Part 2 of the Finals Team Previews begins, analysing Adelaide.
The Quick Stats
- Ladder position: 7th
- Win-loss record: 13 wins, 8 losses*
- Form: WWWWL
- Coach: Scott Camporeale (replacement for Phil Walsh)
- Captain: Taylor Walker
- This week: v W Bulldogs, MCG, Saturday 7.20pm
- Last finals appearance: 2012, preliminary finals
Home and Away Season Summary
Adelaide was sitting 7-5 heading into a season-defining game against Geelong in round 14. The match was then cancelled after the tragic death of Phil Walsh. It would have been all too easy for the Crows to pack it in after that, but that seemed to inspire them, as they would go on to win 6 of the next 9 and make the finals.
Players to watch
A contender for the All-Australian captain, Walker’s leadership has to be lauded despite the recent off-field dramas. Tex, as he is known, has scored 55 goals to finish fourth in the Coleman Medal and played his 100th game. If the Bulldogs defenders can’t figure out a way to contain him on Saturday night, he’ll run all over them.
The 23 year old defender is one of the people leading Adelaide’s charge to the finals. If you need to get the ball out of the defensive 50, Smith is the guy that you recruit to do it, averaging 4.21 rebound 50s a game. He’s going to be relied on to contain Jake Stringer, in what should be a matchup for the ages.
Adelaide has been playing spectacularly well lately, and will fancy themselves against the Dogs on Saturday night. However, I just think that the emotion of playing finals will get to the players, who are tired after a long season. It’ll be close, but the Crows will lose. Elimination finals.