Sloane sharpens up in intraclub trial
ADELAIDE vice-captain Rory Sloane has proved that he’s back to full fitness after yesterday impressing in an intraclub match at West Lakes.
The Crows, having played only one proper match in three weeks by the time they face Geelong in Friday night’s preliminary at Adelaide Oval, simulated match conditions at their training base – they also brought in SANFL umpires – and were pleased with the result.
Not only did they create a flat-out session of two halves to test players such as Sloane, they also gave the players the taste of playing full-intensity football just six days out from its crack at winning a grand final spot.
Adelaide head of football Brett Burton said the session had been the logical and ideal preparation for the Cats, who will be headed by former Crows best-and-fairest Patrick Dangerfield.
The Brownlow Medallist and former Crows champion kicked four goals in the Cats’ win against Sydney in a peach of a display.
“With a bye this weekend we needed to replicate the intensity and movement (of a match) in preparation for our game on Friday,” Burton told the Sunday Mail.
“Physically and mentally and game strategy-wise you try to replicate what you’re going to get in a game.
“So we exposed the guys to a game.
“We’ve obviously only had one game in three weeks, basically and we needed to keep the guys tuned in physically and mentally and this was just one part of it.”
Both sides were a mixture of AFL and SANFL players in a bid to make it an even contest.
Burton, who previously worked as the club’s fitness coach, kept a close eye on Sloane.
He said the Crow midfielder looked like he was back to his best and had fully recovered from the appendix surgery that led to him miss Adelaide’s qualifying final against GWS last Thursday night.
“He trained fully today and got through, no worries,” Burton said. “He got through well and is looking forward to the week ahead.”
Tickets for Friday’s preliminary final will be available for members of the competing clubs and Adelaide Oval members from 9am-1pm to members of the competing clubs and for the general public from 2pm through Ticketek. The match starts at 7.20pm. Tickets start at $65 for an adult on the hill or with restricted viewing while adult Category 1 tickets are priced at $184 and junior Category 1 at $55.