Crows thrash Magpies in NAB Cup game

By Steve Larkin,

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    A stunning cameo from the AFL’s oldest rookie helped Adelaide thrash Collingwood by 77 points to secure their berth in the pre-season cup final.

    Adelaide’s 29-year-old Ian Callinan produced a game-changing burst as the Crows logged a 1.20.9 (138) to 1.7.10 (61) victory in Friday night’s AAMI Stadium encounter.

    With the match in the balance and Adelaide holding an eight-point, half-time buffer, Callinan was substituted into the game with instant impact.

    The rookie-listed small man set up two goals and threaded a remarkable left-footer himself in a 10-minute span which floored the Magpies.

    Adelaide forward Jason Porplyzia kicked four goals, and Tom Lynch and Shaun McKernan each booted three, as the Crows remained undefeated in four pre-season games under new coach Brenton Sanderson.

    Their cup final opponents, and the venue, will be determined by Saturday night’s clash between West Coast and St Kilda.

    Collingwood spearhead Jason Cloke kicked two goals but the Callinan-inspired Crows booted 17 goals and a super goal to the Magpies’ four majors after quarter-time.

    Callinan played three premiership games last year in a season cruelled when he ripped a bicep muscle off the bone.

    But he tore up the Magpies in collecting eight damaging disposals in the third quarter.

    Callinan created third term goals for Sam Kerridge and Lynch before capping his influence with a remarkable goal from a tight angle to give the Crows a defining 34-point lead.

    Adelaide were well served by half-back Brent Reilly and emerging midfielders Patrick Dangerfield Rory Sloane while Porplyzia was outstanding as he continued his successful comeback from shoulder reconstruction last season.

    The Magpies’ senior core of Scott Pendlebury, Harry O’Brien, Steele Sidebottom, captain Nick Maxwell and Dane Swan were reliable performers without leaving a massive imprint.

    Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said his club would lobby the AFL to host next week’s cup grand final.

    “That is an opportunity to play in a winning final,” he said.

    “Every time the Adelaide Crows play, we play to win.”

    Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley refused to use the inexperience of his side as an excuse.

    “Our performance was below where it wanted to be,” he said.

    “This club wouldn’t have leaked 138 points in any game for a long period of time, and that is credit to Adelaide.”

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    • Roar Guru

      March 10th 2012 @ 5:17pm
      The Cattery said | March 10th 2012 @ 5:17pm | ! Report

      Carlton have just taken the lead against Brisbane, qtr time now

      Port 3 goals up against Freo at HT

    • Roar Guru

      March 10th 2012 @ 5:20pm
      The Cattery said | March 10th 2012 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

      Matty Pavlich kicked a @NAB Supergoal in the 2nd term, earning $500 of Sherrins for Sacred Heart College in South Australia

      • March 10th 2012 @ 5:52pm
        Guido said | March 10th 2012 @ 5:52pm | ! Report

        Great stuff, but isn’t there more needy schools around than Sacred Heart?

        • Roar Guru

          March 10th 2012 @ 6:30pm
          The Cattery said | March 10th 2012 @ 6:30pm | ! Report

          that must be his junior footy team

    • Roar Guru

      March 10th 2012 @ 5:20pm
      The Cattery said | March 10th 2012 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

      tiges now lead Geelong by 68 pts

    • Roar Guru

      March 10th 2012 @ 6:31pm
      The Cattery said | March 10th 2012 @ 6:31pm | ! Report

      giants trail suns by 6 pts

      Hawks lead dees by 39pts

      Port lead Freo close to end, should win

      Lions lead Carlton by around 6 goals

      tiges thrashed geelong

    • Roar Guru

      March 10th 2012 @ 6:32pm
      The Cattery said | March 10th 2012 @ 6:32pm | ! Report

      Port def Freo by 20pts

      HT at Lavington, Suns lead Giants by 5 pts

    • Roar Guru

      March 10th 2012 @ 7:51pm
      The Cattery said | March 10th 2012 @ 7:51pm | ! Report

      GWS lead Suns in final minutes by 13 pts

      Hawthorn 10 goals up against the dees

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