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Adelaide Crows vs Essendon: 2013 AFL live scores, blog

22nd March, 2013

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Adelaide vs. Essendon

AAMI Stadium
2013 AFL Premiership March 23, 2013
Essendon won by 35 points
Adelaide Essendon
 Goal Behinds Points Goal Behinds Points
Q13422   139
Q24933   7547
Q381462   13785
Q4111682   189117


B: Luke Brown, Ben Rutten, Ricky Henderson
HB: Nathan van Berlo, Daniel Talia, Brent Reilly
C: Bernie Vince, Patrick Dangerfield, David Mackay
HF: Richard Douglas, Josh Jenkins, Jared Petrenko
F: Jason Porplyzia, Taylor Walker, Matthew Wright
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Scott Thompson, Rory Sloane,
I/C:Matthew Jaensch, Graham Johncock, Brodie Martin, Andy Otten

Emg: Brad Couch, Shaun McKernan, Aidan Riley


B: Mark Baguley, Cale Hooker, Michael Hibberd
HB: Brendon Goddard, Dustin Fletcher, Jake Carlisle
C: Courtenay Dempsey, Jobe Watson, Dyson Heppell
HF: David Zaharakis, Patrick Ryder, Stewart Crameri
F: Alwin Davey, Michael Hurley, Nick Kommer
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Brent Stanton, Ben Howlett
I/C:Heath Hocking, David Myers, Jake Melksham, Jackson Merrett

Emg: Leroy Jetta, Kyle Hardingham, Elliott Kavanagh

First Bounce: 8.40pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Stadium
Umpires: B Ryan, C Donlon, B Rosebury
Last Time: Adelaide 16.8.104 def Essendon 15.10.100
Betting: $1.47 Adelaide, $2.75 Essendon
TV: Channel Seven/7Mate (LIVE), Fox Footy (LIVE)
22nd March, 2013
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Tonight the 2013 AFL season begins when Adelaide Crows host Essendon at AAMI Stadium, with the football world’s focus finally turning to the on-field action. We’ll have live scores and commentary from the first bounce at 8.40pm AEDT.

In 2012 Adelaide, under the guardianship of Brenton Sanderson for the first time, began the year by winning the NAB Cup and continued that form throughout the season, eventually coming within a kick of making the grand final.

Suffice to say expectations are considerably higher this year but the Crows’ pre-season form has been patchy at best.

Their losses against St Kilda and Geelong both came at AAMI Stadium and it while they were nowhere near full strength, neither were their opponents.

But it would be foolhardy to place any significance on anything that happens before round one.

Adelaide made AAMI Stadium a difficult place to travel to last season, winning 14 of 16 matches there including a four-point win over the Bombers in round 19.

Patrick Dangerfield picked up 29 touches that night and Taylor Walker kicked four, and Sanderson will once again be hoping for big contributions from the pair both tonight and throughout the year.

Tonight they face an Essendon side who made their own flying start to last season going 8-1 after before a succession of injuries literally crippled their campaign, closing out 2012 on a seven-game losing run.

Aside from the ongoing drama that has enshrouded Windy Hill over the past month, much of the attention throughout the NAB Cup was on the form of Brendon Goddard.


The number one pick of the 2002 draft has begun 2013 strongly with a host of strong performances in the NAB Cup.

If he can continue this into tonight Hird will be a very happy man as will captain Jobe Watson, who will appreciate a second key midfielder to take some of the opponent’s attention.

Essendon have been boosted by the inclusions of Michael Hurley and David Zaharakis, although fellow midfielder Jason Winderlich is still unavailable with a groin complaint.

Adelaide received their own bonus at the selection table with the news that Jason Porplyzia will play, despite being hospitalised a fortnight ago with a stomach ulcer.

Highly touted West Adelaide product Brad Crouch has been named as an emergency, while former Essendon recruit Josh Jenkins will line up forward in place of the now-departed Kurt Tippett.

So who wins? It’s hard to go past the home side – you simply can’t argue with a 14-2 record.

Then again, that was 2012 and the Crows have been off so far in the pre-season and there is no doubt Essendon will be keen to play away the memories of the last four weeks, if only momentarily.