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Crows plans come off in Darwin

Kieron Turner  July 16, 2017 12:08 PM

AFL 2017 Round 17 - Melbourne v Adelaide

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Eddie Betts of the Crows celebrates during the 2017 AFL round 17 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows at TIO Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

We probably didn't adapt well enough against Melbourne the first time but this time we had a plan (to counter them) so I thought we did that well.

Following a disappointing loss to Melbourne in Round Eight, a resolute Adelaide side has extracted a slice of revenge over the Demons with a 46-point win at Darwin’s TIO Stadium.

Melbourne looked to replicate their recipe to success from the May 13 clash at Adelaide Oval, including starting multiple extras behind the ball.

However, Don Pyke’s men were able to counter the Demons game plan with calculated changes to their own structures, setting up the victory with a blistering seven-goal-to-one opening quarter.

“We probably didn't adapt well enough against Melbourne the first time but this time we had a plan (to counter them) so I thought we did that well,” forward Eddie Betts told afc.com.au.

“I think we scored four or five goals from centre bounces which was fantastic and we were proud the way we started the game. We always want to start the game well and we ended up kicking seven goals to one.”

After leading by 47 points early in the third term, Melbourne cut the margin to 22 points at three-quarter time on the back of four consecutive goals, including three in six minutes capped with Jayden Hunt’s 65-metre torpedo after the siren.

With the Demons surging and carrying all the momentum heading into the last quarter, the Crows leaders stood up in the final stanza, with Betts, captain Taylor Walker and Tom Lynch combining for five goals to carry their side to victory.

“We were a bit disappointed in the finish to our third quarter. We just dropped away in our fundamentals and they ended up kicking four goals, one after the siren which was a torpedo which was unlucky (for us),” Betts said.

“We knew what we had to do in the last quarter. Come out and put the heat on, kick the first goal and keep going and that’s what we did. It’s great to get a win on the road.”

Adelaide’s attention quickly shifts to a blockbuster one-v-two clash with Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

Both teams have key midfield personnel in doubt, with Rory Sloane needing to pass concussion testing during the week, while Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield suffered a foot injury against Hawthorn on Saturday. 

“It’s all about recovery now. Get back to Adelaide, a very short week, get ready for Geelong,” Betts said.

"Friday night, there’s no bigger stage than that. I think Geelong’s second on the ladder now and we’re first, so it’s going to be a blockbuster sellout next week.

“Hopefully Rory can do everything to get himself up because it’ll be a great battle, especially if he comes up against ‘Danger’.”