Crow Call: Adelaide v GWS
It wouldn’t be an Adelaide Crows game in 2019 without some brain fades, an overall feeling of impending doom and some Eddie Betts magic for good measure.
But the lads polished off a genuine premiership threat by defeating the GWS Giants by 21 points and a new star emerged.
Well, what a barnstorming finish to a football game that was.
I was one of the many Crows fans early in the fourth quarter who had thought the game was well and truly gone.
Reilly O’Brien gave Shane Mumford a football lesson.
That’s not a sentence I expected to ever expected to utter during 2019, or ever for that matter.
From quite literally the first kick of the game, big ROB was without question the best Adelaide player on the park.
He competed well in the ruck and absolutely smashed Mumford around the ground.
While Sam ‘Sauce’ Jacobs, 31, has long been considered the Crows’ best ruckman, he’s going to have to wait his turn with 23-year-old O’Brien in this kind of form.
It was a massive game by the emerging big man – could there be a changing of the guard at West Lakes in terms of the number one ruck job?
The Crouch brothers
How good is it having Matt Crouch back?
The best accumulator in Adelaide colours since Scott Thompson didn’t miss a beat on his return with a 34-disposal night.
His perfectly measured kick to Rory Sloane inside 50 set up a goal which sparked the Crows at the start of the fourth quarter.
Oh by the way, his brother Brad is pretty damn good as well.
Brad picked up another 31 possessions and continued to show his threat around the big sticks.
He slotted his ninth for the year and very nearly could have had a couple more.
He’s been the Crows’ best midfielder of the season and if he can get up around the 20-25 goal mark over the course of the season then he’ll creep into the conversation among the very best in the competition.
The entire defensive unit
Limiting a high octane GWS offense was always going to be a big task but the Adelaide backline did all it needed to do and then some.
Alex Keath has been getting a lot of the praise this season and rightly so but I want to highlight some unsung heroes of this Adelaide outfit.
Daniel Talia and Luke Brown were excellent in defence.
Talia has been so consistent throughout his career that I’m completely numb to just how good he really is as a key post defender.
It’s so easy to forget just how often he beats his opponents in one on one contests despite not being blessed with much speed.
Brown on the other hand has to be one of the most under-appreciated small defenders in the league.
Always gets the job done.
Letting teams back into games
While it was an intriguing contest on the whole for most of the night I did feel like the Crows were in complete control.
Particularly in the first half, Don Pyke got the game on his terms and Adelaide were in the ascendency for most of the night.
A big slip in the third quarter let the Giants back into the game and the crowd were saying themselves ‘here we go again’.
It did feel a lot like many other games this season.
Jacob Hopper’s celebration
Now feel free to call me a grinch but I’m not having this.
You’ve sold the candy on a 202cm big man with the turning circle of a tractor.
Cool your jets Jacob.
Ok fine, it was a great goal and I can always appreciate a boo-nana but that celebration was a bit over the top for this bitter Crows fan.
The downright incredible