Defeating the Giants by 27 points, North held its opposition scoreless for the entire first half of the contest, and entered the final break with a 47-point lead.

GWS fought back in the final term though, kicking three unanswered majors to trim the margin.

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AFLW: Coach Darren Crocker post-match (Round 3, 2022)

The Kangaroos coach speaks after the win against GWS at Arden St

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Crocker says consistency is still the goal after the first three games of the season.

“I thought our execution in the first three quarters was brilliant, [but] we went away from it in the last quarter which was a bit disappointing,” Crocker said.

“We’re still trying to get that four quarter performance, but it was really encouraging to rebound from last week and get a win.

“We’ll drill down on that last quarter. The numbers tell me we started to lose the ball around the contest and our clearance stuff wasn’t great either.

“To GWS’ credit they didn’t throw the towel in, they kept coming, they found a way in that last quarter to win the footy, work hard outside of the contest really well, and challenge us a few times.”

While a tepid final term may have taken some polish off of North’s second victory of the season, the Kangaroos proved to be an irresistible force for most of the game and found little trouble creating scoring opportunities.

Daria Bannister and Ellie Gavalas both kicked two goals apiece, while Daisy Bateman, Jas Garner and Emma Kearney rounded out the majors list for the home side.

Finishing with 19 scoring shots compared to the Giants’ seven, North had little trouble creating scoring opportunities from all parts of the ground.

Crocker says overall he’s happy with how his team played across all lines.

“There’s been some really good quarters where I feel we’ve been able to play some really good football and get the game very, very close to the way we want it to look,” Crocker said.

“Defensively we held our shape really well, we were winning the ball around the contest, we were able to get it forward. I thought our key forwards in Tahlia Randall and Emma King … were able to make a really strong contest for us.

“The game was looking very much the way we wanted it, but it just got away from us in that last quarter."

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