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Laird's return to Fantasy form

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Rory Laird of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL round 04 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Essendon Bombers at the Adelaide Oval on April 15, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)
Rory Laird

AFL Fantasy form was all around, as the Crows put on a strong team display against the Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

It’s the second time this year Adelaide has had eight players crack the Fantasy ton, the first instance occurring in similar fashion as Adelaide dismantled Fremantle in the wet in Round 10.

This time around the narrative stayed the same, but it was a different face leading the cast.

While Rory Sloane starred in Round 10, it was his namesake Rory Laird that reigned supreme, leading the Crows with a team-high 135 Fantasy points.

Laird had 32 disposals, 12 marks and five rebound 50ms in a performance akin to his stellar early season form.

It’s the ninth time he’s reached triple Fantasy figures this season, now averaging 102.1 points a game.

Josh Jenkins and Brad Crouch followed with 111 points each.

Jenkins (111) booted a game-high four goals and also collected 15 disposals and took 11 marks in the process.

Priced at $370,000 in Round 13, his value has soared by $135,000 in the last month to now sit at $505,000 – largely due to the forward notching season-highs in marks, goals and tackles in the past two weeks.

It was business as usual for Brad Crouch (111), who had 24 disposals, seven tackles and slotted a goal of his own.

It’s the third week in a row the midfielder has reached triple figures, edging out his younger brother this week by just one point.

Matt Crouch (110) was influential in Adelaide’s engine room, collecting 32 touches (12 contested) while operating at an excellent 81.3 per cent disposal efficiency.

Rory Sloane (105) followed with 24 disposals, eight tackles and eight inside 50ms.

It was a welcome return to form for Sloane, who re-joined the 100 club for the first time since Round 10 after notching five tons in the first six rounds of the season.

Jake Kelly (103) recorded a season-high Fantasy score off the back of a season-high in tackles with nine.

Rory Atkins (102) and Jake Lever (101) rounded out the eight, the pair combining for 13 rebound 50ms.

It’s just the second-time Lever has topped 100 points this season, now valued at $417,000 after beginning the season priced at $367,000.


Rory Laird DEF 135
Josh Jenkins FWD 111
Brad Crouch MID 111
Matt Crouch MID 110
Rory Sloane MID 105
Jake Kelly DEF 103
Rory Atkins MID 102
Jake Lever DEF 101
Taylor Walker FWD 98
Andy Otten DEF/FWD 88
Riley Knight FWD 87
David Mackay MID 85
Brodie Smith DEF/MID 80
Sam Jacobs RUC 77
Mitch McGovern FWD 75
Luke Brown DEF 69
Daniel Talia DEF 68
Richard Douglas MID/FWD 67
Eddie Betts FWD 59
Wayne Milera FWD 52
Scott Thompson MID 33
Charlie Cameron FWD 33
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