Adelaide Analysis: Round Seven vs Fremantle.

Joel Bowes takes a fan-sided look at the Crows victory over the Dockers.

I love the Adelaide Crows. I’ve been obsessed with the club since I was young and always loved watching them play. Except today. Today’s match against Fremantle was ugly, stressful and pretty poor skills wise. There were some players that stood out, the Crouch Brothers excelled as they always do, and Tom Lynch impressed as well.

The first half of the match was a shocker, only managing one goal in a half of footy is not up to scratch, and at one stage having one goal and eight behinds on the board also made for rough reading. The final tally of seven goals and nine behinds is still nowhere near enough points if we want to compete properly later in the year, but it’s much better that what things could have been.

On a whole, the defenders worked well, with Daniel Talia and Alex Keath both playing quality games, and Kyle Hartigan contributing nicely, although he did make some skill errors. This however, was not unlike most of the team, who seemed always to be under more pressure than there really was, kicking in hope when in reality there was more time available for some decent decision making. Looking ahead, skills definitely need improving, and definitely need serious work ahead of what will be a hotly contested Showdown. Now, we sit one spot above the Power on the ladder, and although it feels good, it’ll feel a whole lot better if we can beat them and beat them well next week.

The total match score of just 85, is the equal lowest of the century. Our forward line needs to fire in big games. Performances like that in front of goal against quality sides like Collingwood and Geelong. Elliot Himmelberg continues to do enough to hold his place in the side. Josh Jenkins’s form in the SANFL has been poor and so I don’t see him slotting in to a winning team for the Showdown.

Having said all that, winners are grinners, and the boys managed to pull off a win tonight, despite giving Fremantle a little look in in the last quarter. The contest was tough and hard, and the players should be proud after a gritty win. Our break this week is two days shorter than Port’s so recovery will be important, there will be plenty of aching boys tonight.

So now that we sit four and three and have a hattrick of wins up our sleeve, it’s time to start beating some real quality sides and continue to charge up the table. We’re in the eight now, and there’s a lot of talent still outside it, so we need to cement ourselves there. With Port, Brisbane, West Coast, Melbourne and GWS to come, things do not get easier. But if at the end of those five matches we were sitting seven and five, I think I’d take that. Gritty, gutsy, ugly win tonight, but well done nonetheless. Go Crows!

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ADELAIDE  1.3       1.6       5.9     7.9 (51)
FREMANTLE         2.2       2.2       3.2       5.4 (34)

 Walker, Greenwood, Himmelberg, Murphy, Smith, Keath, Betts
Fremantle: Tucker 2, Hill, Taberner, Walters

Adelaide: M Crouch, B Crouch, Sloane, Lynch, Ellis-Yolmen, Laird
Fremantle: Fyfe, Mundy, Pearce, Ryan, Langdon, Cerra

Adelaide: Nil
Fremantle: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Donlon, Findlay, Wallace

Official crowd: 42,383 at Adelaide Oval

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