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Tom Doedee in action against West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium

Tom Doedee in action against West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium

Adelaide has overhauled West Adelaide off the back of an inspired second half to win by 36 points at City Mazda Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The SANFL Crows piled on 14 goals to the Bloods’ three majors after half-time to snap a three-game losing streak and leave West Adelaide without a win on the bottom of the SANFL ladder.

Adelaide conceded the first four goals of the game and trailed by as much as 27-points before storming back into the match in the third term.

The Crows then held the home side goalless in a one-sided final quarter to finish comfortable 16.10 (106) to 10.10 (70) winners.

The result continued Adelaide’s recent dominance over West Adelaide. The SANFL Crows have now won their past four matches against the Bloods.

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Key forward Josh Jenkins overcame a slow start to kick a game-high four goals in his first state league outing in more than four years. The 28-year-old, who also spent time in the ruck, got better as the match wore on, earning 12 hit-outs, seven marks and laying four tackles.

Harrison Wigg continued his prolific start to the SANFL season and amassed a career-best 38 possessions against the Bloods. It was a complete performance from the skilful left-footer, who also finished with 13 clearances, nine inside 50ms and five tackles as he hunts an AFL berth.

Ruckman Reilly O’Brien dominated in the air and around the ground, recording a personal best 51 hit-outs along with six clearances and a goal, while young defender Tom Doedee was back to his high-flying best with nine marks and a host of intercepts among his 19 possessions.

West Adelaide premiership player Jonathon Beech was influential with his 23-possession performance against his former side which included an amazing Mark of the Year contender.

Not to be outdone, ruckman/forward Paul Hunter dobbed an incredible major from the boundary line during the third term which is sure to earn a Goal of the Year nomination.

Development player Matthew Leigh relished his newfound freedom up forward to boot a career-best three goals against his junior club, while veteran Scott Thompson continues to build his way back into form after collecting 30 disposals and 13 clearances.

Crows SANFL coach Ryan O'Keefe put it on his players to respond after Adelaide's sluggish start to the match.

"It was a game of two halves," O'Keefe said.

"They showed us how to play in the first half. I challenged the boys at half-time and to their credit they responded which showed great maturity for such a young group.

"It just came down to our intensity and our effort. In that second half the guys played with more energy and started winning the contested ball and started hitting all our key markers.

"The challenge for these guys is to back it up and do it week-in, week-out now."

Adelaide jumped into sixth place on the SANFL ladder following the result and confronts seventh-placed North Adelaide at Prospect next Saturday afternoon.

            1.5   2.7   9.10   16.10 (106)
WEST ADELAIDE   4.2   7.4   10.7   10.10 (70)

Jenkins 4, Leigh 3, Hunter 2, Keath 2, Beech 2, Jarman, Hill, O’Brien
West Adelaide:
Middleton 3, Webb, Rankine, Bates, Stevens, Carger, Turner, Stevens

Adelaide: Wigg, O’Brien, Doedee, Beech, Thompson, Hunter, Leigh
West Adelaide: Bates, Schmidt, Webb, Middleton, Stevens, Favretto

Adelaide: Nil
West Adelaide: Nil