2018 in a Nutshell
After what can only be described as a disappointing 2018, the Crows will look to bounce back hard in 2019, a talented list and an elite coaching group make them a real threat if their game plan clicks this season.
Hugh Greenwood, Brad Crouch, Riley Knight, Josh Jenkins, Brad Crouch, Bryce Gibbs, Jordan Gallucci, Jake Kelly, Rory Sloane, Myles Poholke, Paul Seedsman, Daniel Talia, Taylor Walker, David Mackay, Kyle Hartigan, Luke Brown, Tyson Stengle, Eddie Betts, Chayce Jones, Rory Atkins, Andy Otten, Shane McAdam, Sam Jacobs, Ned McHenry, Richard Douglas, Tom Lynch, Rory Laird, Wayne Milera, Darcy Fogarty, Brodie Smith Elliot Himmelberg, William Hamill, Andrew McPherson, Lachlan Scholl, Tom Doedee, Ben Davis, Alex Keath, Reilly O’Brien
Cameron Ellis-Yolmen, Patrick Wilson, Paul Hunter, Jordan Butts, Lachlan Murphy, Kieran Strachan
Ins and Outs
In: Shane McAdam, Tyson Stengle, Chayce Jones, Ned McHenry, Jordan Butts, William Hamill, Lachlan Scholl, Kieran Strachan
Out: Sam Gibson, Curtly Hampton, Mitch McGovern, Harry Dear, Jackson Edwards, Ben Jarman, Matthew Signorello
Five Fearless Predictions
Crows will have less ‘off-field’ stories
Get the media off the back. After being constantly plagued by the media and the rest of the AFL community in a disappointing 2018, the Crows will need to fly under the radar as much as possible when it comes to anything other than football. Don Pyke wants to answer questions in press conferences about his team’s proficiency on the field rather than their turmoil off it.
Media scrutiny will be high
As if the expectation on this side wasn’t enough last year, this year it grows even more, with a side that at its best would be just about unbeatable, missing finals again is nowhere near good enough. Although some of the stars in this insanely talented line up are aging that takes nothing away from a classy and experienced list that need to capitalise and compete.
The Crows have been handed what from the outset seems to be a kinder fixture for the 2019 season, but we all know it’s never as it seems in footy. Three tough matches await to kick off the season with the three giants of modern footy, Hawthorn, Sydney and Geelong a very interesting triple header for a talented side.
Crows Leadership duo will fire
This season the Crows have named co-captains for the first time, becoming exceedingly popular in the AFL these days. The Crows solo captain since 2015, Taylor Walker has been joined by gun midfielder Rory Sloane after his leadership came into question during the 2018 season, with many stating Walker was unable to stand up when his team needed him. Granted, Walker had a poor 2018, however he received far too much undeserved disrespect for a quality footballer and a man who was voted the league’s best skipper back to back in both 2016 and 2017. Walker and Sloane together will be a killer combo and get the Crows up and running once more.
Don Pyke will reach into his bag of tricks.
Going in to 2019 the Crows will need to try a few new things. After the rise and rise of Adelaide in 2017, opponents started to figure out the boys in the tricolours worked and it was evident in the fact the Crows only won 12 games last year. The Crows seemed to lack a Plan B, and when they were found out they were beaten, sometimes badly. Having said that, the Crows’ Plan A is damn near the best in the business, and when they execute, they dominate. The other thing the Crows will have to work around is the new 6-6-6 starting positions rule in regard to centre bounces and after goals. The Crows were the team second least likely use that formation in 2018, normally opting for one or two extra numbers behind the ball. This shouldn’t trouble them too much, but it does throw a small spanner in the works when looking back at the old play book.
|1||Saturday March 23||Hawthorn||Adelaide Oval|
|2||Friday March 29||Sydney||SCG|
|3||Thursday April 4||Geelong||Adelaide Oval|
|4||Saturday April 13||North Melbourne||Marvel Stadium|
|5||Sunday April 21||Gold Coast||Adelaide Oval|
|6||Saturday April 27||St Kilda||Marvel Stadium|
|7||Sunday May 5||Fremantle||Adelaide Oval|
|8||Saturday May 11||Port Adelaide||Adelaide Oval|
|9||Saturday May 18||Brisbane||The Gabba|
|10||Saturday May 25||West Coast||Adelaide Oval|
|11||Saturday June 1||Melbourne||TIO Stadium|
|12||Saturday June 8||GWS Giants||Adelaide Oval|
|13||Thursday June 13||Richmond||Adelaide Oval|
|15||Friday June 28||Geelong||GMHBA Stadium|
|16||Saturday July 6||Port Adelaide||Adelaide Oval|
|17||Saturday July 13||Gold Coast||Metricon|
|18||Friday July 19||Essendon||Adelaide Oval|
|19||Saturday July 27||Carlton||MCG|
|20||Saturday August 3||St Kilda||Adelaide Oval|
|21||Sunday August 11||West Coast||Optus Stadium|
|22||Saturday August 17||Collingwood||Adelaide Oval|
|23||TBA||Western Bulldogs||Mars Stadium|
FB: Luke Brown, Tom Doedee, Jake Kelly
HB: Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Brodie Smith
C: Rory Sloane, Paul Seedsman, Hugh Greenwood
HF: Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker, Richard Douglas
FF: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Jordan Gallucci
FOL: Sam Jacobs, Matt Crouch, Bryce Gibbs
INT: Wayne Milera, Brad Crouch, Rory Atkins, Riley Knight
EMG: Kyle Hartigan, Darcy Fogarty, David Mackay
Best Brownlow Chances: Rory Sloane and Matt Crouch
All Australian Contenders: Rory Sloane, Matt Crouch, Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Eddie Betts, Brodie Smith, Tom Lynch
Best Coleman Chances: Eddie Betts and Josh Jenkins
Breakout Star: Wayne Milera
Best Rising Star Chance: Chayce Jones
A handful of years ago I said this team would win a Premiership in 2019. They should’ve had one two years ago, and after a poor 2018 yes they are good enough to go close, but are they good enough to execute their game plans and go all the way? We’ll have to see, the last few Premiers have all come from nowhere.
Expect to see the Crows back in September, I’ve got them at 4th or 5th this year, they’ll be very interesting to watch.
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