Suns crush Eagles by 25 points in AFLW

Gold Coast players celebrate their win against the Eagles. Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Gold Coast forward Kalinda Howarth has booted four goals to lead her side to a convincing 25-point AFLW win over West Coast at an empty Mineral Resources Park in Perth.

The Eagles managed just a solitary behind in the first half of Sunday's match, but they threatened to launch a comeback in the third quarter with several promising forays forward.

But when West Coast ruck Parris Laurie missed a set shot from 15m out, the Suns moved quickly to put the game to bed.

And it was Howarth who stepped up to the plate, booting two goals in two minutes to set up the 5.3 (33) to 1.2 (8) win.

Howarth couldn't even get a game in 2018 for Brisbane and was without an AFLW club last year.

But her star power was on full display against the Eagles.

"I was at Brisbane when she was there. She was a good kid (but) she was a little bit lost in life," Gold Coast coach David Lake said of Howarth.

"I guess the best part is she didn't blame anybody. She took responsibility and she invested a lot of work into making a better version of herself. I guess we're getting to witness that.

"She's a star. If I was a young boy and I could kick the footy and I had the footy smarts she has, I'd be really happy with myself."

Gold Coast's second win of the season lifts them into fourth spot in Conference B.

They are just one win and percentage adrift of third-placed Brisbane with two rounds to play.

West Coast were on track to post the AFLW's lowest total after having just 0.2 (2) to their name midway through the final quarter.

But they avoided that unwanted record when Hayley Bullas converted from 25m out.

"We were up in inside 50s and our forwards looked dangerous. We had plenty of the footy, but just couldn't convert," Eagles coach Luke Dwyer said.

West Coast's Grace Kelly injured her left knee late in the second term and didn't reappear after halftime, but Dwyer didn't think the damage was serious.

West Coast won the inside-50m count 29-26 for the match, but their inefficiency up forward proved costly.

Eagles star Dana Hooker was sensational in a losing cause, tallying 31 disposals and six clearances.