AFL Round 10 – Adelaide v Fremantle: Kensington Road runs straight for a while before turning

Rundle St – Tender beef cheeks, slowly braised in red wine and tomato sauce, served on a grilled polenta bed. A brilliantly structured dish with a partner wine of 2012 Skillogalee Riesling (one of the all time great Clare Valley vintages).

With their season under reconstruction and a sense of entitlement Adelaide took to Fremantle with manic, Sydney-esque intensity. Despite the book end Freo goals in the first quarter, Adelaide had most of the play and had the Dockers unsettled and out of sorts. For Freo quarter time came as a relief. No amount of gloss could cover the fact that both sides have severe shortcomings in their forward lines. The Adelaide gamble to play Dangerfield at full forward had worked well and the under rated Rory Sloane stepped up to give him some quality feed, while with the exception of Barlow, the Freo midfielders were yet to find the ball.

That all changed in the second quarter, during the flood the Freo mids just put the hammer down and Adelaide were left reeling. With Dangerfield hastily recalled to the centre, Fremantle sent Dawson forward and brought on their sub, opting early for the ball skills of Sutcliffe over the height of the otherwise capable Hannath. Fremantle conceded the ruck to the already elite Sam Jacobs, and concentrated on winning the ball back at ground level. For all their attacking bravado, Adelaide ended up playing the more defensive football as it became clear they couldn’t actually find a way forward.

While Adelaide raised the stakes still higher in the second half, their very best wasn’t quite enough – Olivers Army regrouped and were unflinching. Come the last quarter Adelaide hit the front too soon for their own good, you had the feeling Freo had to go behind to get back into control, and within a minute the last teenager chosen in the 2011 draft, South Australian super-sub Cam Sutcliffe whacked Adelaide with a goal assist and then goal. That closed the gate, Adelaide pressed but against the Roundheads the remaining 10 minutes was a formality.

The game was an epic. On that effort  it is hard to see Fremantle falling out of the top 4 and hard to believe the top 8 is beyond Adelaide.

And forget about having it cold, revenge is a dish well chosen, and best eaten in the opposition kitchen.


ADELAIDE                         3.5   4.5    6.8   8.11       (59)
FREMANTLE                     2.1   6.4    8.4   10.6       (66)        
Adelaide: Dangerfield 3, Petrenko, Jenkins, Laird, Porplyzia, Douglas
Fremantle: Suban 2, Crozier, Mzungu, Ballantyne, Fyfe, Mayne, Clarke, Barlow, Sutcliffe
Barlow 3, Dangerfield 2, Fyfe 1.
Official crowd: 27,684 at AAMI Stadium


  1. Ben Footner says

    A quality wet weather game. Both sides threw everything at the contest, but in the end Freo had the superior skills and finish in front of goal when it mattered. Pencil in top 4 for sure.

    Adelaide had enough of the footy to win it, but squandered their chances in front of goal and turned it over too often. Still displayed enough to suggest a top 8 finish, but need to beat one or two teams above them on the ladder to make it happen.

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