Coach – Don Pyke
Points For – 4th
Points Against – 6th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Patrick Dangerfield
- Rory Laird
- Eddie Betts
- Sam Jacobs
- Taylor Walker
2015 Rising Star Noms
Charlie Cameron (round 13)
Jake Lever (Round 17)
Ins – Curtley Hampton, Troy Menzel, Paul Seedsman, Hugh Greenwood, Alex Keath, Wayne Milera, Tom Doedee, Paul Hunter, Jonathon Beech, Hugh Greenwood
Outs – Patrick Dangerfield, Sam Kerridge, Brodie Martin, James Podsiadly, Brent Reilly, Sam Siggins, Matthew Wright, Jack Osborn
Adelaide had a hell of a year last year. Losing their coach in shocking circumstances, they could be forgiven for falling in a heap and giving up. But under Camporeale they seemed to get even better. They bonded together and played some of the best footy of the year running into September. It wasn’t to last but certainly showed they have some talent.
That being said, there is no hiding from the loss of Dangerfield. Absolute champion and by far their best player. It is going to hurt. Their midfield doesn’t bat as deep as you would generally like and losing the best player means the likes of Sloan and the Crouch boys are going to have to do a lot more heavy lifting. Dangerfield changed the direction of games. I don’t think they have anyone left who can do that. They do have a very good ruckman in Jacobs but not much depth if he should get injured.
The forward line is dangerous. If they can get enough supply they Tex will kick goals along wirh Jenkins. Betts and Cameron are great small forwards. The consistency of Betts last year set the benchmark for small forwards.
They are set for tall backs with Talia, Hartigan, Lever and will be hoping Ottens can finally have some luck. They traded for Seedsman who is a very handy player off half back and could worth well with Smith and Laird. They don’t have too many issues in their backline.
Unfortunately for the Crows, I think the loss of Dangerfield is going to hurt a lot this year. I think they can still make the 8 but likely to miss. I think they will be caught amongst a lot of teams fighting for the final spot. 8-10 for mine.