Adelaide captain Rory Sloane has described the feeling after Tuesday’s 35-point win over Hawthorn as a mix of relief and excitement.
The Crows registered their first win of the season in front of an ‘away’ crowd at Adelaide Oval.
Sloane said the final siren was a different feeling among the group.
“Lots of young guys were really excited, (for) the senior boys (it was) more relief,” Sloane told Triple M’s The Rush Hour.
“I’m pretty proud as well of the way the guys stuck at it… we haven’t wavered in what we’ve wanted to achieve.
“The last month has been some solid footy, it was nice to string together a full game last night.”
Sloane hailed regularity in the midfield as a key component in the four-quarter performance.
Led by the Crouch brothers, Adelaide won most of the key indicators including contested possessions (+25), inside 50s (+11) and clearances (+3).
“Bringing Brad Crouch back in certainly helped us,” he said.
“Matt, Brad, Lairdy, myself… Chayce and Keaysy on the outside.
“It was a more settled group, not too many changes, which has been nice.”
Following the game, Sloane caught up with coach Matthew Nicks to reflect on the win.
“Had a couple of beers with him last night, chewed the fat and relaxed,” Sloane said.
“He enjoyed that performance.
“We want to finish the season off well (and) we’ve got three games to catapult us into 2021.”
You can catch the full Sloane chat on Triple M at 5.30pm.