Adelaide forward Taylor Walker said the Crows weren’t thrown by a fly-in, fly-out travel day to take on Carlton in Melbourne.
Due to Covid-19 concerns on Sunday, the team’s flight to Melbourne was delayed at Adelaide Airport for just over an hour.
This meant a late arrival to Marvel Stadium, but Walker told Triple M’s Roo & Ditts that didn’t affect Adelaide’s preparation.
“We got delayed a little bit, but all good,” Walker said.
“We were supposed to have an hour and a half to have some lunch before we went down to the rooms so we lost that… but we had some lunch down in the rooms and continued on.”
It was all hands on deck to get the rooms ready before the clash, with players and coaches chipping in to set up.
While Walker conceded Adelaide’s 10-point loss was disappointing, he said the young side’s ability to get on with the job was commendable.
“Obviously not the result we wanted but what keeps coming to the surface… when we’re challenged, the character of our young kids has been outstanding,” Walker said.
Senior Coach Matthew Nicks said he was proud of his side’s can-do attitude when it came to the uncertainty of Covid-19.
“As a coaching group we do our best to send out a positive vibe,” Nicks told AFL 360 on Monday.
"Even if we are not feeling the best, we are making sure our boys have no excuses at that moment.
“To be honest, our young group handled it pretty well. We got to the ground with plenty of time, we were well organised, we knew that it would be something a little bit different.”