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Adelaide Crows' finals hopes live on

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Crows beat flat Roos

Adelaide has overrun a flat North Melbourne side winning by 36 points at Adelaide Oval.

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ADELAIDE 4.4 8.7 13.10 16.13 (109) NORTH MELBOURNE 1.2 4.3 6.7 10.13 (73)
Goals: Adelaide: S Kerridge 4 E Betts 3 J Jenkins 2 J Podsiadly 2 T Walker 2 B Smith D Mackay M Wright. North Melbourne: L Thomas 4 B Harvey 2 D Petrie L Greenwood L Hansen R Bastinac.
BEST Adelaide: Smith, Sloane, Kerridge, Jacobs, Mackay, Talia. North Melbourne: Greenwood, Swallow, Dal Santo, Harvey, Thomas, Goldstein.
Umpires: Brett Rosebury, Jordan Bannister, Craig Fleer.
Official Crowd: 47,205 at Adelaide Oval.

The Grim Reaper lurked around the corner at Adelaide Oval on Saturday  night expecting to leave with the Crows, but amazingly their finals pulse was still there – albeit barely – after beating North Melbourne.

Again squaring the ledger at 6-6, and confronting an equally hot-and-cold opponent, Adelaide still believes in miracles while the Kangaroos may not feel the fall-out from this loss until later given  that only two of their remaining 10 home-and-away games are against sides above them on the ladder – Hawthorn and Geelong.

Scott Thompson of the Crows competes for the ball with Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos. Click for more photos

AFL Round 13 Adelaide vs North Melbourne at Adelaide Oval.

AFL Round 13 Adelaide 16-13-109 defeated North Melbourne 10-13-73 by 36 points at Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images

Time
Q4 30:37
Team
AFC
Score
16.13.109
Team
NMFC
Score
10.13.73
Adelaide versus North Melbourne
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Players Kerridge (4.0), Betts (3.1), Podsiadly (2.1), Walker (2.1), Jenkins (2.0), Mackay (1.0), Smith (1.0), Wright (1.0), Martin (0.4), Douglas (0.1) Scorers Thomas (4.1), Harvey (2.3), Greenwood (1.1), Petrie (1.1), Bastinac (1.0), Hansen (1.0), Adams (0.2), Cunnington (0.1), Nahas (0.1)

As much as few have anticipated North’s top-four rise, it was a genuine possibility. It emphasised the pressure on both sides, and for the Crows to turn up with their better form was heartening for their often disillusioned fans.

Inspired by Brent Reilly’s delayed 200th AFL appearance, and again fearing defeat, Adelaide produced a workmanlike performance based on hard tackling, for most part more intelligent deliveries, and certainly far fewer ball-handling errors.

 North began brilliantly, but missed two set shots in the opening two minutes, allowing Adelaide to steady and seize its share of luck, none better than an inspiring goal by Eddie Betts from deep in the right forward pocket from an out-of-bounds position.

Got it: Adelaide's Eddie Betts wins the ball.

Got it: Adelaide's Eddie Betts wins the ball. Photo: Getty Images

There was also the genuine gem from James Podsiadly of which his former Cats teammate Steve Johnson would have been proud, and the general production from quality teamwork.

However, the Crows were also able to goal from uncontested marks with opponents standing within metres, from foolish free kicks such as  the one that allowed Betts to kick his third after the half-time siren and take the shine off a mini-revival by the Kangaroos, and from overall poor checking.  It was all about self-imposed pressure, and as much as  both sides could be condemned for their inconsistency this season, their eagerness to rush the play while fearing mistakes  smacked of desperation. 

Adelaide led by 40 points 12 minutes into the second term, yet it never really looked comfortable. When a dubious umpiring decision – and there were plenty affecting both sides – gave Lachie Hansen an easy goal there was almost an air of panic suddenly sweeping the stadium.

Adelaide led by 28 points at half-time, but with 33 to 19 inside-50 entries the equation on the scoreboard should have been far better. A goal to creative Roo Lindsay Thomas – his third – two minutes into the third quarter prompted screen messages to Crows fans to make some noise. Suddenly uncertainty started to creep into Adelaide’s game.

A key factor was that North had so many usually top-performers down on form, especially Drew Petrie, who had the first shot at goal in the match and did not get another possession until after half-time due to outstanding defensive work by Adelaide’s Daniel Talia.

The challenge was for both sides to lift, especially through their leaders, and obviously Adelaide had more who were able to complete the mission.

After a slow start, Brent Harvey lifted the Kangaroos enormously with his tenacity and brilliance  and Levi Greenwood and Andrew Swallow were also resilient, but not enough teammates followed.

Perhaps the most underrated in this Adelaide line-up most weeks is half-back Brodie Smith – although Carlton coach Michael Malthouse was astute enough to have him tagged – and on Saturday night his impact was again great without  receiving enough respect.

It was Smith’s goal that stemmed the North tide, and followed-up by Josh Jenkins, who for most part had been relatively ineffective. Sam Kerridge, who kicked six goals against the Kangaroos in round nine last year, was another who got under their guard again, and his unlikely three-goal third-term was basically the knock-out punch.

The duel between the biggest men – Adelaide’s Sam Jacobs and North’s Todd Goldstein – was absorbing at the centre bounces where their onballers thrived in an equally tough battle, but it was Jacobs’ play around the ground that proved most effective.

Overall, the will-to-win could not be questioned by either side, but the decision-making and a fall in skill level under pressure – particularly from North Melbourne – was not that of a genuine finals contender, as reflected on the premiership ladder. For Adelaide, the dream lives on; the Grim Reaper will wait – for now.

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AFL 2015

Round 1
Thu, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
CAR 78 vs RIC 105 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL 115 vs GCF 89 Stats
SYD 72 vs ESS 60 Stats
BRI 74 vs COL 86 Stats
WBU 97 vs WCE 87 Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 78 vs GWS 87 Stats
ADE 140 vs NTH 63 Stats
FRE 75 vs PTA 68 Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 123 vs GEE 61 Stats
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Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE 131 vs CAR 62 Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 66 vs WBU 85 Report Stats
GWS 101 vs MEL 56 Stats
COL 63 vs ADE 90 Report Stats
GCF 76 vs STK 104 Stats
PTA 44 vs SYD 92 Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 60 vs FRE 104 Stats
ESS 78 vs HAW 76 Stats
NTH 133 vs BRI 51 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 140 vs STK 66 Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 84 vs ESS 105 Stats
ADE 80 vs MEL 55 Stats
SYD 111 vs GWS 90 Report Stats
NTH 105 vs PTA 113 Stats
BRI 58 vs RIC 137 Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 127 vs WBU 57 Stats
GEE 105 vs GCF 96 Stats
WCE 81 vs FRE 111 Stats
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Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51 vs MEL 83 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 81 vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
ESS 49 vs COL 69 Report Stats
GWS 119 vs GCF 53 Stats
PTA 99 vs HAW 91 Stats
FRE 74 vs SYD 60 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 65 vs WCE 118 Stats
GEE 67 vs NTH 83 Stats
WBU 125 vs ADE 68 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 45 vs COL 120 Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 76 vs GEE 85 Stats
SYD 73 vs WBU 77 Stats
GCF 118 vs BRI 54 Stats
NTH 70 vs HAW 130 Stats
WCE 120 vs GWS 33 Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 50 vs FRE 118 Stats
STK 80 vs ESS 82 Stats
ADE 91 vs PTA 115 Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
COL 59 vs GEE 100 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 109 vs RIC 74 Stats
WBU 87 vs STK 94 Stats
GWS 108 vs HAW 98 Stats
GCF 78 vs ADE 119 Stats
MEL 50 vs SYD 88 Stats
FRE 80 vs ESS 52 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 75 vs BRI 84 Report Stats
PTA 68 vs WCE 78 Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 82 vs NTH 93 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 119 vs STK 73 Stats
HAW 155 vs MEL 50 Stats
CAR 57 vs GWS 135 Stats
SYD 120 vs GEE 77 Stats
WCE 135 vs GCF 43 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
WBU 88 vs FRE 101 Stats
RIC 105 vs COL 100 Report Stats
BRI 102 vs PTA 65 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 140 vs CAR 63 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 78 vs WCE 131 Report Stats
GWS 108 vs ADE 84 Report Stats
GCF 63 vs COL 132 Report Stats
HAW 69 vs SYD 73 Report Stats
FRE 115 vs NTH 42 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 136 vs BRI 78 Report Stats
MEL 103 vs WBU 64 Report Stats
PTA 43 vs RIC 76 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD vs CAR 19:50SCG
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW vs GCF 13:45AS
MEL vs PTA 14:10TIO Traeger Park
WBU vs GWS 16:35ES
RIC vs ESS 19:20MCG
ADE vs FRE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs STK 13:10G
COL vs NTH 15:20MCG
WCE vs GEE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 10
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE vs RIC 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs ADE 13:40MCG
GCF vs SYD 16:35MS
ESS vs GEE 19:20ES
PTA vs WBU 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS vs BRI 13:10Spotless Stadium
NTH vs WCE 15:20BA
STK vs HAW 16:40ES
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL vs COL 15:20MCG
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Round 11
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA vs GEE 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF vs FRE 13:40MS
WCE vs ESS 16:35Domain Stadium
NTH vs SYD 19:20ES
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs GWS 13:10MCG
STK vs MEL 16:40ES
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Round 12
Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE vs HAW 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC vs WCE 19:50MCG
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs PTA 13:40MCG
GWS vs NTH 16:35Spotless Stadium
WBU vs BRI 19:20ES
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE vs MEL 15:20SS
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Round 13
Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE vs COL 20:10Domain Stadium
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs RIC 19:50SCG
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs ESS 13:40MCG
BRI vs ADE 16:35G
STK vs WBU 19:20ES
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs GCF 15:20ES
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Round 14
Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs PTA 19:20SCG
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
COL vs HAW 19:50MCG
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs GWS 13:40MCG
GCF vs NTH 16:35MS
WBU vs CAR 19:20ES
MEL vs WCE 19:40TIO
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs STK 13:10ES
ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
FRE vs BRI 16:40Domain Stadium
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Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA vs COL 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs CAR 19:50MCG
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs MEL 13:40MCG
WBU vs GCF 16:35CAZ
NTH vs GEE 19:20ES
WCE vs ADE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs STK 13:10Spotless Stadium
HAW vs FRE 15:20AS
BRI vs SYD 16:40G
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Round 16
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH vs ESS 19:50ES
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs WBU 13:45SS
GCF vs GWS 14:10MS
COL vs WCE 16:35ES
SYD vs HAW 19:20ANZ
FRE vs CAR 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs BRI 13:10MCG
PTA vs ADE 15:20Adelaide Oval
STK vs RIC 16:40ES
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Round 17
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs GEE 13:45SO
ADE vs GCF 14:10Adelaide Oval
RIC vs FRE 16:35MCG
ESS vs PTA 19:20ES
BRI vs NTH 19:20G
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
WBU vs COL 13:10ES
MEL vs STK 15:20MCG
WCE vs SYD 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 18
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
HAW vs RIC 19:50MCG
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE vs BRI 13:45SS
COL vs MEL 14:10MCG
SYD vs ADE 16:35SCG
CAR vs NTH 19:20ES
GCF vs WCE 19:20MS
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA vs STK 13:10Adelaide Oval
ESS vs WBU 15:20ES
FRE vs GWS 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 19
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE vs RIC 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
WBU vs PTA 14:10ES
BRI vs GCF 16:35G
GEE vs SYD 19:20SS
WCE vs HAW 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL vs NTH 13:10MCG
GWS vs ESS 15:20Spotless Stadium
STK vs FRE 16:40ES
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Round 20
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs COL 19:50SCG
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS vs ADE 13:45ES
NTH vs STK 14:10BA
PTA vs GWS 16:35Adelaide Oval
GEE vs HAW 19:20MCG
BRI vs CAR 19:20G
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC vs GCF 13:10MCG
WBU vs MEL 15:20ES
FRE vs WCE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 21
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW vs PTA 19:50ES
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
COL vs RIC 13:45MCG
GWS vs SYD 14:10Spotless Stadium
GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
STK vs GEE 19:20ES
ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs FRE 13:10ES
CAR vs MEL 15:20MCG
WCE vs WBU 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 22
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE vs COL 19:50MCG
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS vs CAR 13:45Spotless Stadium
HAW vs BRI 14:10AS
NTH vs WBU 16:35ES
ESS vs RIC 19:20MCG
GCF vs PTA 19:20MS
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE vs WCE 13:10Adelaide Oval
STK vs SYD 15:20ES
FRE vs MEL 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 23
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
COL vs ESS 00:00MCG
RIC vs NTH 00:00ES
HAW vs CAR 00:00MCG
GEE vs ADE 00:00SS
SYD vs GCF 00:00SCG
MEL vs GWS 00:00ES
BRI vs WBU 00:00G
PTA vs FRE 00:30Adelaide Oval
WCE vs STK 02:00Domain Stadium
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Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Fremantle 8 8 0 0 155.29 32
West Coast Eagles 8 6 2 0 158.17 24
Sydney Swans 8 6 2 0 127.36 24
GWS Giants 8 6 2 0 118.87 24
Collingwood 8 5 3 0 129.90 20
Adelaide Crows 8 5 3 0 116.32 20
Hawthorn 8 4 4 0 145.81 16
Richmond 8 4 4 0 107.64 16
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