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Match Report

Match Report: Round 9

By Lee Gaskin, AFL Media May 18, 2018 9:35 PM

Highlights: R9 v Western Bulldogs

The Crows and Bulldogs clash in round nine

The resilient Crows are back in the winner's circle after a 37-point victory against an inaccurate Western Bulldogs at a rain-soaked Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

Mercurial Crows forward Eddie Betts was brilliant in his 100th game for the club, defying the dreadful conditions to kick four goals in his best performance of the season.

The crowd of 39,407 witnessed an old-fashioned wet weather encounter where skills were sloppy, players crashed packs and goals were at a premium.

Despite having nine of their best 22 – including skipper Taylor Walker, Rory Sloane and reigning best and fairest winner Matt Crouch – watching from the stands, the Crows rose to third on the ladder with their sixth win of the season, 9.9 (63) to 2.14 (26).

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"That was an important one for us, more for the opportunity it created for the guys that were playing," Crows coach Don Pyke said.

"It wasn't about the guys that weren't playing.

"We understood coming here tonight that there were guys out of our team that would be in our best 22, but we couldn't worry about that.

"All we could control was what we brought tonight in terms of our effort and our attitude towards the contest, and that's why I was super proud of them.

"They brought that and they sustained that for four quarters.

"That just helps build their belief individually, but also as a collective."

The Bulldogs (4-5) were far from disgraced in their first loss after three straight wins against Carlton, Gold Coast and Brisbane, paying the price for failing to capitalise on their attacking opportunities.

Big-bodied Crows midfielder Cam Ellis-Yolmen was outstanding with his contested work, Hugh Greenwood and Bryce Gibbs battled hard and Rory Laird was his usual busy self across half-back.

In-form Bulldogs midfielder Jack Macrae would go close to racking up another three Brownlow Medal votes.

After two straight games of 40-plus disposals, Macrae had another 36 touches despite having the close attention of former North Melbourne tagger Sam Gibson in his first game for the Crows after missing eight weeks with a hamstring injury.

Marcus Bontempelli was strong, while defender Bailey Williams impressed with his ability to win one-on-one contests.

The two sides had vastly different game plans.

The Crows focused on moving the ball by foot, banging it forward at every opportunity.

In stark contrast, the Bulldogs switched the ball by hand and generated lots of uncontested possessions.

But the Crows reigned supreme at the contest to consign the Bulldogs to their ninth straight loss in a Friday night interstate game since 1988.

"The ratio of kick to handball by the Crows was a lot more on the kick side, and comparatively, we handballed a fair bit out of there," Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said.

"That's partly due to Crows' pressure, but we had a plan to get it on the boot a bit more, and that didn't unfold unfortunately, so we're a bit frustrated by that.

"How far we are from the better sides, it feels like there's a bit of a gap at the moment."

With the rain pelting down from the outset, Betts showed how it was done with a brilliant 50m goal from tight on the boundary.

The Crows led 3.3 (21) to 1.7 (13) at the main break.

Another magical finish from Betts, this time from a set shot hard in the right-hand pocket, gave the Crows a bit of breathing room in the third term. And they finished the game off with another three goals in the last quarter.

MEDICAL ROOM
Adelaide: For the first time this season, the Crows looked to have got through a game unscathed.
Western Bulldogs: The Bulldogs have a clean bill of health.

NEXT UP
The Crows have a nine-day break before heading to Alice Springs to face Melbourne at TIO Traeger Park next Sunday, 2.50pm (ACST). The Bulldogs are back under the Friday night lights when they take on Collingwood at Etihad Stadium at 7.50pm (AEST).

ADELAIDE                   3.1       3.3       6.6       9.9 (63)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 0.3       1.7       1.10     2.14 (26)

GOALS
Adelaide:
Betts 4, Fogarty, Lynch, Poholke, Murphy, Jenkins
Western Bulldogs: Webb, Suckling

GOALS
Adelaide:
Betts 4, Fogarty, Lynch, Poholke, Murphy, Jenkins
Western Bulldogs: Webb, Suckling 

BEST 
Adelaide: Betts, Laird, Ellis-Yolmen, Seedsman, Lynch, Greenwood, Jacobs
Western Bulldogs: Macrae, Dahlhaus, Hunter, Bontempelli, Williams

INJURIES 
Adelaide: -
Western Bulldogs: -

Reports: -

Umpires: Stevic, Williamson, Fleer

Official crowd: 39,407 at the Adelaide Oval

More to come.

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Jack Macrae
    Jack Macrae
    36
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Laird
    28
  • Western Bulldogs
    Marcus Bontempelli
    28
  • Adelaide Crows
    Cameron Ellis-Yolmen
    27
  • Adelaide Crows
    Bryce Gibbs
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Jack Macrae
    Jack Macrae
    144
  • Adelaide Crows
    Bryce Gibbs
    111
  • Adelaide Crows
    Hugh Greenwood
    103
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Laird
    102
  • Western Bulldogs
    Toby McLean
    101
Scoring Leaders
  • Eddie Betts
    Eddie Betts
    4.0
  • Adelaide Crows
    Tom Lynch
    1.1
  • Adelaide Crows
    Lachlan Murphy
    1.1
  • Western Bulldogs
    Matthew Suckling
    1.1
  • Western Bulldogs
    Lukas Webb
    1.1

Match Stats

  • 330 Disposals 398
  • 52.4 Disposal Eff 55.8
  • 213 Contested Pos 193
  • 45 Marks 34
  • 24 Free Kicks 17
  • 53 Clearances 33
  • 48 Inside 50s 52
  • 50 Rebound 50s 38
  • 114 Tackles 118
  • 57 Hit-outs 40
  • 78 Interchanges 80

Breakdown

  • 3.1 (19)
    0.3 (3)
  • 3.3 (21)
    1.7 (13)
  • 6.6 (42)
    1.10 (16)
  • 9.9 (63)
    2.14 (26)

Player Stats

Adelaide Crows

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Bryce Gibbs 19 7 26 2 0 1 0 8 0 1 111
2Hugh Greenwood 15 5 20 2 0 1 1 11 0 0 103
3Rory Laird 16 12 28 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 102
4Cameron Ellis-Yolmen 17 10 27 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 96
5Paul Seedsman 18 4 22 1 0 1 0 6 0 2 92
6Richard Douglas 21 0 21 3 0 3 1 5 0 0 92
7David Mackay 14 1 15 4 0 3 1 8 0 0 88
8Sam Gibson 11 9 20 2 0 1 2 8 0 0 84
9Sam Jacobs 5 0 5 1 54 0 2 3 0 0 78
10Eddie Betts 9 6 15 3 0 2 0 1 4 0 78
11Tom Doedee 11 4 15 2 0 1 0 7 0 0 76
12Andy Otten 8 6 14 5 2 0 0 5 0 0 73
13Myles Poholke 7 5 12 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 60
14Josh Jenkins 6 2 8 0 1 3 3 9 1 0 59
15Tom Lynch 6 9 15 1 0 0 2 4 1 1 56
16Daniel Talia 9 5 14 3 0 0 2 4 0 0 56
17Jordan Gallucci 7 1 8 2 0 0 0 6 0 1 54
18Lachlan Murphy 6 2 8 0 0 1 1 6 1 1 51
19Jake Kelly 7 4 11 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 45
20Kyle Hartigan 9 1 10 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 43
21Rory Atkins 7 2 9 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 43
22Darcy Fogarty 6 1 7 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 35

Western Bulldogs

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jack Macrae 12 24 36 2 0 2 0 13 0 0 144
2Toby McLean 10 12 22 3 0 1 1 10 0 0 101
3Marcus Bontempelli 12 16 28 0 0 2 2 7 0 0 92
4Lachie Hunter 14 9 23 2 0 3 0 5 0 1 90
5Bailey Williams 17 7 24 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 89
6Luke Dahlhaus 9 16 25 1 0 1 1 7 0 0 88
7Matthew Suckling 14 5 19 2 0 0 1 6 1 1 86
8Mitch Wallis 7 13 20 0 0 0 2 10 0 0 81
9Jackson Trengove 12 9 21 3 0 3 3 5 0 0 77
10Caleb Daniel 9 8 17 1 0 1 0 6 0 0 71
11Jason Johannisen 11 7 18 2 0 0 0 3 0 3 68
12Easton Wood 14 4 18 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 66
13Ed Richards 10 2 12 1 0 0 1 7 0 1 63
14Tom Boyd 3 6 9 1 23 0 0 4 0 0 63
15Patrick Lipinski 8 6 14 0 0 0 1 7 0 1 62
16Zaine Cordy 12 6 18 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 59
17Jordan Roughead 6 6 12 0 17 1 2 4 0 0 58
18Hayden Crozier 8 10 18 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 58
19Josh Dunkley 6 6 12 3 0 0 1 5 0 1 57
20Lukas Webb 6 8 14 0 0 1 1 3 1 1 51
21Billy Gowers 7 2 9 2 0 0 1 4 0 1 45
22Bailey Dale 5 4 9 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 20

Team Lineups

Western Bulldogs

B

  • Matthew Suckling,
  • Jackson Trengove,
  • Hayden Crozier

HB

  • Bailey Williams,
  • Zaine Cordy,
  • Easton Wood

C

  • Jason Johannisen,
  • Marcus Bontempelli,
  • Lachie Hunter

HF

  • Caleb Daniel,
  • Billy Gowers,
  • Lukas Webb

F

  • Luke Dahlhaus,
  • Tom Boyd,
  • Bailey Dale

Fol

  • Jordan Roughead,
  • Toby McLean,
  • Jack Macrae

I/C

  • Mitch Wallis,
  • Josh Dunkley,
  • Ed Richards,
  • Patrick Lipinski

No Late Change

In

  • Jackson Trengove,
  • Easton Wood,
  • Jordan Roughead

Out

  • Aaron Naughton (Injured),
  • Lewis Young (Omitted),
  • Mitch Honeychurch (Omitted)

Milestones:

  • Matthew Suckling  - Played 150th game

Last updated: 10:17PM Friday, May 18, 2018