Crow Call – Round 6 (v Richmond)

The Team –

FF 22 Andy Otten 27 Tom Lynch 18 Eddie Betts
HF 26 Richard Douglas 13 Taylor Walker 23 Charlie Cameron
14 David Mackay 2 Brad Crouch 21 Rory Atkins
HB 33 Brodie Smith 6 Jake Lever 29 Rory Laird
FB 17 Curtly Hampton 15 Kyle Hartigan 16 Luke Brown
24 Sam Jacobs 9 Rory Sloane 44 Matt Crouch

Interchange – 4 Josh Jenkins 8 Jake Kelly 12 Daniel Talia 30 Wayne Milera 31 Myles Poholke 32 Troy Menzel 43 Reilly O’Brien

Emergency – TBA

In – Josh Jenkins Jake Kelly, Myles Poholke, Reilly O’Brien

Out – Riley Knight

There was a very slim chance that Daniel Talia or Riley Knight will or were going to get up for this one. You do not often see a player go off with a hamstring injury in the previous game and then play the following week. By all reports, it does not sound like the injuries are going to see either player miss a stack of weeks, but one or two you feel at least. Adelaide have constantly played funny games with their own reporting of injuries this year, which has become a little bit comical. It is hard to know exactly what to believe. I cannot see Daniel Talia lining up and Riley Knight has been ruled out.

Josh Jenkins has been named, but again I will not be surprised to see him miss another week depending on how he pulls up tomorrow. He must be getting ever so close though.

Talia will be the big loss this week if he does not get up, but the Crows do have some options. Jake Kelly will come back into the side to plug a gap, which works as Richmond have an array of smaller forwards, which may allow Andy Otten to remain at the other end of the ground. It will be up to Kyle Hartigan or Jake Lever to play on Jack Riewoldt who probably played one of his best games ever on Anzac Eve. He’s in good form.

It is disappointing to see Knight have to miss too with yet another injury. Adelaide look far more balanced when he is in the side, both this year and in his break out year in 2015. He is a great shot for goal and adds more pace. Hopefully he is back sooner rather than later.

I think Troy Menzel is approaching a break out game. Many have been highly critical of him and he does need to provide the side a bit more. It might not be this week, but give him some time and I think he will find his place. He is a confidence-player. Curtly Hampton played probably his best game for the Club last weekend and is starting to lock down a place after being give some consistent time in the side to get it right.

The Brad Crouch experiment paid off, although he was a little scratchy, but had plenty of the ball. Second game back can sometimes be an issue, so hopefully he can pick off where he left off last week on Sunday afternoon. The two Crouch boys doing good things together wets the appetite just a bit doesn’t it?!

In the SANFL, Adelaide take on Port Adelaide at Woodville Oval on Saturday. The game is a fundraiser for South Australian Sam Willoughby who is recovering from a spinal injury. Adelaide’s SANFL side will again be severely depleted with one or two likely to be kept out of the side in order to be on standby for Sunday’s AFL game. I expect the Magpies to win that quite easily, which with Adelaide’s injury list is to be expected. Jono Beech and Hugh Greenwood were the standouts last weekend in a tough game against Central District. Scott Thompson made it through a game for the first time this year and still could play a role somewhere in 2017. Harrison Wigg comes back in this week along with Jordan Gallucci and possibly Tom Doedee.

Richmond have not impressed me despite the fact that they are 5-0. They have had one decent win, which was over West Coast in the wet, but at the MCG where West Coast religiously do not play well. They have also knocked off Carlton, Collingwood and Brisbane as they should have done and came from behind to beat a Melbourne side who were a couple of key men down in the last quarter. Adelaide will be a true test of where they are at.

Richmond are coming off a six day break, compared to Adelaide’s eight and the game is at the Adelaide Oval, which gives the Crows a big advantage. It is a match that is not beyond the Tigers (you can never really write Richmond on or off) and will test the Crows a bit more than what they have been up against over the last couple of weeks.

Tip – Adelaide by 23 points

Weather – Possible Shower. 20.

Game Info – 
Adelaide v Richmond
Sunday April 30 – 4.10pm (local time) Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

The Crow Call will be published every Thursday during the AFL Season. Join in the conversation with me on all things Crows on Twitter @liamthompson1.

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