Crows feast on feisty Bombers

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    The Adelaide Crows have come away big winners against the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium cruising to a 43-point win.

    The first term opened up with a bang from the Crows who despite losing the inside 50 count kicked 5.3 to the Bombers 2.2, Mitch McGovern was the first goal kicker of the game after a strong mark inside the Crows’ 50.

    The Bombers responded quickly through Connor McKenna. The first term was an exciting fast paced game which we expected from two of the highest scoring teams in the competition.

    A goal after the siren to Richard Douglas gave the Crows a 19-point lead into the break.

    The second quarter started all one way with the Bombers taking over, with Joe Daniher kicking three straight goals to give them a one-point lead, from there though the script flipped and it was all going the Crows way.

    The Bombers wouldn’t kick another goal for the quarter as the Crows poured in five straight goals. The flurry of goals to the Crows gave them a 32-point lead at the major break.

    The third quarter continued the onslaught of the Crows who kicked the first two goals of the term through Rory Atkins and David Mackay.

    After Mackay kicked the goal at the 13-minute mark Essendon would start a run of four straight goals, three of which were to Cale Hooker, the fourth to retiring great Jobe Watson.

    At this point it looked like the Bombers may be able to mount a comeback, but the Crows soon put the brakes on the Bombers kicking two goals in the dying minutes of the third to keep their 32-point margin intact.

    Cale Hooker and James Stewart tried to get the Bombers back into the game at the start of the fourth quarter but the Crows wouldn’t let up keeping the Bombers at arms length for the remainder of the game.

    At the four-minute mark of the fpourth quarter all of the Essendon fans stood up in honour of Jobe Watson as a fitting tribute to the soon to be retiring former captain.

    The Crows and Bombers went goal for goal at stages in the fourth but two late goals through Mitch McGovern and Brad Crouch ended the Bombers hopes for good.

    The Crows now just need a win next weekend to secure the minor premiership while the Bombers will be hoping a few games go their way so they still have a shot at the top eight.

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    • August 13th 2017 @ 10:28am
      Aransan said | August 13th 2017 @ 10:28am | ! Report

      The Crows were just too good, they will be hard to beat for the premiership. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti looks as though he would benefit from a weeks rest.

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      August 13th 2017 @ 11:07am
      DingoGray said | August 13th 2017 @ 11:07am | ! Report

      Solid performance by the Crows.

      Only issue with them is the couple periods where they completely out of the game.

      Happened a bit at different times this year. And twice during this game.

      • August 13th 2017 @ 11:22am
        Danny said | August 13th 2017 @ 11:22am | ! Report

        I think just give credit to Essendon for those bursts, rather than attribute them to a fade out by Adelaide. Its a fast deck and no wind under the roof, so cause a turn over and execute good foot skills and its a score. Danihers three goals were good individual play by a star and at the end of some excellent pressure from the Dons and I also thought switching Lever onto him was a mistake. In the later goal flurries several goals were scored from outside 50. So I don’t think it was a fadeout in the same terms of what happened earlier this year. The response each time was impressive.

    • August 13th 2017 @ 11:09am
      Danny said | August 13th 2017 @ 11:09am | ! Report

      Essendon were not at all bad and had some excellent periods during the game. I would say its one of the Crows best performances of the year. Good spread of contributors but stand out performances from Matt Crouch, Smith and Atkins. Huge test to come on Friday against Sydney.

    • August 13th 2017 @ 12:46pm
      Rissole said | August 13th 2017 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

      Adelaide too good for too long. They are fit and it shows in their skill execution and burst football late in quarters. Costly fade-outs by the Bombers in each of the quarters resulted in about 7-8 goals in the final minutes or after the siren to Adelaide with that being the end result.
      Not a bad effort by the Bombers, really missed Merrett and Orazio but we’ve had a good run injury-wise this year so can’t complain. The team really needs a clearance and contested beast like Dusty (or Jobe circa 2012). I hope we find a quality mature player in this mold over the off-season.
      Special mention to McGrath for a superb job on Betts. Small forwards have always destroyed us.

    • August 13th 2017 @ 4:25pm
      SamBo said | August 13th 2017 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

      This crows team will take some beating.

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