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Adelaide
16.13.109
Gold Coast
11.11.77
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Match Tracker

Adelaide
Gold Coast
Q1
5.2.32
5.1.31

    Adelaide Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, B.Smith
  • 7 mins - Goal, M.Jaensch
  • 13 mins - Goal, R.Laird
  • 14 mins - Goal, J.Jenkins
  • 16 mins - Behind, S.Kerridge
  • 21 mins - Goal, T.Walker
  • 25 mins - Behind, E.Betts

    Adelaide and Gold Coast Events

  • 4 mins - Goal, D.Prestia
  • 18 mins - Goal, D.Prestia
  • 24 mins - Goal, G.Ablett
  • 27 mins - Behind, C.Dixon
  • 28 mins - Goal, C.Dixon
  • 30 mins - Goal, K.Kolodjashnij
Q2
9.7.61
8.3.51

    Adelaide Events

  • 6 mins - Goal, J.Lyons
  • 8 mins - Goal, J.Podsiadly
  • 10 mins - Behind, E.Betts
  • 11 mins - Goal, E.Betts
  • 21 mins - Behind, C.Cameron
  • 25 mins - Goal, R.Douglas
  • 29 mins - Behind, J.Jenkins
  • 30 mins - Behind, E.Betts
  • 32 mins - Behind, T.Walker

    Adelaide and Gold Coast Events

  • 3 mins - Behind, Z.Smith
  • 17 mins - Goal, G.Ablett
  • 19 mins - Behind, S.Day
  • 23 mins - Goal, B.Matera
  • 26 mins - Goal, C.Dixon
Q3
12.9.81
11.6.72

    Adelaide Events

  • 7 mins - Goal, T.Walker
  • 11 mins - Goal, T.Walker
  • 14 mins - Behind, C.Cameron
  • 25 mins - Goal, J.Jenkins
  • 27 mins - Behind, J.Lyons

    Adelaide and Gold Coast Events

  • 5 mins - Behind, M.Rischitelli
  • 13 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 16 mins - Goal, D.Swallow
  • 20 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 30 mins - Goal, A.Hall
  • 31 mins - Goal, D.Swallow
Q4
16.13.109
11.11.77

    Adelaide Events

  • 3 mins - Goal, T.Walker
  • 4 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 5 mins - Behind, P.Dangerfield
  • 5 mins - Goal, D.Mackay
  • 10 mins - Goal, E.Betts
  • 18 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 23 mins - Goal, T.Walker
  • 24 mins - Behind, J.Jenkins

    Adelaide and Gold Coast Events

  • 13 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 18 mins - Behind, D.Prestia
  • 19 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 26 mins - Behind, A.Hall
  • 29 mins - Behind, K.Kolodjashnij

Scorers

Adelaide
Gold Coast
Goal Scorers Adelaide Gold Coast
Goals and Behinds Walker (5.1), Betts (2.3), Jenkins (2.2), Lyons (1.1), Douglas (1.0), Jaensch (1.0), Laird (1.0), Mackay (1.0), Podsiadly (1.0), Smith (1.0), Cameron (0.2), Dangerfield (0.1), Kerridge (0.1) Dixon (2.1), Prestia (2.1), Ablett (2.0), Swallow (2.0), Hall (1.1), Kolodjashnij (1.1), Matera (1.0), Day (0.1), Rischitelli (0.1), Smith (0.1)

Team Statistics

Adelaide
Gold Coast

Statistics

Adelaide Gold Coast
Goals 16 11
Behinds 13 11
Scoring shots 30 23
Goals/scoring shots 53 48
Disposals 373 352
AdelaideGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
E.Betts 13 8 1 5 10 1 0 1 0 4
L.Brown 13 8 3 5 3 4 0 0 0 0
C.Cameron 6 5 1 1 3 4 0 1 0 0
P.Dangerfield 26 15 3 11 15 3 2 0 2 4
R.Douglas 22 12 2 10 11 7 2 1 1 3
S.Jacobs 5 5 0 0 2 1 0 0 25 2
M.Jaensch 29 18 7 11 9 2 1 0 0 1
J.Jenkins 14 10 2 4 7 1 1 0 13 2
S.Kerridge 10 6 0 4 6 5 1 2 0 4
R.Laird 16 8 3 8 6 2 1 0 0 2
J.Lyons 18 12 4 6 11 3 0 1 0 2
D.Mackay 15 11 3 4 7 10 2 1 0 2
B.Martin 15 9 6 6 8 1 0 0 0 3
A.Otten 11 5 5 6 2 4 0 0 0 0
J.Podsiadly 19 17 8 2 9 2 1 2 0 0
B.Rutten 10 6 3 4 3 1 1 1 0 0
R.Sloane 29 15 6 14 22 6 1 1 0 8
B.Smith 30 18 6 12 6 3 0 0 0 1
D.Talia 12 7 4 5 6 3 0 0 0 0
S.Thompson 26 15 2 11 12 1 2 1 0 7
T.Walker 22 16 10 6 10 0 1 2 0 0
M.Wright 12 9 3 3 5 1 3 0 0 1
Gold CoastGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
G.Ablett 25 12 1 13 18 6 3 2 0 8
G.Broughton 16 9 6 7 6 7 0 0 0 1
C.Cameron 5 1 2 4 3 2 1 1 0 0
S.Day 17 8 7 9 9 2 1 0 5 0
C.Dixon 22 12 4 10 15 1 1 1 4 2
A.Hall 12 7 0 5 5 9 0 1 0 2
J.Harbrow 21 15 2 6 5 2 1 0 0 1
K.Kolodjashnij 13 9 2 4 2 2 1 0 0 0
S.Lemmens 7 4 1 3 3 0 0 1 0 2
T.Lynch 12 4 0 8 7 1 0 1 0 0
B.Matera 11 8 3 3 4 2 1 0 0 0
S.May 12 8 3 4 5 3 0 1 1 0
T.McKenzie 11 7 3 4 4 3 1 1 0 1
J.O'Meara 18 11 1 7 10 8 2 3 0 2
D.Prestia 29 19 6 10 11 7 0 2 0 6
M.Rischitelli 18 10 3 8 10 7 1 2 1 3
L.Russell 9 4 0 5 2 4 0 0 0 2
A.Sexton 8 4 0 4 4 4 0 1 0 1
M.Shaw 16 7 5 9 5 3 0 1 2 3
Z.Smith 15 7 1 8 7 2 0 0 30 2
D.Stanley 18 12 7 6 5 1 1 1 0 1
D.Swallow 37 15 4 22 14 1 0 0 1 2

Match Details

Adelaide
Gold Coast
START TIME
1:10PM
WEATHER
Partly Sunny. Cool
VENUE
Adelaide Oval
Umpires
Jacob Mollison, Dean Margetts, Tristan Burgess

Taylor Walker in top form as Crows beat Suns

Ashley Porter

Adelaide 5.2 9.7 12.9 16.13 (109) Gold Coast Suns 5.1 8.3 11.6 11.11 (77)
GOALS Adelaide: Walker 5, Jenkins, Betts 2, Podsiadly, Douglas, Laird, Smith, Jaensch, Lyons, Mackay. Gold Coast: Prestia 2, Ablett 2, Dixon 2, Kolodjashnij, Matera, Hall.
BEST Adelaide: Walker, Smith, Dangerfield,Podsiadly, Jaensch, Sloane. Gold Coast: Swallow, Prestia, Ablett, Dixon, O’Meara, Smith.
INJURIES Adelaide: Jacobs (hip). Gold Coast: McKenzie (shoulder), Stanley (shoulder).
UMPIRES D. Margetts, T. Burgess, J. Mollison.
CROWD 49,069 at Adelaide Oval.

“Tex” Walker was back with five goals and the city was crowing again because of a 32-point win, but Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna left in the sunset seemingly more perplexed about the length of the Adelaide Oval grass - “The hairiest I have ever seen this year,” he said.

Taylor Walker competes for the ball against Steven May.
Taylor Walker competes for the ball against Steven May. Photo: Getty Images

Just two rounds after upsetting Collingwood with claims Adelaide Oval had the softest - but, in fact, loudest - siren that gifted Adelaide a goal, the Suns slipped-and-slid in the afternoon mist leaving McKenna to ponder whether the growth was deliberate.

“It was the longest I have seen a grass in the AFL,” McKenna said. “I don know whether that was by design or not. Was there a public holiday on Friday? May be they need to switch the blades down a bit, I thought. It’s just an observation; it was still green.”

The comments partially deflected the obvious - the Suns had three more inside-50 entries, but were dominated by Adelaide’s higher contested possession count and ability to handle the conditions and effect from a 49,069 crowd that wasn’t able to drown out the siren.

The Suns are still to beat Adelaide and, like Collingwood two rounds earlier, the Crows held their opposition goal-less in the last quarter.

McKenna said: “Collectively, it is probably our biggest crowd we have played in front of this year. In our history as a football club we have not had to do that a lot. For us to absorb that, get challenged hard, to weather that and see our way through was the most pleasing thing up until three-quarter time.”

It is five consecutive rounds now that Adelaide has shown vastly different form, and coach Brenton Sanderson said he could understand the frustration of the fans.

“Our belief, the way we are training and the easy way we are preparing our players is still no different to how it was before round one,” Sanderson said. “Our players still understand how we play; we just need to replicate that winning form for longer in games.

“Today we played more like a four-quarter performance; we had an even contribution from 22 players.”

And, of course, Big Tex was back to something like the form before his knee reconstruction last year.

It wasn’t so much the five-goal tally that made Walker so good. Even his opening goals in the third and last quarters gave the Crows a much-needed boost, his mere strong presence, defensive pressure that he once sorely lacked, and especially his impeccable teamwork.

Combined with the performances of Eddie Betts and James Podsiadly - whose teamwork and general play was also outstanding, plus another stout effort from Josh Jenkins - Sanderson’s belief that Adelaide had a forward structure that would be the envy of other clubs was strengthened.

The Crows didn’t do it easy with ruckman Sam Jacobs copping a “corked” hip that puts him in doubt for next Sunday’s match against Fremantle at Patersons Stadium. He was subbed at three-quarter time, and his replacement, Matthew Wright went on and had 12 disposals, such was Adelaide’s team effort on the day.

The Suns also had concern with shoulder issues inflicted upon Trent McKenzie and Danny Stanley, but the club is hopeful they will play against the Sydney Swans at home on Saturday.

The Suns also didn’t let up on the battering Patrick Dangerfield has been handed this season, and for most part the Crows’ most influential player seemed to be struggling to remain in the game. He looked tired and sore, and rarely got a disposal away without being crunched or sat upon.

Yet, remarkably, Dangerfield persisted like a Trojan, and his mounting hard-ball gets became more decisive and rewarding. Unfortunately, the overall turnovers delivered a sense of wastefulness about Adelaide’s game; so much work to win the ball and opportunities so easily tossed away.

As always, Gary Ablett also copped plenty of crunches from the opposition, and was restricted to 25 disposals including 18 contested possessions, six tackles and two goals. We said “restricted” flippantly, but based on his usual stats yesterday’s minder Sam Kerridge did very well.

The Suns had a host of other top performers, especially David Swallow and Dion Prestia, while Adelaide’s quality all-round team effort, including many highlights from Daniel Talia in defence, was just too strong.

The Suns will learn a lot from this game, but it may prove to be more than a pain in the grass.