Coach – Matthew Nicks
Points For – 13th
Points Against – 17th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Rory Laird
- Ben Keays
- Paul Seedsman
=4. Brodie Smith
=4. Tom Doedee
=4. Taylor Walker
2021 Rising Star Noms
Lachlan Sholl (Round 4)
Riley Tilthorpe (Round 13)
Harry Schoenberg (Round 18)
Ins – Jordan Dawson, Josh Rachelle, Jake Soligo, Zac Taylor, Luke Nankervis
Outs – Tom Lynch, Jake Kelly, David Mackay, Ronin O’Connor, Tyson Stengle, Daniel Talia
Adelaide is the reminder of what happens when you screw with your culture and how hard it is to get things back on track. From grand final to allegedly nursing their team mates potatoes somewhere in the South Australian bush, it hasn’t been a stellar couple of years for the Crows although adding Dawson and Rachelle on top of a good draft hand last year shows there is the beginnings of a rebuild taking shape.
The backline has lost some genuine talent over the last couple of years and it is hard to imagine a backline less capable of getting the job done. Doedee has been a solid performer and should be better for his play last year but I dont think of him as a stopper. They will miss Kelly and will rely heavily on Butts with run coming from Brown and Smith.
The midfield is maybe the worst in the AFL at the moment. Dawson will add some class on the wing. Keays is a solid plodder and Seedsman can kick but hardly a two way runner. Sloane looked beaten up last year and Laird was good. I think surely Hately gets a few more games.
The forward line is still going to rely on Walker but Tilthorpe will be better for his game time last year. Fogarty continues to tease and look like he might be a genuine player as does Milera. It is a forward line that needs goals from it’s midfield which aren’t going to happen.
The rucks are ok, Reilly O’Brien looked like he was going to be amazing and hasn’t probably come along as much as they would have liked but he will and Tilthorpe is a handy back up. The coach has a hard job and it’s hard to decipher his game plan. Adelaide isnt generally known for it’s patience with it’s coaches and I wonder how much longer he gets.
Adelaide is a team with a very average forward line that will rely on goals from it’s midfield who wont kick goals meaning the pressure goes on the backline which is possibly the worst in the AFL. I just dont see the improvement coming this year and at their worst could compete for the spoon, at their best could climb out of the bottom four. I think bottom two is most likely.