Round 1 – Adelaide v GWS: On Top in March
Adelaide 22-15-147 d GWS 14-7-91
Adelaide: Betts 4, Jenkins,Atkins 3, McGovern,C Cameron,Douglas,Knight 2,MacKay,Menzel,B.Smith 1
GWS:Cameron 4,D.Smith 3,Scully 2,Greene,Lobb,Kennedy,Lobb,Patton
Adelaide- Laird,Atkins,Douglas,C Cameron,MacKay,Betts,Jacobs,Talia,Otten,Jenkins
GWS- Kelly,Shiel,Williams,J Cameron
Malarkey Medal Votes 3.Laird(Ad) 2.Atkins (Ad) 1.Douglas(Ad)
Crowd 43,993 at The Adelaide Oval
Round 1 arrives and I admit I am seething over the AFL stupidity re rule changes.
I detest the banning of the 3rd man up, if only the AFL had the common sense to have a ruck coach re umpiring, as some one who played the majority of his footy as a ruckman, and yes I am a maggot, I find this an easy part to umpire yet the pure guess work and incompetence re umpiring at AFL level has brought this stupid rule change in. The previous day though the Crows ladies have won a fantastic flag (who says you can’t go top in March! thanks Aaron K),
and that has given me enthusiasm and passion again for footy. While the skills of the girls games have been average at times no one can question the commitment and wouldn’t we all love our sides to have a crack like the girls! The other positive is watching the girls pure passion and love of the game. Erin Phillips, what a gun! Remarkable person. Erin has been the media identity of the game and been just as good in that role as being the dominant player on the ground and another AFL flag. We pull clear of Port! (that should provoke a response!)
Congrats to Bec Goddard and the club on a incredible achievement!
Its a bloody hot Sunday and the Crows have been handed a match up with Premiership favorite GWS. I have tipped GWS by 63 points (note the margin. I was out in the end, yep the magic number 119). Tex Walker is a late withdrawal. I admit I was frustrated with that garbage, the mail was around on Thursday that he wasn’t playing.
I am stuffed if I can see any advantage in cat and mouse games!
The game begins and it’s intense, and quick, both teams are making errors and look a bit rusty. Both look dangerous and a chance to score on the turnover. Tom Scully and Toby Greene are proving a handful for the Crows while Jeremy Cameron is providing a target.
The mercurial Eddy Betts, while dangerous, his radar is off line
(to think the Crows got Eddy Betts while Carlton effectively got Dale Thomas, a bad decision recruiting can have devastating consequences). At quarter time GWS are up by 14 pts. When Cameron kicks the 1st goal of the 2nd quarter the Giants threaten to run away with it, but then the Crows midfield gets on top. This is heartening in so many ways as it is not being led by the usual gun Rory Sloane, who understandably is underdone after suffering a fractured eye socket pre season and not playing any pre season games.
Rory Atkins has been excellent with his elite left leg a weapon, Richard Douglas, with the Crows injuries, has moved back in to the midfield and is contributing. A goal to Jenkins and the Crows, after dominating inside 50s but blowing some easy set shots have finally hit the front. The big fella delivers a long bomb after the half time siren and the Crows are up by 8 pts and with all the momentum. Rory Laird, the unluckiest player in the game re missing the 2016 All Australian side is again dominating his run and carry, such an asset coming out of defense.
The Crows explode out of the blocks in the 3rd quarter and after Troy Menzel, in his debut for the Club, kicking a nice goal are 4 up. GWS respond with 2 goals to Devon Smith (is his nick name fritz?) but then Mitch McGovern kicks a ripper. The footy spun that much it reminded me of the dodgy Indian decks, further goals to Cameron and Douglas effectively ends the match as a contest.
The Crows run away with the game and luckily the game is over when as a result of yet another IDIOTIC rule interpretation, Daniel Talia is penalised as he is outside the square when he punches the footy through for a point despite having a GWS player right up his clacker. The lack of common sense and footy nous re instructions and rules bought in is a disgrace let alone a hell of a lot of the umpires have a huge dose of Kath and Kim, “look at me look at me” in their personality. As an umpire we should be looking up to the elite level, instead the attitude of some of the umpires and instructions given to them are putrid.
For the Crows there has been a host of good players apart from those already mentioned, the often maligned David MacKay has been very important having 15 score involvements with 91 per cent disposal efficiency. The returning Andy Otten, after a 2 year absence, was composed in defence, while the very important Riley Knight, who had a poor run with injury in 2016 has been his usual Mr Smooth really for the Crows. It was close to the old school line, all played well!
For GWS better players are far harder to find.
Josh Kelly has run hard and along with Dylan Shiel been involved in the contest. Zac Williams was ok in defence while Jeremy Cameron was always looking potent and kicked 4 goals but too much was well and truly left to too few.
What a great week end to be a Crows supporter!!!
(pity about The Redbacks. Sigh….)