Has the wooden spoon been decided?
Poor Matthew Nicks, his tough initiation to AFL coaching got even tougher after their fifth defeat of the season. Presented with their best chance of a win in 2020, his team could manage just one goal in the first half against fellow stragglers Fremantle. Then after working their way back into the match, they couldn’t find a way to score when the match was on the line in the final term.
While history suggests that they will find a way to win a game or two this season, it is very hard to see how this will happen. The Crows are a proud club but it is becoming increasingly difficult to mount a case for them not claiming their first wooden spoon this year.
How the Game Was Won
If there was any questions over why these two teams sat 17th and 18th on the ladder before this game, they had been answered pretty early in this scrappy contest. The endeavour and willingness of both teams let down badly by ball use and decision making.
Nowhere was this more evident than in the Crows wastefulness in front of goal. Between the opening bounce and the 14th minute mark of the third quarter Adelaide all but kicked themselves out of the match with just one goal from nine scoring shots. Remarkably, just six minutes later they had levelled the scores but they were unable to maintain the rage.
What the Coaches Said
Matthew Nicks lamented his teams wastefulness in the post match. “We found a way didn’t we?” he rhetorically asked reporters. “We found a way not to get it done unfortunately. We did so many good things but the things we didn’t do outweighed unfortunately in the end. They got their mojo going in the last quarter and we weren’t able to fight back,” he said.
Justin Longmuir declared the result a reward for his teams efforts and sacrifices during a difficult start to the season. “It’s great, it’s been (a) tough, tough season,” he told reporters. “It’s not a win for me, it’s a win for our footy club. We’ve done a lot of heavy lifting early in the season, clearly haven’t played a home game yet, but all our staff and players have been so positive and trying to constantly improve. They deserve this,” he said.
ADELAIDE 0.3 1.6 4.8 4.10 (34)
FREMANTLE 3.0 4.1 5.3 8.6 (54)
Adelaide: Poholke, Frampton, Lynch, McAdam,
Fremantle: Lobb 2, Walters 2, Tucker 2, Sturt, Taberner
Adelaide: Smith, M.Crouch, B.Crouch, Laird
Fremantle: Brayshaw, Mundy, Tucker, Aish, Cerra
Fremantle: Conca (left hamstring), Colyer (illness) replaced in selected side by Duman