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It’s last year’s wooden spooners, the Adelaide Crows, going up against the losing grand finalists in the Geelong Cats as Round 1 continues. Stay up to date with their AFL clash with live scores on The Roar from 4:35pm (AEDT).
It was a season to forget last year for Adelaide, but some strong form to finish things off and the progression of some youngsters has them optimistic they can get themselves out of the bottom four in 2021. Matthew Nicks will be hoping his second year in charge of the Crows starts off much better than his first – although they face a very tough test first up.
Geelong were again one of the best sides all season last year but, although they were able to crack their preliminary final hoodoo, they were ultimately no match for Richmond in the decider. In the offseason, they went out and added several big names to bolster their chances of saluting and clearly have one objective on their mind – winning the flag. Nothing else will do in 2021.
The Cats got up by 28 points when these sides met last season – their third win in a row against the Crows. Geelong have alternated wins and losses in their last seven visits to the Adelaide Oval and, if the trend continues, are due for a win.
B: Andrew McPherson, Jordon Butts, Luke Brown
HB: Will Hamill, Brodie Smith, Jake Kelly
C: Lachlan Scholl, Rory Sloane, Paul Seedsman
HF: James Rowe, Billy Frampton, Ned McHenry
F: Shane McAdam, Taylor Walker, Lachlan Murphy
FOL: Reilly O’Brien, Rory Laird, Ben Keays
I/C: Sam Berry, Harry Schoenberg, Tom Lynch, Tom Doedee
EMG: Chayce Jones, David Mackay, Mitchell Hinge, Darcy Fogarty
B: Lachie Henderson, Mark Blicavs, Jed Bews
HB: Tom Atkins, Tom Stewart, Jake Kolodjashnij
C: Isaac Smith, Joel Selwood, Sam Menegola
HF: Shaun Higgins, Gary Rohan, Cam Guthrie
F: Gryan Miers, Tom Hawkins, Luke Dahlhaus
FOL: Rhys Stanley, Brandan Parfitt, Patrick Dangerfield
I/C: Jordan Clark, Josh Jenkins, Zach Guthrie, Mark O’Connor
EMG: Charlie Constable, Quinton Narkle, Francis Evans, Jack Henry