Coach – Matthew Nicks
Points For – 10th
Points Against – 11th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
2019 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Fischer McAsey, Harry Schoenberg, Josh Worrell, Ronin O’Connor, Lachlan Gollant, Ben Keays, Ben Crocker, Billy Frampton
Outs – Eddie Betts, Richard Douglas, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Hugh Greenwood, Paul Hunter, Sam Jacobs, Josh Jenkins, Alex Keath, Andy Otten
Things have certainly crumbled at Adelaide, ever since the stance in the grand final followed by the absolute pounding, followed by the shenanigans at the team camp, it has been a descent into total and utter mediocrity. Change by the way of the coach has arrived but even that felt left field and as if the process got messed up along the way. Signs point to a tough year.
The backline keeps losing tall backs and has done so for a while. Doedee will be back but they have lost Keath and it looks thin back there with Talia there main tall defender. They are solid for run off the half back with Laird and Smith being pretty good users. They will be looking for Jake Kelly to step up this year.
The midfield looks thin, Sloane had good games last year but is starting to look beaten up and not having the same impact, the Crouch boys put together great stat sheets but I don’t feel like they really impact the game the way they should. They need Seedsman and Atkins for run but especially with Seedsman I feel they lack real impact. They need Gibbs to find the four year ago version of himself and impact the game. Something needs to go right for them to have an impact.
The forward line is toast. Taylor Walker looks shot and without a serious change of form is in the final stages of a middling career that probably never reached the heights it was capable of. Fogarty should give them something to get excited about. I am not sure how Lynch will go as I feel he benefitted a lot from Jenkins drawing a defender and he is gone. Their small with Jones and Milera look good.
The ruck is an area they don’t need to worry too much. O’Brien looked good for a young ruck last year and they traded Frampton in which gives them good depth as well. I don’t know how to rate Nicks as a coach, he didn’t feel like their first or second choice and I haven’t heard much of him in general coaching discussions.
Adelaide look cooked for mine. I don’t see where they could find the improvement necessary to push up the ladder and with the age or their key players combined with the players they lost, it feels like another slide to me. They still have a significant home ground advantage and I think will win enough at home to not fall too far. I think they will finish between 12-14