Adelaide vs Fremantle
Sunday 18th April 2021
Sunday 18th April 2021
I feel like I cannot live up to the amazing previews we have had so far. I have decided to go in a different direction. I was dredging my mind for footy memories about playing Adelaide and this is what popped up. Interestingly (or maybe not) it is not about playing Adelaide.
In 2001 in the depths of winter, I went on holiday over east with hubby. We flew into Melbourne, picked up a hire car, drove the Great Ocean Road and then on to Adelaide. We had a great holiday, made even better by the finale.
I was a Dockers’ tragic, even in those days. It was Round 18 and we hadn’t won a match yet for the season. Even though I was on holiday in Adelaide, I resolutely found a pub showing the match. (This was well before the days of everything on the Internet etc). We played Hawthorn (who finished 6th at the end of home and away, and got thru to a Prelim) at Marvel. A 20yo ruck/forward called Justin Longmuir kicked 5, Peter Bell had 38 possessions and we won, kicking over 100 points. I was so happy I had gone to the trouble of finding somewhere to watch the match and (trigger warning) I can remember regaling the barman about what a star JLo would be.
Our only other win for that year came in Round 22 and was against Adelaide at Subi. We kicked over 100 points then too. I am hoping that there is some kind of good omen in this little memory surfacing.
Last Time They Met
2020 Round 5 Metricon Stadium Dockers 8 6 54 Adelaide 4 10 34
Our first win of 2020. Andy, Cez, Barra, Ryan and Logue were our best. A good performance from our youth against an Adelaide outfit in a deep hole at the time.
The Dockers will be without best 22 players Lobb, Hamling or Pearce (I think we need one of them to say we have our best defence on the park) and Switta (I wouldn’t have counted him as clear best 22 before this year but he was one of our best over the first 3 rounds). Logue is underdone but may play. Other players who are unavailable / underdone are Tucker, Crowden, Schultz and Young. I don’t count Stephen Hill.
The Crows are without Sloane, Talia, Matt Crouch and Milera.
This Week’s Battle
Adelaide have performed well at the back end of last season and so far this season, winning 6 of their last 8 games.
This year they have:
- Beaten Geelong in Adelaide, a performance that looked unbelievable at the time, but maybe looks a little less impressive now
- Performed OK losing to a rampant Swans in Sydney
- Made fairly heavy weather of getting over the Suns in Adelaide
- Had a comfortable win against a slightly more competitive Roos at Marvel
They have been fielding teams of a similar average age to the Dockers, and with fractionally less average experience.
They have the 3rd best points for and are 16th for points against in the comp. We have the 11th best points for and 7th best points against.
Taylor Walker has been the Crow’s standout player this year with 20 goals from 4 matches, and has probably been the standout player of the competition.
I have looked at the Crow’s stats and nothing stands out to me to give a picture of what is important to their game plan. It seems like Walker is a huge factor in their wins. Rory Sloane has only missed 1 game so far (against the Roos) and he is a significant loss to their midfield.
Big forwards are Brennan’s bete noir, although Tex, at 193 cm, is not the type of super tall that has really worried my buddy. We haven’t seen the smooth synergy from our defence that we saw last year IMHO. Logue may come in, he gave Tex a bath last year, but Tex is currently a very different prospect.
It is a match we need to win, if we want to be in any kind of final’s contention. We will need midfield dominance, I think, to give ourselves a chance. We are probably capable of that, but maybe not to a sufficient extent.
Crows by 20, unfortunately.