Adelaide are a very good side, and played like a very good side. They play controlled, dangerous football. My query on them is that they might be frontrunners, but I’m coming around. After watching them last night they’re my tip for the flag. Next weeks game against the Swans should be a ripper.
With two of our most important players out it was always going to be a tough ask. Adelaide never looked like they might lose, but I think the margin flatters them. It felt closer than that, and it should have been but for lapses of concentration (junk time goals against us), some ordinary decision making, plus a real lack of defensive pressure through the midfield. Umpires didn’t help either.
Nothing to get hysterical about.
Having said that, one of the most disappointing aspects this year has been team selection, particularly the fact that some of the promising types haven’t been exposed to senior footy. It’s a missed opportunity, and it’s hard to argue that they don’t merit it over some of the guys getting weekly games regardless of form.