Giants outlast Suns in rainy AFLW opener

Greater Western Sydney have rained on Gold Coast's parade, claiming a one-point win in the Suns' AFLW debut.

In weather more reminiscent of the middle of winter, the Giants slogged out a 1.3 (9) to 1.2 (8) victory on Saturday afternoon at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Forecasters had tipped 120-200mm of rain to hit Rooty Hill but 1540 spectators still turned out to witness a captivating arm wrestle.

The Suns' inaugural banner didn't cope well with the wet and windy conditions but it did little to dampen their spirits.

GWS had the better of it early, having eight inside 50s to the Suns' two in the first quarter.

But the home side couldn't convert their dominance on the scoreboard, as former Giant Britt Perry made them pay, slotting a running goal to open the Suns' AFLW account.

Led by gun onballer Alyce Parker (22 disposals) and new captain Alicia Eva (16), the Giants were getting first use in the midfield.

But the Suns' Brisbane recruits Leah Kaslar and Sam Virgo held firm down back to repel most of their forward entries.

The Suns were also far more efficient when going forward, scoring from three of their five inside 50s to halftime.

Giants forward Aimee Schmidt spurned a golden chance to level the scores halfway through the third quarter, skewing a quick snap from 30 metres out straight in front.

She made amends not long after, though, taking a strong mark and kicking truly to give GWS a well-earned lead.

The last quarter was a slog as fatigue set in and both teams drove the ball forward in driving rain.

But GWS were able to hold off the Suns, denying the visitors a dream start to life in the AFLW.

North Melbourne recruit Jamie Stanton was a standout for the Suns, gathering a team-high 16 possessions.