The Adelaide Crows managed a 9.9.63 to 25.18.168 drubbing of the Brisbane Lions on a warm day at the Gabba.
It was a disappointing day for both sides: for Brisbane by conceding an extra 105 points and for Adelaide because they lost both Tom Lynch and Andy Otten to injury in a drama filled, time consuming second half.
The Lions started the game strong, booting some cracking sausage rolls off the back of majestic transitions. Jack Crisp seemed to have a hand in everything early, netting himself two in quick succession.
The Crows seemed a little sluggish at first but quickly warmed to the game and got down to business pronto, going into the sheds at quarter time 15 points ahead.
Then the second quarter – aka. the longest quarter of footy ever – happened.
Mid-way through the second stanza Tom Lynch decided to duck into a contest and head-butt Justin Clark’s hip doing himself a mischief in the process. Lynch was down and out with what appeared to be a neck injury. It was unfortunate to see that Lynch was so seriously injured but he intentionally ducked his head into the contest: it was an injury waiting to happen.
Later in the quarter Andy Otten blew out his knee and had to be whisked away.
After the delays the Lions were like lambs to the slaughter. Brisbane had no answers to the Crows ability to score from any situation across the park. Their transitions were fluid, their kicks precise and they always seemed to make the right decision at the right time.
Tex Walker booted himself six big ones, his biggest bag of the season.
Tommy Rockliff racked up a massive 40 touches of the pill, one major and a behind in a busy performance spent trying to lift his team.
At the end of the day the Crows were just too good.
My nomination for three Brownlow points from this game goes to the bloke driving the medic’s golf buggy: he was the busiest bloke out there today.
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