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Adelaide's mid-year report

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: Don Pyke, Senior Coach of the Crows during the 2016 AFL Round 04 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Sydney Swans at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on April 16, 2016. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)
Don Pyke

With the season almost at its halfway mark, AFL Media reporters have handed out a mid-year report card for every club.

Visit AFL.com.au to read their take on every club's season so far.

What's worked: The three-headed monster of a forward line featuring Josh Jenkins, Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts. Between them, they've kicked 89 goals, and the Crows are the highest-scoring team in the competition.

Who haven't we seen enough of yet: Brad Crouch. Sent back to the SANFL after some quiet performances, Crouch has been racking up the possessions in the reserves and pushing his claims for a recall.

Indispensable: Daniel Talia. Tasked with shutting down the opposition's premier key forward every week. Rediscovering his All Australian form of 2014.

Coach score: Don Pyke has done an admirable job in his first season in charge and navigating through the toughest schedule in the competition. Has the Crows playing an attractive, attacking brand of football. Opens up the chance of errors, but the positives outweigh the negatives. 8/10

Big improver: Charlie Cameron. Worked well in attack alongside fellow small forwards Eddie Betts and Wayne Milera. Applies great defensive pressure and found his role in the side.

Didn't see that coming: Made a statement with a dominant victory against a red-hot Greater Western Sydney side that was on a six-game winning streak, including beating Hawthorn and Geelong.

Non-negotiable: Continue to attack out of the back half and move the ball through the corridor at the first opportunity. Give the Crows' potent forward line quick ball and they'll take care of the rest.

Pass mark for the rest of the year: With the toughest part of their draw out of the way, and only four of their final 11 games against top-eight sides, the Crows should be aiming for the top four, or at worst, a home final in week one of September action.

Defender Daniel Talia has been in All Australian form this season. Photo: AFL Media

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs