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Match Report

Tex leads Crows to upset win

By Adam Curley, AFL Media April 20, 2018 10:32 PM

Highlights: R5 v Sydney

See all the highlights from a rousing win at the SCG

Adelaide captain Taylor Walker has responded to a week of scathing criticism to inspire his side to a remarkable 10-point upset win over Sydney at the SCG on Friday night.

The Crows and their skipper were rightly picked apart after their disappointing loss to Collingwood in round four, but with stars Rory Sloane and Eddie Betts missing, Walker's four goals led the visitors to a stirring 12.13 (85) to 10.15 (75) victory.

Hard-running midfielder Paul Seedsman was sensational for the Crows with 26 possessions, while defenders Rory Laird and Tom Doedee gathered 55 touches between them, and wingman Rory Atkins was also important with three goals.

Unheralded onballers Hugh Greenwood and Cam Ellis-Yolmen did plenty of grunt work and shared 19 tackles for the night.

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After a disastrous loss to Collingwood in round four Adelaide coach Don Pyke was at a loss to explain how his team’s form could be so different in Sydney.

"I don't think we'll ever know to be honest,” he said.

"Last week, I don't think too much went right. Sometimes that just happens.

"We didn't really dig super deep through it. The players were disappointed, they were determined to put a lot stronger showing on tonight.

"We brought in some younger players who contributed really well."

The Swans had few four-quarter performers but defenders Dane Rampe, Harry Marsh and Jake Lloyd were solid under a mountain of pressure, along with midfielder Zak Jones.

Sydney coach John Longmire said his side's problems starting in the opening term when the Crows midfield dominated the clearances (16-7) and the inside 50 count (20-11), which put the homes side's backline under too much pressure.

"Our mids didn't touch it much it all in the first half and all our big possession winners were our defenders, and looking at those stats it's not surprising," he said.

"We just got well beaten in the middle of the ground and they were better at winning the contests than us."

Pyke threw plenty of players behind the ball with his side often starting centre bounces with nine defenders, which left superstar Swans Lance Franklin with little room to move and he struggled to kick the single goal opposed to Daniel Talia.

The Crows dominated the early part of the opening term but could only register 0.5 on the scoreboard, but under fire captain Walker settled the visitors with two goals, and when Rory Atkins snagged his second on the run they led by 12 points at quarter-time.

Franklin threatened to turn momentum the Swans' way when he launched a trademark bomb from the centre square not long after the break, after being picked out by a wayward Crows kick, but Walker hit straight back with one of his own from a set shot.

Josh Jenkins failed to touch the footy in the first quarter, but he bobbed up with a couple of his own and when Atkins cleverly snapped his third the Crows were 23 points clear midway into the second.

The Crows held their advantage for the reminder of the half but a dropped mark from Mitch McGovern after a defensive switch of play let the Swans in, and veteran Kieren Jack calmly slotted one from in front of the SCG members with 14 seconds left on the clock.

After being well down in the first half, Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker and Isaac Heeney started to wield an influence in the third term, but it wasn't until the 13-minute mark that a Harry Cunningham goal got the Swans on the board.

The SCG crowd then rose as one when Gary Rohan snapped truly and kissed the black armband on his left bicep, the speedster mobbed by teammates as he pointed to the heavens as a tribute to his baby daughter Willow who tragically passed away last week.

The home side couldn't take advantage of a lopsided inside 50 count and when Seedsman threaded a goal from a tight angle the margin was back to nine points at the final break.

A third for Jenkins and another for Walker, followed by a neat finish from youngster Jordan Gallucci blew the Crows lead out to 27 points 10 minutes into the last quarter, but two quick goals dragged the Swans to within two straight kicks.

They pressed hard until the final minute until fittingly it was a Walker mark near the Swans' goal line that ended the charge.

MEDICAL ROOM
Sydney: 
The Swans got through without any injury worries.

Adelaide: The visitors lost defender Kyle Hartigan with a hamstring injury in the first half so he's likely to miss some games.

NEXT UP
The Crows head back to Adelaide to take on Gold Coast next Saturday night, while the Swans have another tough game against Geelong on the road on Saturday afternoon.

SYDNEY           3.3       6.6       8.9       10.15 (75)
ADELAIDE       4.9       8.10     9.12     12.13 (85)

GOALS
Sydney:
Rohan 2, Jones, Towers, Florent, Franklin, Heeney, Jack, Cunningham, Hewett
Adelaide: Walker 4, Atkins 3, Jenkins 3, Seedsman, Gallucci

BEST
Sydney: Lloyd, Rampe, McVeigh, Jones
Adelaide: Walker, Laird, Seedsman, Jenkins, Atkins, Talia

INJURIES
Sydney: TBA
Adelaide: Hartigan (hamstring)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Donlon, Haussen, Meredith

Official Crowd: 38,017 at the SCG

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Rory Laird
    Rory Laird
    30
  • Sydney Swans
    Jake Lloyd
    28
  • Sydney Swans
    Zak Jones
    27
  • Sydney Swans
    Jarrad McVeigh
    26
  • Adelaide Crows
    Paul Seedsman
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Isaac Heeney
    Isaac Heeney
    115
  • Adelaide Crows
    Tom Doedee
    102
  • Adelaide Crows
    Taylor Walker
    102
  • Sydney Swans
    Zak Jones
    101
  • Adelaide Crows
    Paul Seedsman
    99
Scoring Leaders
  • Taylor Walker
    Taylor Walker
    4.1
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Atkins
    3.0
  • Adelaide Crows
    Josh Jenkins
    3.0
  • Sydney Swans
    Gary Rohan
    2.1
  • Sydney Swans
    Lance Franklin
    1.3

Match Stats

  • 375 Disposals 371
  • 74.7 Disposal Eff 73.9
  • 144 Contested Pos 149
  • 91 Marks 91
  • 18 Free Kicks 19
  • 35 Clearances 39
  • 64 Inside 50s 48
  • 35 Rebound 50s 54
  • 64 Tackles 60
  • 37 Hit-outs 48
  • 86 Interchanges 78

Breakdown

  • 3.3 (21)
    4.9 (33)
  • 6.6 (42)
    8.10 (58)
  • 8.9 (57)
    9.12 (66)
  • 10.15 (75)
    12.13 (85)

Player Stats

Sydney Swans

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Isaac Heeney 10 9 19 8 0 3 0 8 1 2 115
2Zak Jones 17 10 27 5 0 0 0 2 1 1 101
3Dane Rampe 15 7 22 8 0 1 2 3 0 0 90
4Jake Lloyd 16 12 28 6 0 2 1 0 0 0 89
5Jarrad McVeigh 14 12 26 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 89
6Harry Cunningham 12 9 21 3 0 1 1 3 1 0 79
7Callum Mills 12 7 19 6 0 1 0 2 0 1 78
8Callum Sinclair 9 2 11 3 32 1 2 2 0 1 76
9Luke Parker 7 10 17 4 0 1 2 6 0 1 73
10Harry Marsh 15 9 24 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 72
11Nick Smith 10 8 18 5 0 3 0 2 0 0 72
12Tom Papley 8 3 11 2 0 1 0 7 0 2 67
13Josh P. Kennedy 7 6 13 1 0 1 1 8 0 0 66
14Dean Towers 8 9 17 4 5 1 0 0 1 0 66
15George Hewett 6 7 13 2 0 1 0 5 1 0 65
16Heath Grundy 5 13 18 6 0 0 3 2 0 0 58
17Gary Rohan 9 0 9 4 0 0 1 2 2 1 57
18Will Hayward 5 2 7 3 0 0 0 7 0 0 56
19Lance Franklin 9 2 11 6 0 0 1 0 1 3 55
20Dan Hannebery 7 11 18 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 54
21Oliver Florent 11 4 15 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 54
22Kieren Jack 9 2 11 1 0 0 3 2 1 0 39

Adelaide Crows

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Tom Doedee 18 7 25 11 0 0 1 1 0 0 102
2Taylor Walker 12 4 16 7 0 4 0 2 4 1 102
3Paul Seedsman 18 8 26 3 0 0 0 3 1 2 99
4Tom Lynch 15 10 25 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
5Cameron Ellis-Yolmen 8 12 20 3 0 0 0 8 0 0 89
6Rory Laird 15 15 30 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 89
7Mitch McGovern 13 7 20 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 87
8Jake Kelly 10 10 20 6 0 2 0 4 0 0 86
9Hugh Greenwood 9 7 16 2 0 0 2 11 0 1 86
10Rory Atkins 17 7 24 2 0 1 3 1 3 0 85
11Wayne Milera 16 1 17 5 0 1 0 2 0 1 75
12Andy Otten 12 6 18 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 74
13Sam Jacobs 7 1 8 2 42 0 1 1 0 0 72
14Richard Douglas 8 9 17 1 0 3 2 7 0 1 71
15Luke Brown 11 5 16 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 69
16Bryce Gibbs 14 8 22 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 65
17Josh Jenkins 7 4 11 3 6 2 3 1 3 0 59
18Myles Poholke 5 5 10 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 54
19Jordan Gallucci 9 2 11 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 45
20Daniel Talia 3 6 9 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 39
21Riley Knight 2 7 9 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 34
22Kyle Hartigan 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 8

Team Lineups

Sydney Swans

B

  • Nick Smith,
  • Heath Grundy,
  • Jake Lloyd

HB

  • Callum Mills,
  • Dane Rampe,
  • Jarrad McVeigh

C

  • Zak Jones,
  • Luke Parker,
  • Isaac Heeney

HF

  • Harry Cunningham,
  • Lance Franklin,
  • Will Hayward

F

  • Tom Papley,
  • Gary Rohan,
  • Kieren Jack

Fol

  • Callum Sinclair,
  • Josh P. Kennedy,
  • Dan Hannebery

I/C

  • Oliver Florent,
  • Dean Towers,
  • George Hewett,
  • Harry Marsh

No Late Change

In

  • Gary Rohan,
  • Harry Marsh

Out

  • Nic Newman (Omitted),
  • Aliir Aliir (Omitted)

Last updated: 10:45PM Friday, April 20, 2018