The 25.18 (168) to 9.9 (63) victory means they leapfrog both Essendon and Gold Coast on the AFL ladder, thanks to their strong percentage, reviving their hopes of hosting an elimination final in the process.
Ruckman Sam Jacobs was a star with 39 hit-outs and two goals to solidify his All-Australian claims while the Crows dangerous forward line enjoyed a day out.
Taylor Walker (six goals) and Eddie Betts (three goals and four assists) were constant thorns in the side of the Lions, delivering a sobering reality check to their rising defensive brigade.
After limiting their past five opponents to just 66 points per game, Brisbane’s backmen were embarrassed in front of a crowd of 19,657 with too many turnovers and loose Crows.
Adelaide’s midfield, outplayed by West Coast in last week’s loss and without Scott Thompson (hamstring), were dominant after the home side made a sparkling start to kick three of the first four goals.
It was Jacobs who quickly got them on top by dominating the stoppages against Stef Martin while Rory Sloane (28 disposals and two goals) was also integral to their charge to a 44-point halftime lead.
Lynch had also impressed with two goals before he ducked his head into Justin Clarke’s hip and play was stopped for six minutes while he was being treated with supreme caution by medical staff.
The stretcher returned to the field soon after when Otten fell awkwardly in a two-on-one marking contest.
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson had been worried about the heat on a 25-degree sunny Brisbane day and made an unsuccessful request for a lift in the interchange cap.
But he ultimately had little to worry about as his players, full of run, enjoyed the club’s biggest-ever win over Brisbane.
The Crows had 13 individual goal-scorers and slotted nine final-term majors to further embarrass the Lions with their worst defeat at the Gabba.
While those in Victoria and Western Australia were seeing their personal fairytales unfold before them, South Australians already had their eyes on a prize of a different kind: a draft so full of local talent it’s almost overwhelming. Okay, it’s hardly premiership glory and, given the choice, the preference would surely have been to go […]
The AFL trade period is fast approaching and looks set to be the biggest and busiest yet. As such, I’ve put together a club-by-club guide on who’s coming in, who’s going out, and what the deals might look like.