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The South Australian selection merry-go-round

What is going on at the Crows and the Power?


The you know what has well and truly hit the fan at Alberton this week, with Port opting to drop Scott Lycett for the match against Essendon.

While Lycett will earn a hard earned rest following a stellar season, the timing of the decision is nothing short of ridiculous.

The former Eagle has arguably been the Power’s second best player this year behind Travis Boak.

So that begs the question…

Why, when the Power are just outside the top eight, are they dropping their best performing ruckman?!

I don’t have an answer, and most of the supporter base definitely wants one.

This, on top of stunningly dropping Xavier Duursma following the Showdown for ‘form’.

I actually believe Duursma has been the in-form youngster out of the Power’s first draftees.

Connor Rozee has had the better games, but Duursma has had the consistency.

Meanwhile, just down the road, the Adelaide Crows are in the exact same boat.

Former Carlton star Eddie Betts was dropped for the Crows’ game against the Blues.

Admittedly, his form was poor, but we’ve seen him and Tyson Stengle play together just once, and they thrashed the Gold Coast Suns.

The two need to play together, and hopefully Stengle can play a similar role to Charlie Cameron to take the pressure off.

Speaking of pressure, there’s mountains of it on Port’s Ken Hinkley and Adelaide’s Don Pyke.


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Jack grew up in Gawler, South Australia – just 45 minutes north of Adelaide – and has a passion for all things football and soccer. Jack has worked in the media for more than four years, and hosts his own sports show on Barossa radio station BBBfm. He previously played football for Elizabeth, South Gawler, Gawler Central and at junior level with Central District, and is a die-hard Port Adelaide fan.