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  • Goals 23
  • Behinds 8
  • Total 146

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  • Goals 8
  • Behinds 7
  • Total 55
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Match Report

Match Report: Round 10

By Greg Roberts, AAP, with staff writers May 27, 2018 6:29 PM

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ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27: Nathan Jones of the Demons clears the ball out of the centre during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows at Traeger Park on May 27, 2018 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Melbourne emphatically proved its premiership credentials in Alice Springs on Sunday in a 91-point hammering of Adelaide.

The Demons racked up their fifth consecutive win with the 23.8 (146) to 8.7 (55) victory over last season's beaten grand finalists.

For the Crows, the drubbing was their heaviest defeat under coach Don Pyke.

The Dees got off to a flyer, kicking the first five goals of the match.

The signs were bad early for Adelaide when the fourth goal, before the 10-minute mark, involved four Melbourne players handballing to each other with barely a Crow in sight.

Eddie Betts notched Adelaide's first goal with a 50-metre kick that brought the strongly pro-Adelaide crowd of nearly 7000 at Alice Springs's Traeger Park to life, despite it being the Demons' home match.

The Crows kicked three out of the next four goals but Melbourne steadied with two more to lead by four goals at quarter-time.

Crows fans' hopes for a better start in the second quarter were dashed when Demon Tim Smith scored just 50 seconds in.

The match looked over when Charlie Spargo kicked a goal halfway through the third quarter taking Melbourne's lead to 53 points.

The Demons were winning out of the centre, with Max Gawn beating Sam Jacobs to get first use of the ball for a tough on-ball brigade including Jack Viney, Nathan Jones and James Harmes and Jesse Hogan kicking five goals.

MEDICAL ROOM
Melbourne: Neville Jetta was involved in a first-quarter head clash with Jake Lever, but returned to play out the match.

Adelaide: Paul Seedsman suffered another adductor injury – a problem that twice set him back last year – in the warm-up and was a late withdrawal. Luke Brown didn't play after quarter-time because of concussion.

NEXT UP
Melbourne will try to make it six wins on the trot when it faces the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Crows are back in the familiar surrounds of Adelaide Oval on Sunday, hosting a Greater Western Sydney side in desperate need of a win.

MELBOURNE  7.1       12.2     18.6     23.8 (146)
ADELAIDE       3.1       4.2       5.4       8.7 (55)

GOALS
Melbourne: Hogan 5, Neal-Bullen 3, Petracca 3, Brayshaw 3, Smith 2, Melksham 2, T. McDonald 2, Hannan, Jones, Spargo
Adelaide: Douglas 2, Betts 2, Gallucci, Fogarty, Gibson, Jenkins

BEST 
Melbourne: Brayshaw, Oliver, Lever, Gawn, Viney, Neal-Bullen, Hogan
Adelaide: Talia, M. Crouch, Laird, Greenwood, Doedee

INJURIES
Melbourne: Nil
Adelaide: Seedsman (adductor) replaced in selected side by Myles Poholke, Brown (concussion)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Donlon, Deboy, Brown

Official crowd: 6989 at TIO Traeger Park

 

 

Match Articles

Match Report: Round 10

Melbourne emphatically proved its premiership credentials in Alice Springs on Sunday

6:59pm May 27, 2018

Preview: Adelaide v Melbourne

AFL Media looks ahead at Sunday's clash at TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs

12:07pm May 22, 2018

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Angus Brayshaw
    Angus Brayshaw
    37
  • Melbourne
    Jack Viney
    35
  • Adelaide Crows
    Matt Crouch
    34
  • Melbourne
    Clayton Oliver
    31
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Laird
    30
Fantasy Leaders
  • Angus Brayshaw
    Angus Brayshaw
    166
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Laird
    125
  • Melbourne
    Alex Neal-Bullen
    122
  • Melbourne
    Clayton Oliver
    119
  • Melbourne
    Jesse Hogan
    113
Scoring Leaders
  • Jesse Hogan
    Jesse Hogan
    5.0
  • Melbourne
    Angus Brayshaw
    3.0
  • Melbourne
    Christian Petracca
    3.0
  • Melbourne
    Alex Neal-Bullen
    3.0
  • Melbourne
    Jake Melksham
    2.2

Match Stats

  • 468 Disposals 345
  • 78.6 Disposal Eff 74.2
  • 163 Contested Pos 117
  • 125 Marks 90
  • 22 Free Kicks 13
  • 40 Clearances 27
  • 62 Inside 50s 38
  • 30 Rebound 50s 38
  • 60 Tackles 66
  • 54 Hit-outs 26
  • 85 Interchanges 82

Breakdown

  • 7.1 (43)
    3.1 (19)
  • 12.2 (74)
    4.2 (26)
  • 18.6 (114)
    5.4 (34)
  • 23.8 (146)
    8.7 (55)

Player Stats

Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Angus Brayshaw 22 15 37 14 0 2 0 2 3 0 166
2Alex Neal-Bullen 15 8 23 6 0 1 0 6 3 0 122
3Clayton Oliver 8 23 31 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 119
4Jesse Hogan 11 9 20 11 0 2 1 0 5 0 113
5Timothy Smith 8 11 19 6 5 1 0 6 2 1 107
6Christian Salem 19 9 28 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 107
7Christian Petracca 12 10 22 4 0 0 0 3 3 0 98
8Jordan Lewis 14 7 21 11 0 1 0 2 0 0 98
9Jack Viney 10 25 35 3 0 1 3 3 0 1 94
10Tom McDonald 12 6 18 7 0 2 1 2 2 1 89
11Jake Melksham 11 6 17 6 0 1 1 3 2 2 87
12Charlie Spargo 10 4 14 9 0 0 1 4 1 0 84
13Michael Hibberd 13 10 23 6 0 2 0 1 0 0 83
14James Harmes 15 8 23 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 80
15Nathan Jones 9 19 28 1 0 1 2 2 1 1 78
16Bayley Fritsch 9 15 24 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 76
17Max Gawn 2 10 12 0 49 1 1 0 0 1 74
18Jake Lever 12 3 15 4 0 6 0 3 0 0 72
19Bernie Vince 10 7 17 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 70
20Mitch Hannan 8 7 15 4 0 0 1 3 1 0 65
21Neville Jetta 8 11 19 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 62
22Oscar McDonald 7 0 7 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 34

Adelaide Crows

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Rory Laird 13 17 30 10 0 1 0 5 0 1 125
2Matt Crouch 14 20 34 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 103
3Hugh Greenwood 14 7 21 2 0 1 0 10 0 0 103
4Bryce Gibbs 11 8 19 4 0 2 0 7 0 1 92
5Sam Gibson 12 10 22 3 0 1 1 4 1 0 85
6Josh Jenkins 12 2 14 7 3 1 1 4 1 1 85
7Rory Atkins 14 8 22 4 0 1 1 2 0 0 76
8Tom Doedee 6 15 21 5 0 1 2 4 0 0 74
9David Mackay 11 7 18 6 0 1 2 3 0 0 72
10Daniel Talia 9 9 18 8 0 1 2 2 0 0 72
11Richard Douglas 11 7 18 3 0 1 3 2 2 1 69
12Tom Lynch 11 7 18 7 0 0 2 1 0 0 66
13Wayne Milera 12 5 17 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 60
14Cameron Ellis-Yolmen 9 5 14 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 57
15Darcy Fogarty 7 2 9 6 0 0 1 1 1 1 51
16Sam Jacobs 4 2 6 1 21 0 1 3 0 0 49
17Jordan Gallucci 7 0 7 1 0 1 0 4 1 1 48
18Myles Poholke 6 3 9 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 47
19Jake Kelly 7 2 9 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 41
20Eddie Betts 6 1 7 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 40
21Kyle Hartigan 4 6 10 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 29
22Luke Brown 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 9
23Paul Seedsman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Lineups

Melbourne

B

  • Michael Hibberd,
  • Oscar McDonald,
  • Neville Jetta

HB

  • Mitch Hannan,
  • Jake Lever,
  • Jordan Lewis

C

  • Nathan Jones,
  • Jack Viney,
  • Bayley Fritsch

HF

  • Alex Neal-Bullen,
  • Jesse Hogan,
  • Jake Melksham

F

  • Tom McDonald,
  • Timothy Smith,
  • Christian Petracca

Fol

  • Max Gawn,
  • Christian Salem,
  • Clayton Oliver

I/C

  • James Harmes,
  • Charlie Spargo,
  • Angus Brayshaw,
  • Bernie Vince

No Late Change

In

  • No Change

Last updated: 5:46PM Sunday, May 27, 2018

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