Greater Western Victorian Rebels debutante Alice Astbury spearheaded a second-half charge to lead her side over the Western Jets.
The 19-year-old kicked two goals and racked up 15 disposals at Mars Stadium on Saturday. The explosive performance paved the way to victory for the Rebels, who defeated the Jets 4.9 (33) to 1.2 (8).
"She started in the middle but gave us a presence up forward," Rebels head coach Rhys Cahir said after the match.
"She was a focal point."
A sloppy start left the Rebels goalless after the first-half before turning the table in the third quarter. A set shot from Astbury broke the drought midway through the term, opening the floodgates for a Rebels onslaught.
Tearaway midfielder Lilli Condon made her presence felt on her way to 17 possessions, while Ella Friend presented as a target up forward.
A desperation smother from Charlotte Hopkins at the tail-end of the third ensured the Rebels maintained their lead heading into the final term.
The Jets almost tied the game up at the beginning of the fourth off a Caitlan Sargent set shot. But they were denied the six points after it was touched on the line.
The Rebels kicked away moments later when Friend crumbed a goal. Then Paige Scott put the game beyond doubt with a right-foot snap from the pocket.
Astbury provided the final touch with a mongrel punt that sailed between the sticks. It drew laughter from teammates as she ran back shaking her head.
It capped off a memorable afternoon for the debutante, which had been a long time coming.
"Alice was in the squad three years ago but injury prevented her from getting a game, and last year she was concentrating on year 12," Cahir said.
Cahir heaped praise on Condon, as well as ruckman Maggie Caris, who was dominant at the centre bounce.
The win marked the second straight for the side, which is undefeated after two rounds of action. It also gives the Rebels its first winning streak in almost two seasons.
"It's good start, we spoke about the need to gel early at camp so the girls have taken it upon themselves to do that," Cahir said.
despite trailing on the scoreboard for much of the match, Cahir said he believed his side was always on top in the contest.
"The first half we made it difficult for ourselves and allowed them to get it on their terms a bit," he said.