Ins – Thompson, McGovern, Kelly, Wigg
Adelaide did what they had to last weekend. Win and win big. Boy did they win big. That win and Hawthorn’s loss changes the whole shape of the eight. Another loss for the Hawks, while unlikely, would see them drop from first to fifth. That would hurt.
In terms of Adelaide though, if they drop any of their last three, they too can pretty much kiss top four goodbye. This is as close as it gets when it comes to final placings on the ladder and one mistake has the potential to cost a premiership.
Geelong, GWS and Adelaide should all win there last three games, with percentage being the ultimate decider of places. But footy is a funny game and an upset could change everything.
Reilly O’Brien was more than impressive on debut. How about his mark and goal!? Nobody wants anymore injuries to Sam Jacobs, but it’s great to see that he has some quality back up if required. Aaron Sandilands is a greater challenge for O’Brien on Sunday. It will be good to see how he goes.
Scott Thompson and Mitch McGovern return after a rest.
Cam Ellis-Yolmen will probably miss out, which is shame. I’d have in him in before Richard Douglas at the moment. Douglas really hasn’t impressed me this year.
Fremantle in Perth is never an easy task, no matter where Fremantle are on the ladder. The Crows will start favourites, but this is yet another game where they need to put the Dockers away early. That takes the crowd out of the equation.
It will be the last time the Crows will have to face Matthew Pavlich and given their year, possibly a host of other Freo players.
Overuse of the ball crept in again last week for the Crows with too many handballs, but far less than the week before against Essendon.
That said when you beat a team by 138 points, it’s hard to read much into it. Brisbane really were terrible.
I can’t remember the last time Adelaide won two home and away games in Perth in a season. (Actually, I looked it up and it has never happened). That would put the year in perspective if it can be done.
Adelaide by 27 points in a match they can’t afford to lose.
In the SANFL, Norwood at Norwood is the task this week. The Redlegs’ season can’t come to an end quick enough. An Adelaide squad packed full of AFL talent should make light work of Norwood and secure the club’s first ever finals birth.
Did I read right that a Crows membership doesn’t get you into the finals? What is the basis of that decision?
It will be good to see more stand out performances from those players on the fringe of selection. With finals just around the corner, the likes of Harrison Wigg, Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Mitch Grigg could all be required to play a role come September. They need to stay fit and to be prepared for their moment.
Adelaide by 38 points in this one.