Ade­laide ready for Dan­ger: Jameson

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - RICHARD EARLE

ROD Jameson says Ade­laide won’t be quak­ing at a full­blown for­ward as­sault or retri­bu­tion from old flame Patrick Danger­field in Friday’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against Gee­long.

Danger­field staged a match­win­ning, four-goal semi­fi­nal am­bush of Syd­ney at the MCG on Friday night.

Ade­laide boss Don Pyke will main­tain faith in his struc­ture, re­gard­less of whether Danger­field starts in at­tack or his reg­u­lar mid­field role.

“I think Ade­laide would back it­self in, prob­a­bly Kyle Hartigan would take him if he is go­ing to go deep. We would keep our struc­ture, let it un­fold,” said 1997 Crows premier­ship full back Jameson.

Hartigan col­lected nine in­ter­cept pos­ses­sions, mainly op­posed to Port Ade­laide’s mer­cu­rial Rob­bie Gray, in Show­down 42. Hartigan has a stel­lar sup­port cast should Cats boss Chris Scott go to the well again with for­mer Crow Danger­field in­side 50.

“I thought Hartigan played well in the Show­down in April when he picked up Rob­bie Gray. He can play tall or small and might not be the quick­est but has some speed.,” Jameson told the Sun­day Mail.

“Daniel Talia, Paul Seeds­man, Rory Laird and Luke Brown can come across. Sam Ja­cobs does what he can.”

Danger­field booted five goals against Hawthorn in round 17 with a foot in­jury, but was re­stricted to a goal while float­ing be­tween mid­field and at­tack in a 21-point, round 18 loss to Ade­laide.

Brown­low Medal­list Danger­field be­came the spear­head on Friday night against Syd­ney when Harry Tay­lor was forced back to de­fence by gas­tro vic­tim Tom Lon­er­gan’s ab­sence.

“If Syd­ney had got on top in the mid­dle, Gee­long would have had to move him back.

“Ob­vi­ously Ade­laide knows what he is ca­pa­ble of - very aware of it,” said Jameson, also an ABC Ra­dio ex­pert.

The Crows aren’t per­turbed by blow­back from Josh Jenk­ins’ pre-match stir­ring of good mate Danger­field or no­tions of am­mu­ni­tion. Jameson thinks it is out­dated think­ing in the pro­fes­sional age.

“Times have changed. So­cial me­dia has a mas­sive in­flu­ence. Some­times we do ask our play­ers to be mind­ful what they say and how they say it,” said Jameson, on Ade­laide’s board since 2015. “Some­times peo­ple read a bit more into it than what there is.”

Ade­laide boasts 2017 Al­lAus­tralians from front to back in Matt Crouch, Ed­die Betts and Rory Laird, with qual­ity to quell the Cats, says Jameson.

“Ade­laide has the fire­power, ca­pa­bil­ity to de­fend and depth in its mid­field so Ade­laide should win,” said Jameson with Tay­lor Walker, Betts, Jenk­ins and Tom Lynch com­bin­ing for 172 goals this sea­son.

Poor starts have cost Ade­laide in de­feat this sea­son and the mi­nor premier must be switched on from the out­set against the Cats.

Ade­laide will be “re­ju­ve­nated” rather than rusty fol­low­ing a two-week break that in­cluded a Gold Coast sab­bat­i­cal, in­sists Jameson.

“The blokes just had three days of salt wa­ter and prob­a­bly would have liked an­other day or two. They are like race­horses - the club knows how hard they need to run them and is com­fort­able they will be right,” he said.

Pic­ture: DY­LAN COKER

MATCH FIT: Ade­laide’s Ed­die Betts is tack­led by Wayne Mil­era yes­ter­day at West Lakes.

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