Coach – Matthew Nicks
Points For – 15th
Points Against – 14th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Rory Laird
- Jordan Dawson
- Ben Keays
- Taylor Walker
- Brodie Smith
2022 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Izak Rankine, Max Michalanney, Billy Dowling, Hugh Bond
Outs – Luke Brown, James Rowe, Billy Frampton, Ben Davis, Ben Turner
Adelaide has been stockpiling young talent for a couple of years now and the pressure will come on Nicks this year to start the move up the ladder. This year they need to show something more and not be propped up by performances by their old campaigners.
The back line is boring. Doedee is a good player and Butts will hold down the last line of defence. Then you are still looking at Smith off of half back and probably Worrell or Jones on the other flank with Dawson cementing himself into the midfield. It is uninspiring and boring. They will be hoping it gets the job done but teams would fancy their chances if they have more than two decent forwards.
Laird, Dawson, Keays and Berry is a good start in the middle and they will be hoping Sloane can get back to where he was preinjury… or more likely hoping he can get back to where he was pre-preinjury.
The forward line still needs Taylor Walker to keep his mouth shut and kick goals. He was good last year but he is only going to get less reliable. They will be hoping Thilthorpe finally clicks and by the end of the year they would be wanting to start building the forward line around him. Rankine is a hell of an addition and could be anything (could also be absolutely nothing, just depends on the week). McAdam and Rachele are a very good small forward combination and things look set for the future up forward.
The ruck is a nut job but can tap a ball. He wasn’t stellar last year but would expect some bounce back this year. The coach is in some level of trouble and will be coaching under pressure for large parts of the season.
I don’t know really what to make of the list. There is young talent sprinkled through it but there is deficiencies in every area as well. I certainly think they are a better team than last year and their young players should improve to make them more competitive. That combined with home ground advantage will lift them at least a couple of spots. I think they sit in the 11-12 sort of range.