Adelaide captain Rory Sloane says coverage of the Tokyo Olympics helped keep the Crows entertained during their Melbourne isolation. 

With the games starting halfway through Adelaide’s two-week stint in a Melbourne hub, they provided the perfect viewing for players. 

“It came at the right moment for us, we were isolated in a hotel so we put it on the big screen,” Sloane said. 

The skipper said he loved watching the Aussies take on the swimming and was “shattered” for the Matildas after their heartbreaking loss to Sweden on Monday. 

But one moment in particular pulled on Sloane’s heartstrings. 

“Jess Fox winning gold, how good was that. I felt so emotional for her because it would’ve been so much pressure… that was incredible,” Sloane said. 

The Crows captain hoped that Olympic spirit would inspire his side ahead of a high-pressure Showdown 50 at Adelaide Oval. 

“It’s finals-like pressure… so our pressure’s gotta be on,” Sloane said. 

‘We’re just focused on bringing the heat, bringing the energy…. and finishing this year off in a really positive way, because we know that helped us last year coming into this preseason.

“(Hopefully) it’s the Showdown that gets us kickstarted again, but to bring that (pressure) for the last three weeks will be something we aspire to.”

Adelaide will take on Port Adelaide in the Round 21 Showdown at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, August 7, with first bounce at 7.10pm.