Round 4 – Adelaide v Essendon: Betts & Walker the New Beethoven & Mozart
Adelaide 24-9-153 def Essendon 13-10-88
Adelaide: E Betts 6, T Walker 5, A Otten, R Sloane, T Lynch, R Atkins 2, R Laird, B Smith, C Cameron, R Douglas, T Menzel
Essendon: A McDonald-Tipungwuti 4, T Colyer 3, J Daniher ,K Langford 2, O Fantasia,D Zaharakis
Adelaide: E Betts,R Sloane,T Walker,S Jacobs,R Laird,M Crouch,C Cameron,B Smith,D Talia,A Otten,R Atkins
Essendon: T Colyer,Z Merritt,D Zaharakis,A McDonald-Tipungwudi,D Zaharakis,J Daniher
Umpires: C Debby, J Schmitt, C Kamolins
Malarkey Medal Votes:
E Betts (Ad)3, R Sloane (Ad)2, T Walker(Ad)1
Crowd 47,492 at Adelaide Oval
Saturday is up early and off to Oakbank (Oakbank have cooked the golden goose and made it to expensive to get in and lost the families. As stupid and idiotic as the AFL rule changes). I run in to Michael Kelly and David Clancy, Michael makes the point he was one more red wine away from unloading on Facebook the night before, joining in with me re the AFL rule changes (geez I wish you had of Michael!). The AFL just panic and change rules without thinking of the CONSEQUENCES. The new ruck rule is just promoting every club to recruit a 7 foot ruckman, it goes against the grain of all shapes and sizes having a equal opportunity in the game. How these bozos making decisions couldn’t appreciate the SKILL of a gun 3rd man up player has me stuffed. The deliberate keeping the ball in play is bizarre, there is not the footy nous of having played the game in the umpiring ranks at AFL level, or instruction to give a common sense decision. Hayden Kennedy as umpires boss has been bitterly disappointing, why in the hell can’t he admit when a mistake has been made is pathetic. The Paul Puopolo in the back and then the ruck garbage free to Dunkley, hell even The Fonz and Graham Cornes are better at saying the word, WRONG!
In the dees v dockers game Harmes missed with the last kick of the game to win it, was it really JTH who had a bet on the dockers? No, regular readers will know it was really Troy Chaplin bursting out of the Melbourne coaching box, dashing on the ground and taking the kick! Well, he should have been fined his entire career for being a spectator on the ground! (happy with that one?)
Saturday night sees the Crows take on the Dons. The Crows blow the game apart early, Tex Walker and Eddie Betts combine to put on a clinic. It was like Beethoven and Mozart putting on a concert together, it was the old if Lillee doesn’t get you Thommo must.
Sam Jacobs dominated in ruck, feeding the Rory pack, Sloane, Laird and Atkins on ball. Matty Crouch getting in and under distributed the ball effectively, his 20 handballs starting many a Crow running tidal wave resulting in a goal.
Charlie Cameron’s electrifying pace was important, if he can improve his disposal he can become an elite player of the competition. Andy Otten was again important early and his ruck work is improving as well. The Bombers were powerless to stop the onslaught.
The Crows quick hands and run were pivotal and they have the mix right between
outside and inside players. Realistically there is not a spot available for Brad Crouch unless further injuries strike. The game as a contest was over early and while Essendon improved in the 3rd quarter, especially in the contested ball area and not allowing the Crows to get them on the outside so easily the result of the game was never in question. Essendon better players were harder to find, Travis Colyer and McDonald-Tipungwuti with their pace getting in behind the Crows defence were a problem kicking 3 and 4 goals respectively. Small forwards seem to be the Achilles heel of the Crows defence. Joe Daniher worked hard, always presenting, he is going to be a superstar. Zach Merrett to his credit worked into the game but to become elite in the game he must go from the get go not effectively when the game is all over.
The sensible one David Zaharakis was a good contributor, if only the rest of the Bombers had said NO, how much better would the footy world be!
With the game meandering towards the inevitable result, Sir Edward Betts yet again provided the individual highlight with a brilliantly crumbed snapped goal, he is fast closing in on Peter Daicos re making the miraculous appear normal.
While I know footy has evolved re inside and outside players, there are times when it is your turn and you must have a dip re the hard ball. This is an area of the game Wayne Milera must improve in, while Brodie Smith’s number of concussions seems to have eroded his confidence in this regard.
So the Crows continue on their merry way and will confront the resurgent Gold Coast at Metricon next week, while Essendon will confront Collingwood on Anzac Day. (Grrrrr it really is still just a bloody expanded VFL competition!)