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February 12, 2016 3:37 PM

Jono Beech impressed on Friday

Jono Beech impressed on Friday

It was especially pleasing to see some of our first and second-year players perform well today

The Crows have completed their final competitive hit-out before the NAB Challenge.

The Adelaide squad was split into two even teams for match simulation at training on Friday.

A number of young players impressed during the hit-out in warm conditions at AAMI Stadium.

Second-year forward Mitch McGovern finished with four goals to be the leading scorer. Captain Taylor Walker and his lookalike Keenan Ramsey each kicked two goals on opposing teams, while midfielders Richard Douglas and Rory Atkins also slotted two goals apiece.

Rookie Jono Beech presented strongly in the attacking half, while Kyle Cheney and Jake Lever were strong in defence. Midfielders Scott Thompson, Brad Crouch, Matt Crouch and Cam Ellis-Yolmen won some nice clearances, working at the feet of Sam Jacobs, Reilly O’Brien, Luke Lowden and also rookie Paul Hunter.

Recruits Paul Seedsman and Troy Menzel, and untried left-footer Harrison Wigg also showed off their neat kicking skills.

See all the photos from Friday's session

Crows Head of Football David Noble said the coaching staff were happy with the session.

“It was good for the boys to have another solid hit-out before the start of the NAB Challenge next week,” Noble said.

“It’s always a bit hard to judge when you’re playing against yourselves, but we saw some things we really liked as well as some areas we still need to improve on over the coming month.

“It was especially pleasing to see some of our first and second-year players perform well today.”

The Crows will kick off their NAB Challenge campaign against West Coast at Unley Oval on Sunday, February 21. 

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