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Crow Call with Tom Staggard

Crow Call: Geelong v Adelaide

Adelaide battled hard early but were eventually overrun by the heavily favoured Geelong side at GMHBA Stadium.

PHOTO: Adelaide Crows

Earlier today, I said to a work colleague that I’d probably cop a three to four goal loss against the Cats in Geelong.

This was not a game I ever even considered winnable.

However, the talk of an honourable loss was well and truly gone when we were 20-odd points clear and beating one of the flag contenders in just about every facet of the game.

‘We are killing them’ were the words I uttered half way through the second quarter.

Yes, I deeply regret my actions.

I don’t think anything went right after I made that ridiculous statement.

The smug was radiating out in spades and, as it always does, it swiftly turned into me throwing haymakers into the cushions on my couch.

Watching this club fills me with so much rage-a-hol.

It’s an innate talent I’ve picked up where whenever the Crows start falling behind, I turn into the second coming of Muhammad Ali.

The first half was really good but the ball movement fell off completely in the second half.

Look take nothing away from Geelong, their forward half tackling was immense and reminds me of those Mick Malthouse-led Collingwood sides who revolutionised the game with pressure in the forward third.

But the lack of firepower up forward really did hurt the Crows in this one, especially in the second half.

The amount of long kicks to nobody were lapped up by Tom Stewart, Harry Taylor, and Jack Henry when he was back there and we played right into their strengths.

Don’t let the commentators love affair with Taylor Walker distract you from a pretty average game from the big Texan – maybe we’re going to miss Josh Jenkins more than people think.

Speaking of quiet ones, we’ll have to dig pretty deep into Jed Bews’ top pocket to find Eddie Betts.

I hate to say I told you so, but this author did say that the top tier midfield talents are starting to smash the Crows week in week out and Tim Kelly did exactly that.

Tim Kelly was magnificent in Geelong’s win.

33 possessions, eight clearances and two goals from one of the Brownlow Medal contenders absolutely killed the Crows.

Can we talk about those bloody Annabelle advertisements on the LED screens at GMHBA Stadium?

Lets replace gambling advertising with something which is going to spook the hell out of every kid in Australia, including me.

It’s a big fat no from me.

Anyway, back to the footy.

The score review system got yet another flogging on social media after what can only be described as a pure joke.

Elliott Himmelberg’s soccer goal early on in the piece recorded nothing on the ‘edge’ technology, while Tim Kelly’s effort in the fourth quarter showed a heartbeat before, during and after the ball going past the post.

God only knows how they worked that one out.

Another quiet game from Bryce Gibbs is going to re-ignite the ongoing media circus around his form.

The writing is on the wall for another stint in the SANFL for the former Carlton man.

We go back to the drawing board before another Showdown next week – I’m already nervous.

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Tom grew up in Adelaide’s northern suburbs and is our resident North American sports expert. Tom has experience as a working journalist and has a keen interest in basketball, ice hockey and American football, as well as cricket, soccer and football. He spent his junior cricket career at East Torrens District and has played for a number of football clubs across Adelaide’s north.