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Round: 18   Venue: Adelaide Oval   Date: Fri, 21-07-2017 7:20 pm   Crowd: 50,464  
Adelaide 5.2.329.5.5913.9.8713.13.91 C:  Don Pyke
Geelong 1.4.104.6.307.8.5010.10.70 C:  Chris Scott
  ADEL by 22ADEL by 29ADEL by 37ADEL by 21  
Weather
min temp  6.7°C      max temp  17.6°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  54%    air pressure  1018.5mb
wind speed 17km/h      wind direction  NE
Brownlow Medal 3 Rory Sloane (ADEL)2 Sam Jacobs (ADEL)1 Harry Taylor (GEEL)

Match Report

Adelaide has established itself as outright favourite for the 2017 premiership with a convincing win over Geelong at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night. The Crows set up the match with a five-goal-to-one first quarter and kept Geelong at bay for the rest of the evening, extending the margin to seven goals at one stage before a last-term flurry from the Cats cut the final difference to a more respectable 21 points.

The match followed a remarkably similarly script to the two sides' meeting at Kardinia Park seven weeks earlier, with the roles reversed. In both matches the eventual winner led by 29 points at half time and then pushed out to game-high leads late in the third quarter before the final margin was reeled in to just over 20 points. Both games also saw the winner finish with 13 goals to the loser's 10.

Josh Jenkins got the Crows off to a perfect start on Friday night, snapping a goal after only 25 seconds, but Geelong dominated for a period after that without gaining full benefit. The Cats scored three behinds before Patrick Dangerfield, who had been a doubtful starter because of an ankle injury, kicked their first at the eight-minute mark to give them a three-point lead. But it wasn't long before Adelaide responded via Rory Sloane (who had been another doubtful starter after being concussed the previous week), and the Crows took control from there, with two majors to Richard Douglas and another to Hugh Greenwood seeing the home side by 22 points at quarter time.

A crumbing goal to Douglas - his third - extended Adelaide's lead to 29 four minutes into the second quarter, and the match looked to be getting away from Geelong, but two in a row from Mark Blicavs and Tom Hawkins saw the Cats back within 17 points at the nine-minute mark. The Crows hit back almost immediately though, Sloane kicking his second, and further goals from Charlie Cameron and Taylor Walker blew the margin out to 35 points after 17 minutes. The sides traded behinds from there before a very late goal to Mitch Duncan saw the Cats reduce the half-time margin to under 30 points. 

The two sides went goal for goal in the first half of the third quarter, with majors from Adelaide's Luke Brown and Sloane getting responses from Cats Dan Menzel and Harry Taylor (who was thrown forward after half time after spending the first two terms in defence) respectively. But after Tom Lynch marked and goaled at the 18-minute mark, Douglas kicked his fourth to break the sequence, extending the home side's lead to 40 points. A late goal to Taylor pulled one back for Geelong but the Crows went into the final break well in command, 37 point to the good.

Neither side could find the big sticks early in the last quarter, each adding two behinds before Taylor received a free kick and goaled at the nine-minute mark. Taylor followed up with his fourth a minute later, and when he kicked his fifth at the 14-minute mark, the margin was back to 21 points and there was a hint of anxiety in the Crows' camp. But Adelaide switched to defensive mode after that, and Taylor's fifth goal was the last of the match. A shot from Zach Tuohy that would have cut the margin to 15 points missed, and the Crows held on for a solid win that gives them a game-and-a-half break at the top of the ladder.

Sloane, who many thought wouldn't play, had a brilliant match, gathering 28 touches and three goals for the winners. For Geelong, Taylor's five-goal second half gave the Cats a chance of victory, while skipper Joel Selwood (nine tackles, 26 disposals) played a typically solid four-quarter match.

Adelaide will be a strong favourite to consolidate its break at the top of the ladder when it meets Collingwood (13th, 7-10) at the MCG on Saturday, while the Cats, still second on the ladder, will be similarly favoured to account for Carlton (16th, 5-12) at Docklands on Saturday night.

GOALS
Adelaide: Douglas 4; Sloane 3; Greenwood, Cameron, Jenkins, Lynch, Brown, Walker
Geelong: Taylor 5; Duncan, Hawkins, Blicavs, Dangerfield, Menzel

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Adelaide: Sloane, Douglas, Jenkins, Talia, B Crouch, M Crouch, Greenwood, Kelly
Geelong: Taylor, Dangerfield, Henderson, Selwood, Duncan, Bews

BEST - THE AGE
Adelaide: Sloane, Greenwood, Douglas, M Crouch, B Crouch, Atkins
Geelong: Taylor, Duncan, Tuohy, Blicavs, Dangerfield, Menegola

INJURIES
Adelaide: Nil
Geelong: Stanley (corked calf), Blicavs (ankle)

UMPIRES: Hosking, Chamberlain, Ryan

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Brian Taylor, Wayne Carey, Cameron Ling, Mark Soderstrom

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 5 8 19 0 1 0 5 2 0 23y 9d 49 25
18 Betts, Eddie 3 4 5 8 0 0 0 6 1 0 30y 237d 270 520
16 Brown, Luke 10 7 1 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 24y 302d 107 11
23 Cameron, Charlie 5 1 1 6 1 0 0 2 3 3 23y 16d 65 79
2 Crouch, Brad 14 3 15 29 0 0 0 7 1 1 23y 188d 54 17
44 Crouch, Matt 14 4 18 32 0 1 0 5 2 1 22y 91d 64 14
26 Douglas, Richard 11 1 9 20 4 0 0 5 0 0 30y 165d 212 144
20 Greenwood, Hugh 13 2 10 23 1 2 0 4 2 2 25y 137d 8 6
24 Jacobs, Sam 11 7 6 17 0 0 32 1 2 1 29y 102d 166 42
4 Jenkins, Josh 10 6 3 13 1 0 7 0 1 4 28y 163d 106 211
42 Keath, Alex 6 3 0 6 0 0 0 3 2 1 25y 182d 1 0
8 Kelly, Jake 8 7 4 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 22y 181d 26 0
3 Knight, Riley 5 1 4 9 0 0 0 6 1 4 22y 116d 23 18
29 Laird, Rory 11 6 11 22 0 0 0 1 0 1 23y 204d 93 8
27 Lynch, Tom 12 7 7 19 1 1 0 3 2 3 26y 309d 98 149
14 Mackay, David 12 1 2 14 0 1 0 2 1 2 28y 361d 177 53
41 McGovern, Mitch 6 3 3 9 0 2 0 3 1 1 22y 283d 30 38
22 Otten, Andy 7 4 4 11 0 0 0 0 1 1 28y 67d 95 35
9 Sloane, Rory 18 3 10 28 3 2 0 7 6 1 27y 126d 158 102
33 Smith, Brodie 16 7 1 17 0 0 0 3 0 1 25y 188d 137 42
12 Talia, Daniel 4 4 5 9 0 0 0 3 0 2 25y 292d 139 6
13 Walker, Taylor 7 5 5 12 1 2 0 2 2 2 27y 87d 146 345
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 214 91 132 346 13 13 39 70 30 31 25y 289d 2224 1865
Geelong Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
24 Bews, Jed 12 6 6 18 0 0 0 1 1 0 23y 219d 42 3
46 Blicavs, Mark 9 4 5 14 1 0 0 10 4 1 26y 115d 106 34
35 Dangerfield, Patrick 8 3 17 25 1 0 0 10 5 2 27y 107d 195 220
22 Duncan, Mitch 13 4 11 24 1 1 0 7 2 2 26y 41d 152 114
29 Guthrie, Cameron 5 0 11 16 0 0 0 6 0 2 24y 336d 122 37
39 Guthrie, Zach 0 1 7 7 0 0 0 3 0 1 19y 21d 4 0
26 Hawkins, Tom 8 3 6 14 1 3 0 2 2 0 29y 0d 205 424
25 Henderson, Lachie 6 3 6 12 0 0 0 6 1 0 27y 219d 150 110
8 Kolodjashnij, Jake 7 4 8 15 0 0 0 1 2 1 21y 346d 39 0
13 Lonergan, Tom 3 1 13 16 0 0 0 2 1 1 33y 65d 202 55
27 Menegola, Sam 10 3 12 22 0 0 0 6 1 3 25y 136d 22 13
10 Menzel, Daniel 3 2 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 25y 311d 55 103
32 Motlop, Steven 8 2 4 12 0 0 0 1 0 1 26y 131d 129 170
21 Murdoch, Jordan 12 3 5 17 0 1 0 3 1 3 25y 120d 86 57
34 Parsons, James 2 2 4 6 0 0 0 3 0 1 20y 100d 13 11
14 Selwood, Joel 12 3 14 26 0 0 0 9 6 0 29y 56d 244 144
16 Selwood, Scott 3 2 6 9 0 0 0 10 0 3 27y 116d 146 39
9 Smith, Zac 4 0 10 14 0 0 15 1 2 2 27y 149d 101 46
1 Stanley, Rhys 4 4 6 10 0 0 22 0 1 2 26y 232d 97 69
44 Stewart, Tom 9 4 5 14 0 0 0 3 0 2 24y 128d 13 2
7 Taylor, Harry 9 3 1 10 5 0 0 2 1 2 31y 39d 221 61
2 Tuohy, Zach 16 6 7 23 0 1 0 2 1 1 27y 223d 137 46
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 163 63 165 328 10 10 37 89 31 30 26y 63d 2481 1758

Footnotes

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