Crows go up a gear

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport - REECE HOMFRAY ADE­LAIDE

ADE­LAIDE has re­sponded to a mount­ing ca­su­alty ward to find a way to 5-2 this sea­son — and learnt a lot more about its list in the process.

Last night’s 55-point win over Carlton came with­out its cap­tain and vice-cap­tain but not with­out adding to its wor­ry­ing in­jury toll with Wayne Mil­era side­lined af­ter half­time.

Mil­era ap­peared to point to his ham­string af­ter leav­ing the field and did not re­turn in the se­cond half in a blow af­ter his break­out game last week.

It was far from Ade­laide’s best footy but the Crows are now just one win be­hind last sea­son’s 6-1 start and can ex­pect Tay­lor Walker, Rory Sloane and Ri­ley Knight to all re­turn for next week­end’s Show­down with Port Ade­laide.

The Blues kicked the first goal and were com­pet­i­tive in the se­cond quar­ter when Ade­laide ap­peared to fall asleep but the re­sult was never in doubt.

The Blues were hor­ri­ble early, kick­ing out of bounds on the full with­out pres­sure and fum­bling the footy in the goal­square.

But they had a real pur­ple patch in the se­cond term with three goals in a row to chal­lenge the home side.

They kicked four goals to two for the quar­ter on the back of Ed Curnow and Pa­trick Cripps win­ning in­side ball, while Zac Fisher showed dash and Kade Simp­son racked up pos­ses­sion. Crows: Mc­Gov­ern, Greenwood, Dou­glas, Seeds­man, M.Crouch, Ja­cobs. Blues: Curnow, Simp­son, Cripps. Crows: Mc­Gov­ern 5, Jenk­ins 3, Betts 2, Greenwood 2, Dou­glas 2, Lynch 2, Gibbs, Mackay, Laird. Blues: McKay 2, Cas­boult 2, Phillips, E.Curnow, Kreuzer, Wright, Gra­ham, Dow. Crows: Stop­pages Fwd half stop­pages In­ter­cepts Fwd half in­ter­cepts 5.3 (33) 2.3 (15) 13.7 (85) 9.3 (57)

But that was the wake-up call Ade­laide needed and the home side kicked two goals in two min­utes to start the third term, re­gained con­trol and weren’t threat­ened again.

Ade­laide’s reg­u­lars were all solid, led by Richard Dou­glas, Hugh Greenwood, Rory Laird, Matt Crouch, Bryce Gibbs and Sam Ja­cobs, but it was the con­tri­bu­tion of ei­ther the next wave or those who have strug­gled for form this sea­son that will please sup­port­ers the most.

Mitch Mc­Gov­ern, who missed last year’s Grand Fi­nal, has had a slow start to this sea­son but ar­rived with a bang last night.

He kicked five goals for the game and in the third quar­ter when the con­test needed a lift Blues: Stop­pages Fwd half stop­pages In­ter­cepts Fwd half in­ter­cepts 2.4 (16) 2.3 (15) 7.6 (48) 5.3 (33) Crows: Mil­era (ham­string). Blues: Cas­boult (ribs). Har­ris, Brown, Ste­vic. 47,422 at Ade­laide Oval HOT: R.Dou­glas (Ade)132 points (83% TOG) NOT: S.Rowe (Carl) 51 points (94% TOG) he pro­vided a trade­mark hanger by ris­ing above two Carlton de­fend­ers.

With his con­fi­dence right up, min­utes later he charged out of full for­ward and took another strong mark to sug­gest he’s get­ting back to his best.

His fel­low tall for­ward last night in Josh Jenk­ins was also solid. Jenk­ins kicked two goals in the first quar­ter and re­lieved Ja­cobs in the ruck be­fore even push­ing into de­fence and fin­ish­ing the game with 3.2 and seven marks.

Of last night’s team, Jor­dan Gal­lucci, Paul Seeds­man, Cam El­lis-Yol­men and Tom Doedee played eight games be­tween them for the en­tire of 2017, and Darcy Fog­a­rty wasn’t even on the list.

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