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Lee Gaskin, AFL Media  March 5, 2017 7:01 PM

Don Pyke Post-Match: JLT 2 Watch Don Pyke's post match press conference in full
Curtly has got some positive signs as a midfielder and he's going to get better from here

Adelaide coach Don Pyke saw enough from the Club's first-round draft pick Jordan Gallucci to justify why he was so highly rated.

The 18-year-old midfielder had some important touches when the game was up for grabs in his side's thrilling six-point win against Geelong in the JLT Community Series at Richmond Oval on Sunday.

Gallucci had five of his nine possessions in the final quarter as the Crows were able to hang on after having a 28-point lead at three-quarter time. It was his first hit-out for the Crows after he was left out of the side which played Richmond in its pre-season opener last weekend.

"I thought he did some really good things," Pyke said.

"He'll be so much better for the experience of it because he knows what it's like. It's probably the first time he's played in open company, so he showed why we drafted him."

Match report: JLT 2 v Geelong

The Crows selected the Vic Metro co-captain with the 15th pick overall at the 2016 NAB AFL Draft. Gallucci will be in the mix for the Crows for their season-opener against premiership favourites Greater Western Sydney.

Midfield trio Rory Sloane, Scott Thompson and Brad Crouch are all racing the clock to be fit for the clash with the Giants and won't play any part in the pre-season competition.

Curtly Hampton continued to push his claims for a Round One berth, picking up 17 possessions in the midfield and across half-forward. Hampton also spent time running with Geelong captain Joel Selwood, who finished with 17 touches.

"Curtly has got some positive signs as a midfielder and he's going to get better from here," Pyke said.

"Each week he'll get a different challenge in there, he's learning the running patterns, he's learning the stoppage stuff. He's had two games in the midfield, I’d like to think in five games time he'll be better again and in 10 games time he'll be better again."

The only injury concern for the undermanned Crows was a concussion to young midfielder Dean Gore, who copped a hit from Nakia Cockatoo early in the fourth quarter.

"We're going to have to assess Dean," Pyke said.

"It might look like he might have some concussion, so we'll monitor him tonight and through the week and we'll see how he pulls up."