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On this day: Crows draw

Tony Hall of the Crows lines up to kick during the 1994 round 14 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Adelaide Crows.
Tony Hall was one of Adelaide's best in the draw with St Kilda in June 1994.

It is 20 years since Adelaide’s first and only draw in its AFL history.

But despite the game featuring a brave last term revival, the timing of the result is remembered more for its impact on the Crows’ 1994 faltering season.

Adelaide, battling to stay in touch with the top eight, travelled to Melbourne to take on lowly St Kilda at Waverley Park needing the four premiership points.

It would take home two points - but it could have been none.

At three quarter time, the Crows trailed by 29 points on a wet day. Somehow Adelaide was able to kick 4.5 in the dramatic final term while holding St Kilda scoreless for a final score of 11-13 (79) to 12-7 (79).

There were no post-match celebrations in Adelaide’s rooms, however, with coach Graham Cornes telling the media he was left with a “hollow feeling”.

Adelaide’s recovery was sparked by ruckman Shaun Rehn, who had 30 disposals, 21 hit outs, took 15 marks and kicked the first goal of the last quarter.

Losses to Richmond and Carlton in the following two rounds increased the pressure and then another three consecutive losses later in the season confirmed the slide leading to the end of Cornes’ coaching stint.

June 25 1994, the scoreboard

Adelaide   2.2  4.6   7.8   11.13 (79)

St Kilda     2.5  7.6  12.7  12.7 (79)

Crows best: Rehn, Hart, Ricciuto, Jameson, A. Jarman, Hall.

Crows goals: Modra, Ricciuto, Weidemann 2, Hall, McGuinness, Brown, Hart, Rehn 1.

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