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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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Round 1
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RIC vs CAR 19:20MCG
Sat, 26 MarTimes shown AEDT
MEL vs GWS 13:40MCG
GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
NTH vs ADE 19:25ES
SYD vs COL 19:25ANZ
Sun, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
WBU vs FRE 13:10ES
PTA vs STK 15:20Adelaide Oval
WCE vs BRI 19:40Domain Stadium
Mon, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
GEE vs HAW 15:20MCG
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Fri, 01 AprTimes shown AEDT
COL vs RIC 19:50MCG
Sat, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
ADE vs PTA 13:45Adelaide Oval
ESS vs MEL 14:10MCG
BRI vs NTH 16:35G
STK vs WBU 19:25ES
FRE vs GCF 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 03 AprTimes shown AEST
GWS vs GEE 13:10SO
HAW vs WCE 15:20MCG
CAR vs SYD 16:40ES
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PTA vs ESS 19:50Adelaide Oval
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STK vs COL 13:45MCG
RIC vs ADE 14:10ES
SYD vs GWS 16:35SCG
GCF vs CAR 19:25MS
WCE vs FRE 19:40Domain Stadium
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NTH vs MEL 13:10BA
WBU vs HAW 15:20ES
GEE vs BRI 16:40SS
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ESS vs GEE 13:45MCG
HAW vs STK 14:10AS
BRI vs GCF 16:35G
CAR vs WBU 19:25ES
ADE vs SYD 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
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COL vs MEL 15:20MCG
NTH vs FRE 16:40ES
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HAW vs ADE 19:50MCG
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SYD vs WCE 13:40SCG
GCF vs NTH 16:35MS
WBU vs BRI 19:25ES
PTA vs GEE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
STK vs GWS 13:10ES
FRE vs CAR 16:10Domain Stadium
MEL vs RIC 19:10MCG
Mon, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
COL vs ESS 15:20MCG
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NTH vs WBU 19:50ES
Sat, 30 AprTimes shown AEST
MEL vs STK 13:45ES
ADE vs FRE 14:10Adelaide Oval
GWS vs HAW 16:35Spotless Stadium
RIC vs PTA 19:25MCG
GEE vs GCF 19:25SS
Sun, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs SYD 13:10G
CAR vs ESS 15:20MCG
WCE vs COL 16:40Domain Stadium
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Fri, 06 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC vs HAW 19:50MCG
Sat, 07 MayTimes shown AEST
COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
GEE vs WCE 14:10SS
SYD vs ESS 16:35ANZ
GCF vs MEL 17:10MS
WBU vs ADE 19:40ES
FRE vs GWS 20:10Domain Stadium
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STK vs NTH 15:20ES
PTA vs BRI 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Sat, 14 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS vs NTH 13:45ES
HAW vs FRE 14:10AS
GWS vs GCF 16:35Spotless Stadium
BRI vs COL 19:25G
RIC vs SYD 19:25MCG
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CAR vs PTA 13:10ES
MEL vs WBU 15:20MCG
WCE vs STK 16:40Domain Stadium
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HAW vs SYD 19:50MCG
Sat, 21 MayTimes shown AEST
COL vs GEE 13:45MCG
GCF vs ADE 14:10MS
PTA vs WCE 16:35Adelaide Oval
NTH vs CAR 19:25ES
FRE vs RIC 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL vs BRI 13:10MCG
GWS vs WBU 15:20Spotless Stadium
STK vs ESS 16:40ES
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Fri, 27 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD vs NTH 19:50SCG
Sat, 28 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs HAW 13:45G
MEL vs PTA 14:10TIO Traeger Park
STK vs FRE 16:35ES
ESS vs RIC 19:25MCG
ADE vs GWS 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR vs GEE 13:10ES
COL vs WBU 15:20MCG
WCE vs GCF 16:40Domain Stadium
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Fri, 03 JunTimes shown AEST
NTH vs RIC 19:50BA
Sat, 04 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs MEL 13:45MCG
CAR vs BRI 14:10ES
GEE vs GWS 16:35SS
GCF vs SYD 19:25MS
FRE vs ESS 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs PTA 13:10MCG
WBU vs WCE 15:20ES
ADE vs STK 16:40Adelaide Oval
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ESS vs HAW 19:50ES
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PTA vs WBU 13:40Adelaide Oval
BRI vs FRE 16:35G
GEE vs NTH 19:25ES
WCE vs ADE 19:40Domain Stadium
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STK vs CAR 13:10ES
RIC vs GCF 15:20MCG
GWS vs SYD 16:40Spotless Stadium
Mon, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL vs COL 15:20MCG
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NTH vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI vs WCE 13:40G
FRE vs PTA 16:35Domain Stadium
WBU vs GEE 19:25ES
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SYD vs MEL 13:10SCG
ESS vs GWS 16:40ES
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ADE vs NTH 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 24 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs FRE 19:50MCG
Sat, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC vs BRI 13:40MCG
GWS vs CAR 16:35Spotless Stadium
STK vs GEE 19:25ES
Sun, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs GCF 15:20AS
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PTA vs RIC 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
GCF vs STK 13:40MS
SYD vs WBU 16:35SCG
CAR vs COL 19:25MCG
Sun, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
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Fri, 08 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs SYD 19:50SS
Sat, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs COL 13:40Spotless Stadium
GCF vs BRI 16:35MS
WBU vs RIC 19:25ES
MEL vs FRE 19:40TIO
Sun, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs ADE 13:10MCG
WCE vs NTH 15:20Domain Stadium
ESS vs STK 16:40ES
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Thu, 14 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs HAW 19:20SCG
Fri, 15 JulTimes shown AEST
FRE vs GEE 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 16 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs ESS 13:40MCG
NTH vs PTA 16:35ES
WBU vs GCF 19:25CAZ
ADE vs COL 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs WCE 13:10MCG
STK vs MEL 15:20ES
BRI vs GWS 16:40G
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Fri, 22 JulTimes shown AEST
COL vs NTH 19:50ES
Sat, 23 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs CAR 13:45ANZ
GCF vs FRE 14:10MS
WCE vs MEL 16:35Domain Stadium
WBU vs STK 19:25ES
GEE vs ADE 19:25SS
Sun, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs BRI 13:10ES
HAW vs RIC 15:20MCG
PTA vs GWS 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Fri, 29 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs WBU 19:50SS
Sat, 30 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs RIC 13:45SO
HAW vs CAR 14:10AS
COL vs WCE 16:35MCG
BRI vs PTA 19:25G
NTH vs STK 19:25ES
Sun, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs GCF 13:10MCG
FRE vs SYD 15:20Domain Stadium
ADE vs ESS 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Fri, 05 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC vs COL 19:50MCG
Sat, 06 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs PTA 13:45SCG
MEL vs HAW 14:10MCG
GCF vs GWS 16:35MS
WBU vs NTH 19:25ES
ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR vs STK 13:10MCG
GEE vs ESS 15:20ES
FRE vs WCE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Fri, 12 AugTimes shown AEST
WBU vs COL 19:50ES
Sat, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs CAR 13:45G
HAW vs NTH 14:10MCG
GWS vs WCE 16:35Spotless Stadium
STK vs SYD 19:25ES
PTA vs MEL 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS vs GCF 13:10ES
RIC vs GEE 15:20MCG
FRE vs ADE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 22
Fri, 19 AugTimes shown AEST
WCE vs HAW 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs SYD 13:45BA
RIC vs STK 14:10MCG
GWS vs FRE 16:35Spotless Stadium
COL vs GCF 19:25ES
PTA vs ADE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR vs MEL 13:10MCG
BRI vs GEE 15:20G
ESS vs WBU 16:40ES
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Round 23
Sat, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW vs COL 12:00MCG
STK vs BRI 12:00ES
ESS vs CAR 12:00MCG
GCF vs PTA 12:00MS
SYD vs RIC 12:00SCG
NTH vs GWS 12:00ES
GEE vs MEL 12:00SS
ADE vs WCE 12:30Adelaide Oval
FRE vs WBU 14:00Domain Stadium
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AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Adelaide Crows 0 0 0 0 - 0
Brisbane Lions 0 0 0 0 - 0
Carlton 0 0 0 0 - 0
Collingwood 0 0 0 0 - 0
Essendon 0 0 0 0 - 0
Fremantle 0 0 0 0 - 0
Geelong Cats 0 0 0 0 - 0
Gold Coast Suns 0 0 0 0 - 0
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