Jamie Kloeden reporting for AFANA from Adelaide, Australia
After a disappointing loss to North Melbourne last week, the Adelaide Crows returned home to face a young Richmond side that has shown plenty of positive signs this year but really needed another win to show that they deserve to be in the Finals mix this year. The first quarter certainly didn’t follow Brenton Sanderson’s script. The Crows coach would have been expecting his side to come out with all guns blazing following their lackluster effort the previous week but it was the Tigers that looked like the team to beat early. Jack Riewoldt was dominating up forward and had the usually unflappable Ben Rutten playing catch up all quarter. The young forward had three goals on the board at quarter time leading his team to an amazing 33 point lead at the first break after restricting the Crows to just three goals of their own.
It was a different looking Adelaide team that got things started in the second quarter as they suddenly looked like the dominant team and started to make quick work of clawing back at the deficit. Taylor Walker was doing a Jack Riewoldt impression and soon into the quarter had three goals of his own. With time still left before half time the Tigers' lead had been trimmed back to eight points. Another Richmond goal saw their lead at half time sit at 15 points to set up an intriguing second half. Sam Jacobs and his former teammate Ivan Maric were having a great battle in the ruck contests and in the Tigers' forward line, Riewoldt was being well held by up and coming defender Daniel Tahlia who replaced Rutten on the Coleman Medalist. Scott Thompson was back to his best again after a down game last week and Tigers' stars Brett Deledio and Dustin Martin were both dominating and showing why the future is looking bright for the fans down at Tigerland.
Scoring became tough for both teams in the third quarter as a total of just four goals were scored. In bad news for those Tigerland fans, three of the goals were scored by the Crows and at three quarter time just five points separated the teams. With both substitutes activated at half time, there were no fresh legs to be injected into the play for either side. More importantly perhaps for the Tigers, it was livewire Jake King that was replaced by the sub leaving them without one of their best forward options when goalscoring was becoming increasingly difficult.
Final quarter action saw more of the same. Richmond was unable to make any real impact on the scoreboard while the Crows kept making the most of their opportunities. After kicking three consecutive goals to begin the quarter, they found themselves in front. When Jason Porplyzia finished the day with the sealer it ended up being a 19 point victory for the Crows with Richmond players surely thinking of this game as the one that got away.
Taylor Walker was the leading goalkicker on the ground with five while Jack Riewoldt didn’t kick a goal after quarter time but still led the Tigers, along with Dustin Martin, with three.
Looking ahead to Round 15, Adelaide face cross town rivals Port Adelaide in the Showdown at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night while the Tigers will look to regroup when they take on Melbourne at the MCG in the afternoon game.
Scoreboard Adelaide: 3.0 8.1 11.2 17.4 (106) Richmond: 8.3 10.4 11.7 13.9 (87) Best Players Adelaide: Thompson, Jacobs, Walker, Dangerfield, Porplyzia, Tahlia Richmond: Deledio, Martin, Tuck, Maric, Jackson, Cotchin
Article last changed on Monday, July 09, 2012 - 7:59 PM EDT