Adelaide overcame a plucky Woodville-West Torrens side to win by 33 points at Woodville Oval in a blockbuster Friday night game.

Swinging momentum 

Adelaide had to work hard for the win after the Eagles fought their way back into the game during the third quarter.

The Crows' 23-point half-time lead was cut to just one at three-quarter time with Daniel Menzel leading the hosts' comeback.

But the visitors responded with a five-goal final term, while holding the Eagles to one point.

The Crows' fourth-quarter surge was spurred on by two quick goals from Tariek Newchurch. 

“The third quarter was disappointing," Adelaide SANFL Senior Coach Michael Godden said.

"I feel that we broke our structure, they attacked the game pretty well and put us on the back foot.

“They raised their fight and we couldn’t go with them at that point but I was proud of the players because those games can go either way.

“It is really important that when you are developing individuals that at times they’ve got to learn how to fight their way through certain things.

"We as coaches didn’t do much it was more about those guys just having to find a way to finish off that last quarter.”

O’Brien's big night 

Reilly O’Brien enjoyed a solid night with 42 hit-outs but it was his work around the ground and effort that impressed the coach.

“He was dominant all over the ground,” Godden said.

“(O'Brien) came back after a couple of quieter weeks at AFL level but the most important thing you want to see is really good attitude and the willingness to compete and that’s what we saw.” 

O’Brien finished the game with 37 disposals, 11 marks, 13 clearances and six inside 50’s.

Midfield dominance

Matt Crouch was strong in the midfield, asserting his dominance from the opening bounce, to finish with 35 disposals and seven clearances.

Crouch was well supported by Harry Schoenberg, who collected 29 disposals, while Luke Pedlar also starred with 22 touches and seven tackles. 

“I thought Matt was really strong all night," Godden said.

"Schoenberg has been working hard on certain areas of his game.

“Pedlar has had an up and down season from a consistency point of view because he has been the sub and in and out a little bit, so to get a consistent game on-ball for him was really good for his development.”

Milera's versatility 

Wayne Milera showed his versatility, spending some time up forward against the Eagles.

Milera ended the game with a game-high 10 inside 50’s.

“There are just some things that we are looking for in his game that we want to see a little bit more of and he was able to do that from forward,” said Godden.

“When he had the ball in hand he looked really classy, laid some nice tackles, it was a huge step forward for Wayne.”

Milera capped off an impressive night with 20 disposals and two tackles.

Skipper's impact

Adelaide SANFL captain Matthew Wright returned to the side after missing the past few weeks and it was a welcomed sight. 

The small forward was able to create plenty of opportunities, booting three goals and collecting 16 disposals.

“He is just a super classy player, Wrighty," Godden said.

"He leads from the front and just finds a way to score goals and some of them are quite miraculous.

“He is a crafty old fella, he can find the space and gets his boot to the ball.”

Adelaide takes on Norwood at Norwood Oval in another Friday night blockbuster next week, with the first bounce at 7.40pm.

ADELAIDE:  5.3  8.10  10.12  15.15 (106)
WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS:  2.3  5.5  11.5  11.7 (73)


Adelaide: Wright 3, Himmelberg, Boyle, Newchurch 2, Gollant, Taylor, Smithson, O’Brien, Hall, Cook.
Woodville-West Torrens: D.Menzel 5, Sinor, Comitogianni, Goldsworthy, Pudney, T.Menzel, Hardie.