All of a sudden, things are looking up. Going into the bye with three wins on the trot, the boys had a great win last night after a sluggish start. We need to learn how get off the mark better, slow starts have hampered us in the past and continue to this year. Having said that, strong finishing has been great, especially the last three weeks, running away with the last two matches against quality opposition.
Josh Jenkins is the biggest talking point of the night, with the big man getting himself back into some excellent form, kicking four excellent goals, although he probably should have had at least one more. But not only that, his knee injury looked bad live, however he was up and walking around after the match and the club believes the ACL is still intact. All good news hopefully, as a few others also finished up sore, with Lachy Murphy, Jake Kelly and Daniel Talia also finishing sore.
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It’s always good to beat the Tigers, especially after the event that shall not be named. I was nervous going into the game, but very impressed with composure the team showed late. We definitely still need to work on our goal kicking though, a few of the big guys missed some easy stuff from short range and so need to make sure the basics are down pat before practicing all the fancy stuff.
Isn’t it great when the stars align? Last night was Matt Crouch’s 100th match in which he was fantastic, however he was outshone by his brother who pulled in a whopping 43 disposals. Not only that but our two skippers were both excellent, Rory Laird was a dynamo down back as always, and Riley O’Brien continues to impress and keep Sauce Jacobs out of the side, with a whopping 54 hit outs, 19 disposals and seven tackles. He sure has been a revelation.
Having eight wins from thirteen matches and sitting fourth going into the bye, I would definitely call the first half of the season a win so far. Although there has been some inconsistency and two avoidable losses against Brisbane and West Coast, I’m still happy with we’re things are at. A win against Geelong in Geelong after the bye would be very tough, but it would send a serious message to the rest of the competition who it seems like still doubt our credentials. Looking ahead, there’s plenty to like about the remaining fixture, although the Cats next week will be tough, and the Showdown is to follow. Stay positive Crows fans, have a well-earned rest this week and we’ll be fit and firing again in a fortnight.
AFL 2019 – ROUND 13
ADELAIDE 1.1 3.7 10.10 15.11 (101)
RICHMOND 3.2 5.6 8.9 9.14 (68)
Adelaide: Jenkins 4, Walker 3, Sloane 2, Betts 2, Greenwood, Seedsman, Smith, Atkins
Richmond: Rioli 2, Lynch 2, Martin 2, Butler, Chol, Caddy
Adelaide: B.Crouch, Sloane, M.Crouch, Walker, Laird, O’Brien, Jenkins
Richmond: Martin, Prestia, Lynch, Stack, Vlastuin, Houli
Adelaide: Murphy (mouth), Talia (quad), Jenkins (knee), Kelly (calf)
Richmond: Soldo (illness) replaced in selected side by Chol
Umpires: Nicholls, Williamson, Findlay, Haussen
Official crowd: 40,837 at the Adelaide Oval