What a disappointing weekend for the Adelaide Football Club. They have no one to blame but themselves for a very average performance on Friday night.
The stage was set with a sell out crowd, perfect footy conditions and a top two spot on the line. I don’t like the word choke, but this was pretty close to being just that. This was by far Adelaide’s worst game of the season. Not a great time to play it!
Yes – Hawthorn dealt the Crows more pain by winning by a point on Sunday. There has to come a time one day where Adelaide get one back over the Hawks! Cannot wait for that day!
Truth be told though, Adelaide should have beaten West Coast on Friday night. Take nothing away from the Eagles. They blocked Adelaide’s run and restricted their ball movement considerably. Sam Jacobs perhaps played the worst game of his career and the midfield was soundly beaten.
Much like the Geelong game, there didn’t appear to be a plan B. Poor kicking somehow had the Crows still in the game at half time, but despite this nothing seemed to change after the break and as such West Coast ran away with the match. That is quite concerning.
The harsh reality for the Crows now is that one more loss and season 2016 will be a wasted one. 16 wins deserves better than a one week finals appearance.
Rory Sloane, Brodie Smith and Paul Seedsman should hopefully all return for the elimination final against North Melbourne on Saturday week. That will add some much needed run into the side.
For mine Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Ricky Henderson as the last players in, are first to go out. Henderson will be a little stiff as he played his best game for the year on Friday night. David Mackay also needs to make way. He probably hasn’t been in the best 22 for a while.
There are lots of calls for Riley Knight to be injected into the side. You just feel he has not played enough footy this year for that just yet. Although I would have him as next in if something unforeseen occurred. He does have finals experience and his three games back from injury have been solid in the SANFL.
The SANFL qualification rules are a little murky, but despite thinking Seedsman would not be able to play at SANFL level this week, he is actually allowed to, given he didn’t play at AFL level on Friday night. I would play him on Saturday if he is fit for some match fitness. You would not risk playing Sloane or Smith though.
A full look at the elimination final in the Crow Call next week.
South Adelaide were pretty dominant over Adelaide over the weekend. Missing Nathan van Berlo and Tom Doedee, the Crows looked a little off. How bad is van Berlo’s foot injury? Have we seen him play his last game in Crows colours?
The SANFL Crows are up against Central District in another elimination final on Saturday afternoon. I think the Crows should be able to win this one given the game is at Adelaide Oval and the Dogs form has been a little patchy of late.
Having said that, don’t expect it to be an easy game. You just don’t know what Central District line up will turn up. They’ve been remarkably inconsistent this year and did have a good win over the Crows at Elizabeth a few months ago.
This is an important game for players like Mitch Grigg, Harrison Wigg and Reilly O’Brien who could all find themselves playing an AFL final if the cards were to fall their way.
Ellis-Yolmen, Henderson and Mackay would not be allowed to feature given they played AFL on Friday night.
Crows by 26 points in this one.
On another note, well done to Eddie Betts, Daniel Talia, Rory Sloane, Rory Laird, Josh Jenkins and Tom Lynch who all made the All-Australian Squad of 40. 6 out of 40 ain’t bad.
This just shows you that Adelaide do have the talent to go far this year. They cannot let it slip.