Round 6 – Adelaide v Richmond: Richmond Kicked Away After Quarter Time

Round 6
Adelaide Vs Richmond
4:05pm, Sunday 30 April
Adelaide Oval

Lachie Brown

It was the highly anticipated game between the two five and zero teams when Adelaide and Richmond play off at Adelaide Oval. Geelong’s undefeated run ended earlier that day against Collingwood; losing by 29 points at MCG. The match-up will see who will be the only team to go 6-0 after this weekend’s match. The pre game was really good with the Richmond banner read out “we will never give up, we will never give in, we play the Richmond way” as they are looking to go 6-0 for the first time since the 1995 season.

Adelaide are also looking to go 6-0 for the first time in the team’s history. The first quarter did not start out really well for the Adelaide Crows even though they scored the first goal of the game, Richmond then scored the next one and it was goal for goal for pretty much of the first quarter. Some thought there would be an upset brewing at the Adelaide Oval as Richmond we’re looking set to end Adelaide’s winning run; scoring 6.3 to 5.0 in the opening quarter to lead by 9 points at the first break.

The second quarter was much better for Adelaide, they scored a behind to start the second quarter to trail 39-31 but after that they scored a goal and a behind to cut the deficit back to one point. It looks like Adelaide are a chance to end Richmond’s winning streak during the next three quarters. I was having my hot chocolate during the second quarter while dad was having his pot of Earl Grey tea because dad can’t drink coffee anymore due to his illness. The Crows took the lead back in the second quarter thanks to goals from Taylor Walker, Tom Lynch and the crew. Jack Riewoldt scored Richmond’s only goal in the second quarter as Adelaide scored six goals and six behinds in the second quarter to take a 27 point lead at the main break.

The third quarter was one of the best for Adelaide for the game as they picked up where they left off in the second quarter with Tom Lynch getting the third quarter off to a good start. Then it all continued, with Rory Sloane turning from a midfield to a damaging forward and then in the midfield. The midfield was keen to start off the job and let the forwards finish it off. Matt Crouch, Brad Crouch, Rory Atkins, Rory Sloane, Rory Laird, David Mackay, Richard Douglas and Sam Jacobs in the ruck were superb in the midfield while the defence of Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Brodie Smith, Jake Lever, Kyle Hartigan, Curtly Hampton, Jake Kelly and the forward line of Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker, Josh Jenkins, Tom Lynch, Charlie Cameron, Andy Otten and Wayne Milera were all superb during the game.

The Crows kicked away to a 68 point lead at three quarter time.

The Crows kept on going during the last quarter with the midfield starting the job off by getting the easy clearances from ruckman Sam Jacobs who is becoming the best ruckman in the AFL right now – with Todd Goldstein on the slide and Max Gawn injured and Brodie Grundy still only young. The Crows kicked 21.14 (140) by the time the thirteen minute mark of the last quarter came around and then Richmond scored the last 2 goals of the game but Adelaide’s defence prevented Richmond from getting any more goals for the rest of the game. The Crows win the game by 76 points to go 6-0 for the first time in their team’s history.

The Crows are looking unstoppable in 2017.


ADELAIDE       5.0   11.6    18.11   21.14 (140)
RICHMOND     6.3    7.3     8.3      10.4 (64)

Adelaide: Walker 5, Lynch 3, Sloane 3, Cameron 2, Jenkins, Betts, Douglas, Jacobs, Smith, M.Crouch, Otten, Milera
Richmond: Rioli 2, Riewoldt 2, Markov 2, Butler, Martin, Lambert, Houli

Adelaide: Sloane, M.Crouch, Jacobs, Lynch, Walker, Laird
Richmond: Cotchin, Martin, Lambert, Nankervis

Umpires: Rosebury, Stephens, Hosking            Official crowd: 51,069 at Adelaide Oval

My Votes: 3. Rory Sloane (ADEL), 2. Matt Crouch (ADEL), 1. Taylor Walker (ADEL)


  1. Dave Brown says

    The Crows certainly played incredibly well after quarter time, Lachie. Sadly it is only just May and the big test will come in Round 11 against the bogie side from last year, Geelong, who twice completely shut down the Crows’ ball movement in 2016. They don’t win in Tassie too often either. Love the way Jacobs plays. His role in distributing the ball in the midfield is vital for the Crows. He and Lynch really provide that link from defence to attack and can be relied upon to put the ball in the hands of a teammate charging by.

Leave a Comment