The Adelaide Crows can farewell AAMI Stadium with a win over Melbourne this afternoon. We’ll have live scores from 1.45pm AEST.
After 22 years at Football Park, the Crows play their final game of footy at West Lakes ahead of their move to the Adelaide Oval in 2014.
While it’s often been the subject of criticism due to a variety of factors, there is a sentimentality about the ground and Crows fans will no doubt want to finish there with four points.
They couldn’t get a better opportunity against a Demons side limping slowly toward the end of the season.
Given it’s happened more times than can be remembered this season, it’s hard to say Melbourne hit a new low last week but the 95-point loss at home to Fremantle – in which they kicked just five majors all afternoon – certainly wasn’t pretty.
Losses to the Giants and Suns in the preceding fortnight have further contributed towards the Demons’ season to forget, and even though they have two sides outside of the eight to finish (Crows and Dogs) it’s hard to see them improving on their 2-18 record.
All of which doesn’t bode well for interim coach Neil Craig, who confirmed this week that he has been in talks with the club about taking the job permanently in 2014 and beyond.
Craig has made five changes to the side who lost to the Dockers last Sunday, bringing in James Frawley, Chris Dawes, Cameron Pedersen, Jimmy Toumpas and David Rodan.
Shannon Byrnes (foot), James Strauss (shoulder), Sam Blease (ankle) and Jack Fitzpatrick (concussion) are all out due to injury, while Troy Davis has been omitted.
The Crows’ own annus horribilis continued last Sunday with a 17-point loss to the Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.
Irrespective of whether the race for eighth spot will be re-opened by a points penalty to Essendon, Adelaide’s season is well and truly over in terms of finals footy and coach Brenton Sanderson will simply be hoping to finish with two wins.
Sanderson has made just two changes to his 22 for this afternoon, with Mitch Grigg and Kyle Hartigan after Sam Shaw was ruled out with a hamstring injury, while Matthew Jaensch has been omitted.
The Crows have dominated the Demons at West Lakes, winning 12 of 15 fixtures between the two sides there, and they’ll expect to make that 13 this afternoon.