Coach – Don Pyke
Points For – 1st
Points Against – 4th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Matt Crouch
- Rory Sloane
- Rory Laird
- Sam Jacobs
- Richard Douglas
2017 Rising Star Noms
Wayne Milera (Rnd 10)
Ins – Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson, Darcy Fogarty,Andrew McPherson, Patrick Wilson, Lachlan Murphy, Jackson Edwards,
Outs – Scott Thompson, Troy Menzel, Dean Gore, Jonathon Beech, Sam Shaw, Jake Lever, Harrison Wigg, Charlie Cameron
Far and away the best performed team in the home and away last year, when the pressure came on in the grand final, they totally went missing.
The backline is going to be weaker than last year. Losing Lever is a big one. He was important for them back there. Adelaide though has depth. Alex Keath is not the answer from what I saw last year. He can hold down a KP spot and potentially shut someone down but Lever was great with intercept marking and setting up play. Tom Doedee could finally get a run. Kelly and Laird of the half backs are good and Talia is a fantastic KP back. They are still good back there.
The midfield had questions marks last year but they stood up. The Crouch boys were fantastic and Sloane had a really good year. They bring in Gibbs this year which will strengthen the midfield even further. I think they could use a little more speed which Cameron used to bring in patches but Milera with another year in the system should be able to increase his time in the middle.
The forward line is real good. Tex, Lynch and Jenkins give them marking options and they welcome back McGovern who always knows where to be and constantly finds himself in dangerous positions. Throw in Betts and you have the most potent forward line in the competition.
Jacobs is a very good durable ruck. Gives good service and gets the job done.
To be honest, Adelaide surprised me last year with how consistently good they were. There are still serious question marks after the finals but you would have to back them to finish around the top of the table again. They have a midfield that is hard as nails ad a forward line that finds goals when they need them. If they aren’t in the 1-2 range I would be surprised.