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Patrick Dangerfield, Rory Sloane, Scott Thompson, Nathan van Berlo and Daniel Talia Coach:
A New Era:
The Crows go into the 2015 with a lot of changes from where they were 12 months ago. A new CEO, new Coach, new Captain and more. The Crows have underperformed for 2 years and are doing everything they can to change that, in the words of Terry Wallace:
"I have no doubt that [the most under-performing side] is Adelaide. Powerful midfielders and strong key position forwards and the potential of 4-5 All-Australian options in their lineup. Something had to change."
The controversial figure of Steven Trigg is gone, replaced as CEO by Andrew Fagan. Trigg was the man primarily responsible for the Tippet saga, after inheriting the illicit dealings from John Reid and hiding it from members of the board. Fagan is a former CEO of the ACT Brumbies before becoming the ARU's general manager of national teams and competitions.
With Trigg gone his coaching pet Sanderson was quickly shown the door. Two years of failure to develop key talent, bad tactics, poor match day decisions and key stars playing below their best made this decision absolutely necessary. In his place the Crows have appointed Phil Walsh, the man regarded as Port’s Tactical mastermind.
Nathan Van Berlo missed 2014 due to an unfortunate training incident during the pre-season making 2013 his last season as captain of the Crows. While never really noticed outside of Adelaide he has always been a fierce competitor and fan favorite during his time at the Crows; He was an excellent captain who simply had to make way for the new generation.
While the Crows were widely expected to appoint Sloane or Dangerfield to the leadership position coach Phil Wash instead gave the captaincy to Taylor Walker. A surprise to many outsiders but not as much to Crows fans who knew he was very much the heart and soul of the playing group. Walker’s return from injury midway through 2015 saw a remarkable uptick in fight and drive from the team even before he regained his dominating forward form. The Crows have opted to abandon the idea of a vice-captain, instead letting the entire leadership group fill that role.
For years the Crows has been the cash cow of the SANFL, injecting huge amounts of cash into the state league. Last year both Adelaide and Port made their first moves to sever their obligations to the SANFL by buying out their licenses and moving to a new stadium that has seen record breaking attendance for both clubs. Unfortunately it wasn't all good news, while many were calling Adelaide Oval the best football experience in the nation the financial benefits were not flowing into either club the way they should; However with the intervention of the AFL and the SA Premier it is looking like a new stadium deal will be reached with a much greater benefit to both SA clubs.
Additions and promotions:
|Player ||Position ||Source |
|Kyle Cheney ||Defender ||traded from Hawthorn |
|Luke Lowden ||Ruck/Forward) ||traded from Hawthorn |
|Charlie Cameron ||Forward ||promoted rookie |
|Jake Lever ||Defender ||draft |
|Harrison Wigg ||DefendeMidfield ||draft |
|Harry Dear ||Ruck/Forward ||draft |
|Mitch McGovern ||Forward ||draft |
|Reilly O'Brien ||Defender ||Rookie |
|Keenan Ramsey ||Defender ||Rookie |
|Anthony Wilson ||DefendeMidfield ||Rookie |
Delistments and retirements:**
|Player ||Position ||Source |
|Angus Graham ||Ruck ||Senior |
|Lewis Johnston ||Forward ||Senior |
|Luke Thompson ||Defender ||Senior |
|Ben Rutten ||Defender ||Senior |
|Shaun McKernan ||Ruck/Forward ||Senior |
|Jason Porplyzia ||Forward ||Senior |
|Jared Petrenko ||Forward ||Senior |
|Alex Spina ||Defender ||Rookie |
|James Battersby ||Defender ||Rookie |
Retirements & Delistings:
Ben Rutten was the first to announce his retirement after 11 years as a Crow. Originally taken as a Rookie forward he kicked a goal with each of his first three kicks. Shortly afterwards he was shifted into the back line from where he would kick just 5 more goals over the next 10 years, however he left the game as he entered, kicking a goal in his final game of AFL football, with his final kick. Rutten was a champion of our club, an excellent lockdown defender and a general in the back lines.
Our other retirement was Porplyzia, a talented forward who could have done great things but was never able to reach his best thanks to a horror run of injuries including two complete shoulder reconstructions. Despite being at the Club for 10 years he managed to play every game in a season just once, in 2009, where he lead the Crows goalkicking and was given the coaches award.
The Crows started off the draft with an absolute steal in Jake Lever. Lever was considered a potential #1 draft pick before a knee reconstruction saw him miss the 2014 season, even afterwards he was considered a probable top 5 draft pick. Lever is a natural leader, having captained Vic Metro in 2013 before moving on to a coaching role during his 2014 year while injured. The Crows back line has been their weakness over recent seasons and they took a big step to resolving this by taking the best key defender in the draft.
Pick 35 continued the Crows form of getting absolute gold for rather mediocre draft picks. Harrison Wigg was part of the Under-18 All Australian team in 2014 as well as being nominated as SA's MVP. A small defender with strong rebounding skills averaging 78.3% kicking effectiveness and 18.8 disposals during the under-18 championships.
Picks 43 and 58 were Mitch McGovern and Harry Dear, both project forwards who could pay dividends down the line.
In the Rookie draft Adelaide focused on project players and local talent overlooked in the national draft. O'Brien was viewed by the Crows as the best ruckman during the TAC cup. Ramsey was a surprising non-selection during the national draft, having been the only player to record a perfect score in the kicking test at the Draft Combine, The Crows had intended to take him but ran out of selections. Finally Anthony Wilson was the final pick, a midfielder who is "probably the quickest player outside the AFL".
The Crows were able to bring in Cheney and Lowden from Hawthorn. Walsh has already declared Cheney is in our best 22 and his inclusion will help bolster an extremely young defence. Lowden meanwhile is a project ruck/forward.
The Crows have the frame around which a premiership team could easily be built; That frame is headed by Captain and power forward Tex Walker, supported by elite small forward Eddie Betts. The midfield is centered around the trio of Jacobs, Sloane and Dangerfield; while the back line has the #1 lockdown defender in the competition in Talia and All Australian rebounding defender Brodie Smith.
The question over the Crows is if they have the talent to support that sturdy frame of stars. Despite being a team once famed for developing its B-grade players under Craig, the Crows have failed to develop crucial talent in the past three years. This will be the test for the Crows in 2015, can Walsh get some of our lesser known players to live up to their potential?
Champion Datas analysis has predicted the Crows are likely to have a strong resurgence in 2015 and many betting agencies have declared their own analysis shows the Crows are likely to push for a top 4 finish. These are big expectations and only time will tell if Walsh and his new look Crows can deliver after two years of let downs.
Players to look for in 2015: Brad Crouch:
Runner up in the 2013 Rising Star, Brad Crouch has already shown glimpses of brilliance. 2015 will be his first complete, injury free, preseason, expect him to burst onto the stage in a big way in 2015.Highlights Matt Crouch:
Regarded by some betting agencies as the favorite for the 2015 rising star, Matt Crouch underwent ankle surgery before Christmas. It will be tough for him to recover and get into the midfield but if he does watch out.Highlights Rory Atkins:
Atkins has yet to play a senior game despite pushing hard for selection at the end of 2014. Averaging 19 possessions at 80% efficiency in the reserves Atkins is another player likely to force his way into the senior squad and have an immediate impact. Jarryd Lyons:
Coming in as a small forward/midfield archetype, Lyons has been at the club for about 4 years or so. Never cementing his place in the side, he has done well when playing but never seemed to be a favourite of Sanderson. But now with Walsh in, we might see players like Lyons clamming up those final spots and impressing.Highlights Josh Jenkins:
Jenkins has been a player that has frustrated Adelaide fans for a number of years with the biggest question mark being over his work ethic. In 2014 he took a big step forward averaging 2 goals a game and improving his supporting ruck work; If he continues to develop 2015 could be his breakout year Highlights Charlie Cameron:
Made an electrifying debut against Collingwood at Adelaide Oval in Round Nine. A groin injury limited the speedy forward to seven AFL games, but he showed enough to earn a new two-year contract and promotion to Adelaide’s primary list. Highlights
Players on notice in 2015: Brent Reilly:
Already discarded by the previous coach, Reilly is seemingly without a place in the first team. This year could be his last chance at AFL level football. Rory Atkins:
Drafted in 2012 and yet to make his debut, he is a skillful player who had some maturity issues to get over, he had a good season in the SANFL in 2014 but he needs to show he can be an AFL player this year. Sam Siggins:
In the same boat as Rory Atkins, he is a key defender who has been on the list for 3 years without challenging for the senior side, needs to show some signs he has what it takes in 2015.
Written by: dotpickles vhaluus DreadMango palmywarrior
and the anonymous masses from /adelaidefc
This Round in Football: The Finals, Week One Sorry this is late- Been absolutely hammered with Uni work and this was fucking big as well. Well here we go- Week one of September! 1986- Mick Conlan sinks Essendon
Fitzroy played their last finals series in 1986 under David Parkin, but the financially handicapped Roys made their last finals series a memorable one.
First up they played the Bombers at Waverley, who were trying to complete the first hat-trick of premierships since Norm Smith and the Demons in 1955-57. In a low scoring tussle thanks to wet conditions, the Dons led by 5 points with a minute left, only for a stalwart of the Roys, Mick Conlan (Who had been shut down by Bomber Thompson), to mark a Leon Harris kick inside 50, play on and kick a goal from the pocket to put the Lions up by a point.
Ultimately it was the final margin, as the Lions ended Essendon’s reign as the champions, sparking wild celebrations, including a ground invasion. Unfortunately for the Bombers, it was another case of “Eliminitis” as Lou Richards dubbed it- The Dons had now lost the 1972, 73, 75, 79, 81, 82 and 86 Elimination finals.
They followed it up the next week by knocking out the Swans, winning yet again by under a goal, which was their last finals victory before the 1996 merger. The dying stages 1990- The Macedonian Marvel
In 1990 the AFL took off, and it proved to be a memorable opening week of the finals series- Melbourne shut down Hawthorn's forward line, and at Waverley, Collingwood and West Coast played one of most memorable finals games ever.
Late in the 4th quarter, Peter Daicos kicked one of the most memorable goals ever seen- Getting a handball from Darren Millane, Daicos was forced onto the boundary line, where he quickly kicked on the outside of the boot, which ended up being one of the greatest finals goals ever kicked, putting the Pies 8 points up.
Ultimately in the dying seconds, Peter Sumich had a chance to win the game for the Eagles in the pocket, but his kick went across the face for a behind, tying the scores at 90 apiece with the siren going just five seconds later. The two sides would have to come back next week, in what would be the last replayed final for 20 years.
The draw also completely changed the 1990 finals series- As a result, the Bombers had to wait a total of 3 weeks to play their first final, in which Collingwood handily beat them.
Also it was Brian Taylor’s last game of VFL/AFL football. Pies vs Eagles 1991- The finals leave Victoria
Prior to 1991, the only final that had ever been played away from Melbourne was all the way back in 1897 at Corio Oval in Geelong. Then 94 years later, with the competition becoming national, giving them the right to host the first final ever played outside of Victoria.
Finals fever gripped WA, as tickets for the game sold out in record time, and the gameday attendance was 44,142, still a record for the shitheap that is Subiaco.
Ultimately the game didn’t totally go as the Pro-Eagles crowd wanted it, despite perennial villain Dermott Brereton hurting his knee, the veteran Hawks upstaged the Eagles by 23 points, handing them their only loss in Perth for the entire season.
The game was best remembered for the performance of Hawks ruckman Steven Lawrence, who finished best on ground by a mile, with 30 disposals, 30 hit-outs (Some list it as 26), 14 marks and a goal.
It would also be 10 years until another Victorian team won a final interstate, which coincidentally was the Hawks in Adelaide. 1994- The Final 8 debuts
1994 marked the first season of an expanded finals series, moving from 6 to 8 teams, though critics including Mike Sheahan were opposed to the move, preferring to see it stay at 6.
But it was one of the greatest weekends of finals football possibly ever, with every game either incredibly tense or an upset. At Waverley on Saturday, North Melbourne and Hawthorn tussled all day, and the siren ended with the scores tied- Though David King had the ball 60 out for the Roos, but his kick fell just short of being forced through for a score. Since replayed finals matches other than the Grand Final had been abolished after 1990, they played out Extra Time, and it was "The King" Wayne Carey who saw the Roos home, as they were the only ones who scored (3.5 to nothing).
Then that night at the MCG, Billy Brownless had probably his greatest moment as a Cat, when he kicked 'That goal' after the siren against Footscray, which got the Cats home by five points. On Channel 7 after the kick, Sandy Roberts exclaimed, "Billy, you are king of Geelong!" And Gerard Healy "The Monkey's off the back Billy!" Brownless was mobbed by every Cats player, and coach Malcolm Blight jumped on. Just two weeks later the Cats were kicking after the siren again.
Then on Sunday at the MCG again, there was a major upset, as 7th placed Melbourne upended 2nd placed Carlton in the 2nd half to win by 27 points. Sean Charles kicked 5 goals, Martin Pike kicked 4 and "The Ox" David Schwarz kicked 4.
Over in Perth there was nearly an even bigger upset at the WACA, as Collingwood (8th) took on the Eagles (1st). Despite the Eagles leading by 4 goals at the last break, the Pies made a charge in the last term, kicking 6 goals to 2. And they could have had a shot after the siren inside 50, but Mick McGuane dropped a mark with just seconds remaining. The Eagles won by 2 points. It was the 313th and last last game for Pies skipper Tony Shaw, who was filled with tears as he walked off the ground. It was also Collingwood's last finals appearance for 8 years. 1996- The Bears win a final- By the bearest of margins
In 1996, the Brisbane Bears finally clicked and nearly won the minor premiership, just a few months before they would merge with Fitzroy.
And their first final ever at the Gabba was an absolute thriller against the Bombers, with Leppitsch and Lynch (Playing his first final) kicking 4 apiece, but the Bombers went toe to toe with the Bears all night. In the dying seconds, a high ball to the goal square fell off hands to Gavin Wanganeen, who had already kicked 3 goals in the second half, but he got rushed into his kick, and the snap hit the post, reducing the Lions lead to a point with 17 seconds remaining. The Bears saw out the final seconds and won a final after 9 years of existence, and left the Bombers at risk of being knocked out if Sydney or North lost- Neither of them did.
And after they lost the Prelim to Sydney by a stick, they had the unfortunate distinction of losing two finals by a point in the same season. 2002- Collingwood shuts off the Power
Going in to a game interstate without your skipper, who just happens to be your best player would probably mean you would be in one word, fucked. However Collingwood completely defied that in 2002.
Just 3 years after they won the wooden spoon, and 8 years after their last final, the Pies were back in the Top 4, up against Port Adelaide who were expected to win comfortably (they had won 5 more games than the Pies) against them. Collingwood's odds before the bounce were 5/1.
But the Pies went blow for blow with the Power by playing one on one around the ground, denying the Power certain goals through desperation (Such as Peter Burgoyne being run down in the goal square) and leading at every single change, and ultimately sealed the game deep into time on in the 4th, when Leon Davis roved a goal off the pack, securing a 13 point win, and cementing Port's place as the AFL's chokers (In their 4th finals match, it was their 4th loss). It also sealed Mick Malthouse as THE man at Collingwood.
In the absence of Buckley, Paul Licuria played sublimely, gathering 40 disposals and holding Brownlow fancy Josh Francou to 27.
Collingwood also became only the second Victorian team to win a final interstate. 2006- O’Loughlin vs the Eagles front row
2006 was the peak of the Eagles-Swans rivalry of the 2000s, and it climaxed with two epic finals, including a Grand Final.
The Swans raced out to a handy lead in the first half, and led by 22 points early into the third quarter. However the Eagles kicked 5 goals in the third to take the lead briefly, and reduce the gap to 3 points at the last change. The last quarter turned into a goal for goal marathon, first Cousins kicked a goal, then the Swans responded, and it went on, until Armstrong’s goal just before the five minute warning put the Eagles up by 4 points. The Swans counter attacked in time-on, when Drew Banfield spoiled the ball in the defensive ball right into the path of Michael O’Loughlin, who slammed it home from the goal-square, and then exchanged pleasantries with the front row of the Eagles cheersquad, including “Slim Daniel” as he is now known after his weight loss.
Barry Hall was massive for the Swans, kicking 5 goals. But on Grand Final day, Darren Glass totally shut him down and held him goalless.
The Swans won by a point, but the Eagles met them again in the Grand Final- and won by a point. Eagles vs Swans 2007- The Magnificent Seven
Buddy Franklin well and truly sealed his place in the hearts of the Hawthorn faithful in 2007, when he finished 2nd in the Coleman Medal, then in their first finals appearance in 6 years, kicked 7 goals as they knocked off the more experienced Crows in a thriller by 3 points.
The Crows led for pretty much the entire game, and despite a Hawk fightback, the Crows retook the lead with Jason Torney kicking a bomb from outside 50 in time-on. With just seconds remaining, Scott Thompson kicked the ball out on the full, giving the Hawks the ball back for one last chance, which Ladson worked to Franklin on the edge of 50.
And with under 10 seconds left, Franklin lined up for his 7th goal, and absolutely nailed it, sparking absolutely joyous pandemonium amongst Hawks supporters, who had absolutely no idea how much time was left- As it turned out, none.
It was also the last game for the great Mark Riccuito, who played his 312th and last game. And at the same time, Richie Vandenberg lasted another week.
It was truly a sign of things to come. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCsurykGIZA 2013- Favourite Wipe Out Just before we begin, here’s Tom Harley’s immortal prediction for Week 1 of the 2013 finals
As it turned out, it was the total opposite of what would happen- the Hawks would be the only betting favourite to win that weekend.
On Saturday, the massive debate over the AFL awarding Geelong a final at Kardinia Park (The first time a final would be played in Geelong in 116 years) was all ignored as Fremantle were made to hop on the plane and travel down the highway (It was also Paul Chapman’s 250th game for Geelong). But with an enormous advantage of having Aaron Sandilands and Zac Clarke in the ruck against Blicavs and Vardy (Freo’s ruckmen both had more hitouts than what Geelong finished with- 16), Fremantle mowed down the Cats in the midfield (Mundy, Fyfe, Barlow and Spurr all played superbly with Crowley shutting down Johnson), and their backline stood up after an early onslaught by the Cats. The Dockers won by 15 points, destroying Geelong’s season for the second straight year and achieving the rare feat of holding the Cats goalless in the last term at Kardinia Park (Which if I’m correct hadn’t been achieved since 2005).
At the MCG, Port Adelaide weren’t expected to be that great against Collingwood, who had years of finals experience compared to the Power making their first appearance since the now legendary 119 disaster. But they kicked 5 of the first 6 goals, then withstood two Pies fightbacks, including when they took the lead in the 4th term, before they flicked the switch and kicked the last 4.6 of the game to win by 4 goals. On the same night that Labor got dumped out of Government, Collingwood got dumped out of the finals (And both of them haven’t been back since).
And then poor old Richmond copped the worst one of all, having returned to September for the first time since 2001. Because of Essendon being dumped out of the 8, they ended up playing arch rival Carlton, who they had one win against in 5 years. But they got out to a 5 goal lead in the 2nd term, only for Carlton to mow them down in the 2nd half, kicking 12 goals to 4 and knocking them out of September. A great joke that everyone dreamed about for a week had actually managed (By some miracle) to become reality- Richmond losing a final to 9th place.
Though fortunately for Tiger fans, this is the last time Carlton has beaten them.
KB wasn’t too happy about it!
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