Crow Call – Semi Final

Ins –

Outs –

Unchanged.

That was an enjoyable game of footy on Saturday night wasn’t it?!

Adelaide responded in the best way they could following a terrible last game of the home and away season. This one was fun to watch.

Somebody needs to give Eddie Betts the keys to the city, because he lights up games of football like very few before him and don’t the crowd love it!

A bigger challenge awaits the Adelaide Crows this weekend as they head to Sydney to take on the Swans. A Swans team minus the Rising Star winning Callum Mills and also Kurt Tippett. It appears that old mate Kurt seems to do all he can to miss playing games against his old side. These two outs make a big task just that tiny bit easier.

The good news is that Sydney can be beaten. The Giants did it, knocking them off over the weekend by breaking Sydney’s defence and providing fast ball movement. Adelaide must do something similar if they are any chance of sending the Swans out in straight sets.

It was good to see some Adelaide players finding some form on the weekend. David Mackay, Jarryd Lyons and Brodie Smith all had improved performances. An unchanged line up means stablity and stability is good.

Mitch McGovern has not been overly productive over the last few weeks, but his unpredictability and high marking always make opposition defences nervous.

Accuracy is still not all that flash from the Crows at the moment. This is vital if they are to win on Saturday night. Absolutely vital.

Sam Jacobs must give Adelaide first use of the ball and players like the Crouch brothers, Lyons and Scott Thompson have to win it out of the middle. Sydney’s midfield will destroy them otherwise.

Buddy Franklin and Isaac Heeney both had big games last time these two sides met. Buddy is an interesting match up as Daniel Talia is not fast or mobile enough to go with him if he plays up the ground. A shared role here is the key to shutting him down like the Giants managed to do.

At the other end, Betts must get the better of Nick Smith and injury or not Josh Jenkins has to impact the game a bit more than he did against North Melbourne. Taylor Walker stood up on the weekend. Another big game from him is vital. The SCG is a small ground so Tex should be lining them up from the centre square!

A final in Sydney is one of the hardest tasks in footy and if Adelaide win it will go down as one of the best in the history of the footy club.

Ultimately, I think Adelaide’s season will come to a disappointing end on Saturday night in a close game. I think Sydney’s midfield might just win out. I feel that the loss to West Coast which cost the Crows a double chance and two home finals will come back to bite at some point unfortunately.

Sydney by 13 points.

SANFL

I still don’t think the Crows can win the SANFL competition, but as every week goes by my prediction gets less and less likely.

Sturt look shot to me. They look like they’ve reached the end of their run for 2016 and have too many of their best players out of form for this time of the year. Brodie Martin, Mark Evans, Aiden Riley all didn’t have their best game on the weekend.

Having said that an Adelaide loss against Sydney at AFL level  would mean that Ricky Henderson and Paul Seedsman could not play in the SANFL Preliminary Final, which might make the battle a little more even. Ellis-Yolmen will miss too regardless with a hamstring injury.

Sport is such a cruel game. Ellis-Yolmen played probably some of the best footy in his career in 2016, yet could only manage two AFL games. Now he misses the pointy end of the season though injury. Seems so unfair. Hopefully he doesn’t seek greener pastures in 2017.

Paul Hunter and Luke Carey would come into the side one way or another this week you’d expect.

Adelaide by 38 points in this one.

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