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Adelaide Crows vs St Kilda: AFL live scores, blog

15th June, 2012

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Adelaide vs. St Kilda

AAMI Stadium
2012 AFL Premiership Season June 15, 2012
Adelaide won by 4 points
Adelaide St Kilda
 Goal Behinds Points Goal Behinds Points
Q15333   3119
Q211672   8856
Q3167103   101272
Q41713115   1615111
Adelaide Crows vs St Kilda
AAMI Stadium 8.40pm
Head to Head: Adelaide 18 St Kilda 15 drawn 1
Last clash: Rd 18 2011 – Saints 19.13 (127) bt Crows 3.6 (24) at Etihad Stadium
Tab Sportsbet: Crows $1.40 Saints $3.00

Teams:

Adelaide

FB: Brent Reilly, Ben Rutten, Sam Shaw
HB: Matthew Jaensch, Daniel Talia, Michael Doughty
C: Nathan van Berlo, Scott Thompson, David Mackay
HF: Jared Petrenko, Taylor Walker, Matthew Wright
FF: Josh Jenkins, Kurt Tippett, Jason Porplyzia
Fol: Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Patrick Dangerfield
Int: Richard Douglas, Chris Knights,
Brodie Martin, Ian Callinan
In: C. Knights, D. Mackay, B. Martin
Out: G. Johncock, B. Vince, B. Smith

St Kilda
FB: Jason Gram, Jason Blake, James Gwilt
HB: Sean Dempster, Sam Fisher, Sam Gilbert
C: David Armitage, Lenny Hayes, Nick Dal Santo
HF: Jack Steven, Nick Riewoldt, Brendon Goddard
FF: Stephen Milne, Justin Koschitzke, Ahmed Saad
Fol: Ben McEvoy, Leigh Montagna, Clinton Jones
Int: Raphael Clarke, Adam Schneider,
Arryn Siposs, Terry Milera
In: S. Fisher, B. McEvoy
Out: T. Simpkin, J. Newnes
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We are set to learn a bit more about two premiership contenders when the Adelaide Crows host an in form St Kilda at AAMI Stadium tonight. Join us for live scores and a blog from 8:30pm AEST.

Adelaide comes into this match in fifth position – outside of the top four on percentage after having a bye last week – with plenty of confidence after a brilliant 8-2 start to the season under new coach Brenton Sanderson.

The bye looks to have come at a good time for the Crows. This young Adelaide team were beginning to show a few signs of fatigue after being over-run by Collingwood in the final quarter at home three weeks ago before taking four quarters to dispose of an out-of-form Fremantle at Subi a fortnight back.

Sanderson has made three changes for tonight. Backman Graham Jockcock has a back problem while Bernie Vince is suspended. Brodie Smith has been omitted.

They are replaced by goal-sneak Chris Knights, outside midfielder David McKay and Brodie Martin.

Adelaide’s resurgence this season has been built on the back of both an improved effort in midfield and a functioning forward line. Star on-baller Patrick Dangerfield and key tall Taylor Walker have been the standouts for ‘the pride of South Australia’ in season 2012.

Last year, teams off the bye had a one-in-three winning strike rate but that record improved from a low percentage as the season wore on. Against a St Kilda team on the six-day break, it will be interesting to see how the Crows fair tonight.

The Saints will fancy their chances. After an indifferent start under the reign of rookie coach Scott Watters, St Kilda has been fantastic in the last two months.

They’ve won four and lost four in that period but the Saints have been at a high level on each occasion. Last week they disposed of a hapless Gold Coast outfit by 95 points at Metricon.

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Their star midfield, clearly benefitting from the return of Lenny Hayes, is once again playing at the standard that helped send the team from Seaford to three grand finals in two seasons under Ross Lyon.

Crucially, captain Nick Riewoldt appears to be back to his best form after kicking seven goals against the Suns last week.

If St Kilda (6-5 eighth) are to win tonight they are going to need to overcome a poor record at Footy Park.

The Saints have an atrocious record at the home of South Australian football. Since the beginning of 2010, St Kilda has lost four of their five matches at AAMI Stadium. Their only victory was against the woeful 2011 Port Adelaide side.

In their round one visit to Adelaide, St Kilda was beaten by four points by Port.

Watters has made two key changes for this clash. The Saints will benefit from the return of first-choice ruckman Ben McEvoy and star defender Sam Fisher.

Youngsters Tom Simpkin and Jack Newnes make way.

The midfield battle is going to be worth watching tonight.

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St Kilda’s midfield is star studded. The likes of Dal Santo, Hayes, Goddard, Armitage, Montagna and Jones will provide a big test for this young, improving Adelaide on-ball brigade.

And the victor of that battle in the middle of the ground may well be the victor on the scoreboard.

Tonight I’m tipping the Crows. There’ll be a big crowd cheering them on and St Kilda don’t usually bring their best footy to Adelaide.

Crows by 20 points.