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Adelaide to take 'calculated' approach to selection

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Rory Sloane of the Crows addresses his team mates in a huddle before the bounce during the 2019 AFL round 07 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval on May 05, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Matt Turner/AFL Photos)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Rory Sloane of the Crows addresses his team mates in a huddle before the bounce during the 2019 AFL round 07 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval on May 05, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Matt Turner/AFL Photos)

Crows senior assistant coach Scott Camporeale says Adelaide’s match committee will take a calculated approach to selection this week ahead of Saturday night’s clash with the Suns.

Speaking to media at Adelaide Airport on Wednesday morning, Camporeale said it was the coaches’ job to take emotion out of the selection process.

“It’s easy to be emotional about it - that’s why we’re in the positions that we are to make sure we’re consistent with our message and take the emotion out of it,” Camporeale said.

“We’re all disappointed, especially in a Showdown, but we’ll make a calculated decision on that [selection].”

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Camporeale said there were plenty of learnings to take out of the side’s disappointing loss to Port Adelaide on Saturday.

“If we look at it across the season, we’ve been really good in that area [midfield] - sitting top four/top five in terms of clearances and scores for and against,” he said.

“Those things are important to us absolutely, but Port to their credit are number one in the comp and they showed why they are on the weekend.

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Camporeale said he was confident it was a “one-off” performance.

“We played against GWS who are supposed to be the best running team in the competition and we handled them okay,” he said.

“We didn’t have our best second half, that’s the reality.”

As the team prepared to travel to the Gold Coast, Camporeale confirmed the Club would take a 28-man squad to the east coast.

“We’ll take about 28 guys up there, we’ll do some match simulation and (our) main session” Camporeale said.

“Obviously if there’s any injuries up there, we won’t take any risks with those guys.

“It [seelection] is about finding the balance and that group dynamic.”

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Young Crows Tyson Stengle, Ben Davis, Elliott Himmelberg and Riley Knight were among the travelling 28, along with veterans Sam Jacobs and Andy Otten.

Adelaide’s team will be announced on Thursday at 5.55pm ACST.