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Adelaide vs North Melbourne

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1EF   Venue: Adelaide Oval   Date: Sat, 10-09-2016 7:10 pm   Crowd: 49,007  
Adelaide 4.6.306.10.4614.11.9521.15.141 C:  Don Pyke
North Melbourne 2.4.165.4.348.5.5312.7.79 C:  Brad Scott
  ADEL by 14ADEL by 12ADEL by 42ADEL by 62  
Weather
min temp  10.8°C      max temp  15.6°C
rainfall  0.2mm    humidity  87%    air pressure  1022.1mb
wind speed 6km/h      wind direction  SSW

Match Report

In the only match of week one of the finals that went to script, Adelaide had a comfortable win over North Melbourne on Saturday night to move into a semi final clash with Sydney next weekend. The Kangaroos were in touch with the Crows at half time, trailing by just 12 points, but an eight-goal third quarter from Adelaide, with Eddie Betts starring, set up a 42-point lead at the last break, and the Crows cruised to victory from there.

The Crows got off to a perfect start, with Charlie Cameron the beneficiary of a tap-on from a teammate and goaling after just 36 seconds. They continued to pepper the goals over the next 10 minutes but inaccuracy prevented them from setting up an early break, with Brodie Smith missing once and Jarryd Lyons twice. Tom Lynch finally had more success, kicking truly after a mark at the 12-minute mark, and Adelaide led 15-0.

North finally hit the scoreboard soon after that, with a behind to Majak Daw followed by a mark and goal to Lindsay Thomas. Both sides then slipped into a pattern of inaccuracy after that, trading behinds until a turnover from North at the 23-minute mark saw Josh Jenkins kick his first goal to put the Crows 13 points clear. Jack Ziebell clawed one back for North soon after but Eddie Betts closed out the quarter with a big mark and goal to give Adelaide a 14-point advantage at quarter time.

Adelaide started the second term strongly, a it had the first, but again could not find the big sticks. Jenkins and Rory Atkins both had shots at goal that went wide of the mark. North made the Crows pay when it finally got its chance after 10 minutes, and a snapped goal out of the ruck from Todd Goldstein had the Kangaroos back within 10 points. As he would for the remainder of the night, Eddie Betts settled the Crows almost immediately with a lovely roving goal that had Adelaide back out to a 17-point lead midway through the term.

Tom Lynch extended the Crows' lead with a mark and goal at the 20-minute mark, and the game appeared to be slipping from North Melbourne's grasp. However, the Kangaroos rallied in the final minutes before half time and consecutive goals from Shaun Higgins and Daw cut the deficit to an even two goals an the Kangaroos went into the long break with some semblance of confidence.

Sadly for North, that confidence would have dissipated soon after the resumption of play, as the Crows took complete control early in the third quarter. Captain Taylor Walker set Adelaide on its way with a mark and goal inside the first two minutes, and then Jake Lever and Jenkins follows up with majors which saw the Crows out to a five-goal lead nine minutes into the term. Majak Daw reduced it back to four goals with his second at the 10-minute mark but Matt Crouch's first goal had the lead back out to 30 points soon after.

Higgins' second goal again brought North to within four goals but the time-on period of the third term was the 'Eddie Betts Show' as the Crows added four goals to one, with Betts kicking three of them, delighting the rabid home crowd. When the siren sounded for three-quarter time, Adelaide was ahead by seven goals and only the most optimistic of Kangaroos fans would have given North a chance.

Fittingly, it was Betts again who snuffed out that very slim chance, with an acrobatic mark that saw him land on his back, with the resultant goal putting Adelaide 49 points clear. With the result of the game beyond doubt, the play opened up for the rest of the final term, both sides scoring goals relatively freely. The Crows continued to be the more prolific of the two sides, though, adding seven goals to four for the term to stretch the final margin to 62 points, probably a fair indication of the ultimate difference between the two sides. 

Betts was a clear standout, with his six goals and 12 disposals lighting up the Crows' forward line, while Jarryd Lyons was one of many influential Crows, laying nice tackles and having 23 disposals. For North, midfielder Jack Ziebell (22 possessions, four marks) played a fine game, while Daw's four goals gave North fans a glimpse of the future. 

The Crows live to fight another day, and they will take on Sydney at the SCG next Saturday night, with the winner to take on Geelong in a preliminary final the following Friday. If Adelaide is at its best, it should go very close to beating the Swans.

For North, which said goodbye to four stars of the game - Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Nick Dal Santo and Michael Firrito - on Saturday night, faces an uncertain few seasons ahead, with coach Brad Scott  and president James Brayshaw flagging a club "reset". Having played finals three seasons in a row without tasting premiership success, the Kangaroos might well be looking at several seasons outside the eight before their next assault on a flag. 

GOALS
Adelaide: Betts 6; Lynch 4; Jenkins, Walker, Smith 2; Cameron, Lever, M.Crouch, Walker, Lyons
North Melbourne: Daw 4; Thomas 3; Higgins, Goldstein 2; Ziebell

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Adelaide: Betts, Lynch, M.Crouch, Smith, Lyons, Thompson, Walker
North Melbourne: Ziebell, Higgins, Daw

BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
Adelaide: Betts, Lynch, M.Crouch, Smith, Lyons, Thompson, Walker
North Melbourne: Ziebell, Higgins, Daw

INJURIES
Adelaide: Nil
North Melbourne: Nil

REPORTS: Kyle Hartigan (Adelaide) for tripping Lindsay Thomas (North Melbourne) in the second quarter.

UMPIRES: Donlon, Kamolins, Jeffery

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
21 Atkins, Rory 11 6 7 18 0 1 0 2 0 0 22y 60d 31 15
18 Betts, Eddie 9 6 3 12 6 0 0 2 0 2 29y 289d 252 476
16 Brown, Luke 13 6 3 16 0 0 0 3 0 0 23y 354d 90 8
23 Cameron, Charlie 7 1 4 11 1 1 0 1 0 1 22y 67d 48 56
25 Cheney, Kyle 6 6 4 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 27y 16d 76 2
2 Crouch, Brad 7 0 15 22 0 0 0 5 1 1 22y 240d 40 13
44 Crouch, Matt 12 4 17 29 1 0 0 4 0 1 21y 142d 46 10
26 Douglas, Richard 12 1 8 20 0 0 0 3 0 0 29y 217d 194 133
15 Hartigan, Kyle 5 5 5 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 24y 308d 50 1
24 Jacobs, Sam 10 3 3 13 0 0 40 5 1 0 28y 153d 148 36
4 Jenkins, Josh 5 4 0 5 2 2 8 3 0 0 27y 215d 92 183
29 Laird, Rory 13 7 13 26 0 0 0 2 3 0 22y 256d 75 6
6 Lever, Jake 7 4 5 12 1 0 0 1 0 0 20y 189d 35 2
27 Lynch, Tom 12 5 9 21 4 0 0 3 1 0 25y 361d 82 123
31 Lyons, Jarryd 14 2 9 23 1 3 0 9 0 0 24y 50d 54 32
14 Mackay, David 10 3 12 22 0 0 0 3 1 0 28y 47d 162 46
41 McGovern, Mitch 6 3 3 9 0 1 0 5 1 1 21y 335d 22 30
9 Sloane, Rory 9 7 12 21 1 0 1 2 0 1 26y 177d 140 86
33 Smith, Brodie 18 6 11 29 2 1 0 2 0 3 24y 240d 119 35
12 Talia, Daniel 6 7 6 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 24y 344d 121 6
5 Thompson, Scott 12 4 12 24 0 0 0 8 0 1 33y 180d 306 161
13 Walker, Taylor 15 11 5 20 2 3 0 1 2 2 26y 138d 129 301
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 219 101 166 385 21 15 49 65 10 15 25y 149d 2312 1761
North Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
3 Anderson, Jed 9 4 3 12 0 0 0 3 1 0 22y 221d 20 6
18 Atley, Shaun 3 0 12 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 23y 363d 132 16
50 Brown, Ben 4 3 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 23y 295d 55 91
10 Cunnington, Ben 8 2 13 21 0 0 0 6 1 0 25y 72d 145 58
15 Dal Santo, Nick 8 1 21 29 0 0 0 1 1 1 32y 201d 322 156
38 Daw, Majak 5 4 2 7 4 1 4 2 0 0 25y 183d 25 26
14 Dumont, Trent 9 4 3 12 0 1 0 1 0 0 21y 72d 20 7
11 Firrito, Michael 8 5 11 19 0 0 0 0 1 0 32y 288d 275 29
43 Gibson, Sam 11 3 6 17 0 0 0 1 1 0 30y 106d 108 46
22 Goldstein, Todd 7 3 8 15 2 0 33 4 0 1 28y 71d 171 90
6 Hansen, Lachlan 3 3 7 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 28y 24d 138 76
29 Harvey, Brent 17 6 8 25 0 2 0 0 0 2 38y 119d 432 518
4 Higgins, Shaun 7 5 8 15 2 0 0 3 1 0 28y 190d 162 178
34 Macmillan, Jamie 9 4 6 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 24y 353d 104 41
21 McDonald, Luke 7 3 9 16 0 0 0 2 0 1 21y 214d 52 3
17 Mullett, Aaron 9 1 8 17 0 0 0 1 0 0 24y 200d 67 26
20 Petrie, Drew 2 3 4 6 0 1 1 3 0 0 33y 331d 316 428
9 Swallow, Andrew 4 3 15 19 0 0 0 7 3 0 29y 100d 208 76
25 Tarrant, Robbie 8 3 6 14 0 0 0 0 1 2 27y 138d 84 41
12 Thomas, Lindsay 10 3 4 14 3 1 0 1 2 1 28y 194d 196 320
8 Wells, Daniel 9 0 16 25 0 0 0 2 2 1 31y 220d 243 150
7 Ziebell, Jack 14 4 8 22 1 0 3 2 1 1 25y 195d 147 90
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 171 67 179 350 12 7 41 43 15 10 27y 239d 3422 2472

Match highlights

Nick Dal Santo had 21 handballs for North Melbourne vs. Adelaide (AFL, Premiership Season, 1EF)
Taylor Walker kicked his 300th career V/AFL goal: Adelaide vs. North Melbourne (AFL, Premiership Season, 1EF)

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.