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SANFL Preview: Crows v Tigers

Young defender Tom Doedee has been in strong form for the SANFL Crows

A spot inside the top five is the prize for the winner of Saturday’s clash between the SANFL Crows and Glenelg. Adelaide currently holds fifth place on the SANFL ladder by mere percentage ahead of the Tigers, who edged out West Adelaide by four points last week in a thriller at home. It’s tight at the top behind ladder leaders the Eagles, with Port Adelaide, Norwood and South Adelaide all locked on five wins apiece just ahead of the SANFL Crows. After two wins on the trot, Adelaide will be eager to continue its winning momentum as the second half of the season fast approaches.

Drawn: 1

WHERE AND WHEN: Gliderol Stadium, Saturday, June 3, 2.40pm ACST
BROADCAST INFO: Live in SA on Channel Seven. Coverage begins from 2.30pm ACST

R16, 2016, Glenelg 15.11 (101) d Adelaide 12.10 (82) at Gliderol Stadium
R5, 2016, Glenelg 13.8 (86) d by Adelaide 17.14 (116) at Gliderol Stadium
R19, 2015, Glenelg 13.10 (88) d by Adelaide 24.10 (154) at Gliderol Stadium
R4, 2015, Glenelg 7.9 (51) d with Adelaide 7.9 (51) at Gliderol Stadium
R16, 2014 Glenelg 13.8 (86) d by Adelaide 15.12 (102) at Gliderol Stadium

More Crows SANFL news

The SANFL Crows lost to Glenelg by 19 points the last time the two teams met in Round 16 last season. Jono Beech and Mitch Grigg kicked three goals each for Adelaide while Cam Ellis-Yolmen had a match-high 32 possessions.

2. Left-footer Harrison Wigg is second in the SANFL for handball receives (82) despite missing one match serving as Adelaide’s senior emergency. Woodville-West Torrens’ Jarred Allmond (85) leads the League in the statistic.

3. Only .08 per cent separates the two clubs on the SANFL ladder after seven rounds.

4. Glenelg has already had its fair share of heart-stoppers this season. Three of the Bays’ seven games have been decided by five points or less, including last round’s four-point win over the Bloods.

5. Two of the League’s in-form ruckmen will go head-to-head on Saturday. Reilly O’Brien leads the SANFL for hit-outs (93) and is second for taps to advantage (29) over the past two rounds. Glenelg’s Warrick McGinty is also top three in both statistics through the past fortnight.

6. Adelaide’s only SANFL draw was against the Tigers in Round Four of Season 2015. A power failure in the area caused an abrupt ending to the match with scores locked at 7.9 (51) apiece.

IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR… Kyle Cheney
Cheney was outstanding alongside untried youngster Tom Doedee in Adelaide’s strong win over North Adelaide last week. The 27-year-old backed himself in the air and provided much-needed leadership for Adelaide’s young SANFL defence. After an injury-interrupted pre-season, the experienced backman is building some solid SANFL form and could come into selection consideration for the Club’s senior side sooner rather than later.

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