Injury woes for Crows after smashing Blues by 55


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    Adelaide has overcome a second-quarter lull to defeat winless Carlton by 55 points, but the victory came at a cost with exciting young utility Wayne Milera appearing to become the Crows’ eighth hamstring victim this season.

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    Milera exited the match before half-time in Adelaide’s 19.11 (125) to 10.10 (70) win in front of 47,422 fans at Adelaide Oval.

    He joined Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts, Matt Crouch, Kyle Hartigan, Kyle Cheney, Sam Gibson and Lachlan Murphy as victims of the Crows’ horror 2018 hamstring curse.

    On a more positive note, forward Mitch McGovern marked powerfully and booted a career-best five goals, Richard Douglas (two goals, 28 touches) proved an able forward foil and Matt Crouch and Rory Laird (32 possessions each) were typically prolific.

    Adelaide quickly asserted their dominance, particularly on the outside, slotting six unanswered majors to lead by 31 points at quarter-time.

    When Hugh Greenwood converted a free to open the second, the margin was out to 37 points.

    But the Blues turned the tables on Adelaide in the second period, running rings around the home side in uncontested possessions to steal the momentum.

    Young tall forward Harry McKay nailed two second-quarter majors and No.3 draft pick Paddy Dow booted his maiden AFL goal as Carlton stormed back into the contest, clipping the deficit to just 17 points at half-time.

    The Crows awoke from their surprise slumber after the main interval, outscoring the Blues 6.5 to 1.4 in a commanding third term, McGovern’s spectacular soaring mark over Liam Jones the highlight.

    Adelaide’s advantage stretched to 48 points at the final change which was always going to be too much for Carlton to reel in.

    Ed Curnow (26 disposals, 14 tackles) was superb but it was in vain for the bottom-placed Blues who slumped to their seventh straight defeat, extending the club’s worst-ever start to a season.

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    • May 6th 2018 @ 10:53am
      The Ghost said | May 6th 2018 @ 10:53am | ! Report

      Questions have to be asked about what is going on at this tragic excuse for an AFL club that clings to the glory days of VFL.

      Bolton has to go, he has no AFL experience. SOS, the so-called master recruiter, has run the club into the mire, by topping up the club with list cloggers and duds from GWS. Kennedy and O’Shae are too slow. Plowman has gone backwards, SPS falls asleep for large portion of the game. Mullet is sub par. Weitering is not up to scratch. There are severe problems if Rowe is seen as someone who can fill the void left by Docherty.

      Mackay has to go. He is part of this old boy network that keep the club held back from the modern era. Carlton look like they will get the wooden spoon trifecta. The AFLW team have secured it, and their second side get belted week in and week out.

      Real Carlton people, like Travis and Andy Maher, want better than this. Carlton will lose a hole generation of fans, and their membership is plummeting.

      I worry that Cripps and Curnow will seek trades, as the board is ruining this once mighty club, that has become St Kilda 2.0.

      Fresh faces are needed at the top.

      • Roar Guru

        May 6th 2018 @ 11:14am
        Cat said | May 6th 2018 @ 11:14am | ! Report

        Blah, blah, blah more baseless BS from the same person. Even the same spelling and grammar mistakes.

      • May 6th 2018 @ 11:20am
        Kane said | May 6th 2018 @ 11:20am | ! Report

        Bahahaha, why are you hiding behind a different alias Mattyb?

        • May 6th 2018 @ 11:58am
          Mattyb said | May 6th 2018 @ 11:58am | ! Report

          Press the report button then Kane,man up.
          Email the website seeking the answers for what’s going on rather than accuse,if it is an alias I agree that’s poor but what The Ghost has said I do agree with obviously.

          • Roar Guru

            May 6th 2018 @ 12:49pm
            Cat said | May 6th 2018 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

            Agreeing with yourself, how unsurprising

          • May 6th 2018 @ 12:53pm
            Kane said | May 6th 2018 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

            Why would I want to report that you have 2 accounts, there’s no rule saying you can only have 1. Very strange comment.

          • Roar Rookie

            May 6th 2018 @ 1:00pm
            Lord Dunsborough of the MCC said | May 6th 2018 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

            It’s not so much what the Ghost says old boy, it’s how he says it. Same sentence structure, same adjectives, same disparagement. Same person. Maybe you’re siamese twins and you’re taking turns using the computer.

            nothing wrong with an alias, provided it’s used judiciously and appropriately

      • May 6th 2018 @ 11:35am
        Kaniel Outis said | May 6th 2018 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        Isn’t this “they have to go” thinking, the very thing that has gotten Carlton into trouble in the first place?

        Carlton are a rebuilding side who played against the runners up from last year.

        • May 6th 2018 @ 11:53am
          Mattyb said | May 6th 2018 @ 11:53am | ! Report

          Sounds like an excuse there Kaniel,the blues fans speciality now that standards have dropped to zero.
          I’d personally say Carltons problems are from having the same types of people in charge and not making the neccasary changes of fresh ideas.
          I think we all have some pity for this tragic AFL club, but it’s hard to escape the fact they’re now 0-7 after being talked up ferociously over yet another preseason.

          • May 6th 2018 @ 12:03pm
            Kaniel Outis said | May 6th 2018 @ 12:03pm | ! Report

            As a fan of the mighty Kangas It would be a cold day in hell before I would make excuses for a club that wanted to take us over. I just call it as I see it.

          • Roar Guru

            May 6th 2018 @ 12:36pm
            Paul Dawson said | May 6th 2018 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

            Apparently there’s good and bad hair-trigger decisions. Matty doesn’t have a clue what those decisions should be, he just thinks they should be made regardless

      • May 6th 2018 @ 11:54am
        truetigerfan said | May 6th 2018 @ 11:54am | ! Report

        You are the tragic excuse for a man, Matthew! Causing mischief, gaining notoriety for being pathetic and generally displaying a very dim wit. Go away.

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          May 6th 2018 @ 12:07pm
          Col from Brissie said | May 6th 2018 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

          Couldn’t have said it any better TTF. What sort of a person gets enjoyment from saying the same things week after week and even goes as far as doing it under multiple names. The way he constantly tries to put down anything Carlton just smacks of someone with a severe inferiority complex when it comes to the Blues.

          • May 6th 2018 @ 12:22pm
            big four sticks said | May 6th 2018 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

            When Carlton and Brisbane meet neither of them will want to win. It could be a nil all draw.

            If grand finals were played at the Adelaide oval the Crows would be half a chance. Given they are not, once again the premiership will allude them.

            • Roar Guru

              May 6th 2018 @ 12:51pm
              Paul Dawson said | May 6th 2018 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

              the premiership is going to indirectly hint at them?

              perhaps it may instead elude them

          • May 6th 2018 @ 3:26pm
            Mattyb said | May 6th 2018 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

            Id say the current biggest problem with Carlton is the tragic culture they have not only adopted but has been swallowed whole by the fans.
            Sitting 0-7,the worst start in the clubs history,and the fans are far more concerned with noice rather than what’s actually falling apart on the football field,while happily nodding at those patronising the club with pity.
            Weekly thrashings,constant loses,players rapidly descending backwards,and the fans are happy to say “Well,we didn’t lose by 100 points,how good are we”.

            What sort of person hangs their hat on pity and becomes so easily rattled when it’s not forthcoming.

            • May 6th 2018 @ 4:36pm
              Macca said | May 6th 2018 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

              What sort of person spends more time discussing a team they think is tragic than the 2 they are supposedly members of?

              Did you go out to watch what was described as one of the worst games of the year yesterday or did you go to the MCG to see Freo get smashed today Matthew?

            • Roar Guru

              May 6th 2018 @ 4:47pm
              Col from Brissie said | May 6th 2018 @ 4:47pm | ! Report

              No one is on here patronising the Blues Matthew, they are just calling you out for the predictable monotonous comments that you and your aliases like to post on every Carlton article.

            • May 6th 2018 @ 9:30pm
              Kane said | May 6th 2018 @ 9:30pm | ! Report

              Is this Mattyb or TheGhost commenting?

            • May 6th 2018 @ 9:41pm
              Kane said | May 6th 2018 @ 9:41pm | ! Report

              Is this The Ghost or Mattyb speaking here? I really want to better myself intellectually but I’m getting a bit confused to who I’m talking to.

            • May 7th 2018 @ 3:49pm
              Ken Oath said | May 7th 2018 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

              Good boy Matty.

              Do you get a Bacchus Marsh every time someone takes a bite?

          • May 6th 2018 @ 4:38pm
            Macca said | May 6th 2018 @ 4:38pm | ! Report

            See Casboult is out for a month now Col?

            • Roar Guru

              May 6th 2018 @ 4:55pm
              Col from Brissie said | May 6th 2018 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

              Yeah, pretty gutsy by the big bloke to play on with busted ribs and lung damage. Will be interesting how they line up next week. They don’t need to replace him and hopefully Curnow and Marchbank are right to go. Weitering had a good game in the two’s and Lang had another solid game.

              I could see Curnow, Marchbank and Lang come in for Levi, Graham and O’Shea and give Weitering another game in the two’s to build his confidence.

              • May 6th 2018 @ 6:19pm
                Macca said | May 6th 2018 @ 6:19pm | ! Report

                Col- Weitering should come straight back in, he was so far above VFL on the weekend, there is nothing for him to gain from another game

              • Roar Guru

                May 6th 2018 @ 7:05pm
                Col from Brissie said | May 6th 2018 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

                Macca, if Marchbank comes back I would think we would be too tall down back with Jone’s and Rowe. I just think by giving him another week in the two’s it gives him a chance to really increase the confidence which he has been lacking.

              • May 6th 2018 @ 7:20pm
                Macca said | May 6th 2018 @ 7:20pm | ! Report

                Col – If Weitering doesn’t have confidence from the weekend she game he never will.

                As for being too tall down back, I think Marchbank could play off a wing or even up forward with Casboult out.

                I would look at taking Phillips out to get Weitering in and get Kreuzer to ruck as much as possible with McKay, Curnow, Rowe and Jones giving him a chop out.

              • May 6th 2018 @ 8:23pm
                Zed16 said | May 6th 2018 @ 8:23pm | ! Report

                Col I would probably leave Marchbank for another week and bring in Curnow, Lang, Weitering and let O’shea and Rowe have sometime in the VFL.

                I would like to see Paddy Kerr get a run inplace of Casboult as he has kicked multiple goals and i think it maybe time for him to have a run in the firsts.

            • May 6th 2018 @ 6:10pm
              sammy said | May 6th 2018 @ 6:10pm | ! Report

              @ Macca. I was at the game last night and i thought that Carlton were very good at centre fact it appeared that they controlled clearances as they just seemed to get the ball out and forward far more regularly than the crows did. Where the game got away from Carlton was the crows were far more polished with the ball in hand than the blues. Yes it was a 10 goal win and I thought the crows – apart from some bursts in the 1st and 3rd 1/4 didn’t actually do too much and Carlton gave them a good game..apart from the bursts. Cripps is in and under everything and some of the other young guys looked quite promising. However this is not the game to judge Carlton or the crows on as the crows have beaten far stronger and further developed teams at Adelaide oval and Carlton in their current position would not have penciled in a win at AO before the season started. 2 clubs at very different stages of evolution

              • Roar Guru

                May 6th 2018 @ 6:59pm
                Col from Brissie said | May 6th 2018 @ 6:59pm | ! Report

                Sammy, I think we saw the skill difference between a top side and a bottom side. In the first quarter the Crows by foot were excellent. Once Carlton applied more pressure and slowed the game down they got back into the game.

                The frustration for Blues fans are the turnovers particularly in the back half that resulted in Adelaide goals. You will get that from players that have not played together long but even the experienced Kade Simpson had four turnovers that resulted ini goals to the Crows.

                Your forward line functioned well last night and McGovern was unstoppable With all your injured stars back you will certainly going deep into the finals.

              • May 6th 2018 @ 7:04pm
                sammy said | May 6th 2018 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

                @ col. True, although I saw enough from Carlton that if they can develop their kicking efficiency to a good and consistent level, they win enough of the ball to be able to hurt teams as their inside game looks good – particularly Cripps who at times had the ball on a string. Hypothetically, imagine having a gut running Rory Sloane type on the outside to capitalise on the inside is the area that you need to strengthen in to take the next step

              • May 6th 2018 @ 7:06pm
                Macca said | May 6th 2018 @ 7:06pm | ! Report

                Good summary Sammy, the Crows just has a bit more depth in the midfielder and more options up dwarf but i was happy enough with the blues endeavour.

                I also agre with Col that our turnovers are very frustrating but not totally unexpected given the age of our team and that we are playing depth players like O’Shea , Graham and Kerridge due to injury.

                On outside players, I think we have a couple of young blokes in the team that will develop but I can’t wait to see Murphy, Williamson and Pickett back in the side.

              • Roar Guru

                May 6th 2018 @ 7:13pm
                Col from Brissie said | May 6th 2018 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

                Agree Sammy. Although Sloane is outside the age profile the Blues are after I think he would be worth the 3 or 4 years he could give us by combining with Cripps and Murphy and allowing the younger players like Dow and SPS to develop.

              • Roar Rookie

                May 7th 2018 @ 10:00am
                Pedro The Fisherman said | May 7th 2018 @ 10:00am | ! Report

                2 First Round Picks for Sloany. No problems. Where do you want him delivered.

      • May 7th 2018 @ 10:33am
        Macca said | May 7th 2018 @ 10:33am | ! Report

        “SPS falls asleep for large portion of the game.” – This week SPS had 65% TOG, last week it was 69% – is it possible that the time you think he has fallen asleep is actually the time he is having a rest on the bench?

        Given SPS is yet to complete a full pre-season (having injured a quad after a late start due to being drafted in his first pre-season and having shoulder surgery this offseason which kept him out of the main group until around late Jan) it is understandable he is given restricted game time and 14 possessions in 65% game time is a reasonable return for a 2nd year player.

        • May 7th 2018 @ 4:09pm
          johnthesadblue said | May 7th 2018 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

          Hi Macca,

          I’m with you on the bluebaggers!!

          As a baby boomer, I long for the glory days!

          But, it’s time for a steady head, accept the losses as and when they occur.

          The club certainly has more potential than the dark days of the first wooden spoon era.

          The time for a good hard look will be end of season 2019.

          ( In recent times I seem to recall the so called ‘experts’ calling for Hardwick’s head.)

          Do you think Bolton is the man for the job?

          • May 7th 2018 @ 4:19pm
            Macca said | May 7th 2018 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

            John – I think you are right by the end of next year we will have a much better idea of whether Bolton is the man for the job but on evidence to date I can’t see why he wouldn’t be.

            In the next 18 months as we get to see McKay and Curnow lead the forward line and Pickett comes in to give them the ground level support, as we see Williamson return to partner Docherty providing rebound off half back, as we see Lang, Kennedy, Dow, O’Brien, SPS & Fisher emerge as genuine midfielders to partner Cripps and as we see Weitering, Plowman & Marchbank start to form a long term partnership in the back 6 we will start to see the fruits of our labour.

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