The top eight’s revolving door continued on Sunday.
This time, Collingwood have made way for Adelaide.
The Magpies could not have been more disappointing in their match against West Coast.
After staying with the Eagles for the first half, they were blown away in the second as the hosts piled on 10 goals to three in the final two quarters.
For a side that was playing to not only retain their spot in the top eight but go up to seventh spot, that really was a pitiful performance from the Magpies who eventually lost by 60 points.
Conversely, the Crows didn’t need a second invitation to re-enter the top eight.
They absolutely obliterated a deplorable Lions outfit by 105 points which was Brisbane’s biggest ever defeat at the Gabba.
Adelaide catapulted themselves from 10th up to seventh position to be the very big winners from Sunday’s AFL action.
Incredibly, West Coat’s comprehensive win over Collingwood means they have come out of nowhere to be in finals calculations again!
The Eagles are just a game outside the top eight which really is amazing given how badly they’ve travelled for most of the season.
Today’s results ensure that next weekend’s games between Essendon (8th) and West Coast (11th) & Adelaide (7th) and Richmond (12th) – who are also a game outside the top eight – are all of a sudden massive engagements!
West Coast 6.5, 9.7, 15.10, 19.12 (126)
Collingwood 2.1, 7.2, 8.4, 10.6 (66)
West Coast: Lycett 4, Darling 4, Kennedy 3, Naitanui 2, Brown, Shuey, Cripps, Hill, Cox, Priddis
Collingwood: Kennedy 2, Dwyer, Broomhead, White, Reid, Beams, Sidebottom, Elliott, Cloke
West Coast: Priddis 42, Gaff 34, Masten 32, Butler 32, Shuey 32
Collingwood: Beams 35, Sidebottom 33, Pendlebury 31
Q4 31 MIN, WC 126 COLL 66
Darling takes a strong chest mark in front of Goldsack.
From 30m out on a 40-degree angle, Darling's set shot is ugly and goes off the side of his boot.
But the siren sounds and the Eagles win by 10 goals!
They are amazingly back in finals calculations!
Q4 29 MIN, WC 125 COLL 66
Sheed runs to 35m out but his left-footed attempt misses to the right
Q4 29 MIN, WC 124 COLL 66
The life well and truly sucked out of this one. It's petering out now.
Q4 26 MIN, WC 124 COLL 66
Beams is dragged to ground by Butler 20m out from Collingwood's goal
Q4 24 MIN, WC 124 COLL 66
The game has been halted because an idiotic Collingwood supporter has run onto the field.
He is eventually apprehended by security and can expect a huge fine too.
JUST IN: Scans have revealed @majakdaw suffered a subtalar dislocation (foot) today. No surgery at this stage - will be in cast for 6 weeks. — Heath O'Loughlin (@thossian) August 10, 2014
Q4 21 MIN, WC 124 COLL 65
Beams' shot on goal from 30m out deep in the pocket looks like it squeezes through.
But the score review denies a thoroughly deserved goal for Beams, he has been tireless today.
Q4 21 MIN, WC 124 COLL 64
Leading disposals: Priddis 39, Beams 34, Sidebottom 32, Gaff 32, Shuey 30, Pendlebury 30
Q4 19 MIN, WC 124 COLL 64
Cloke runs onto the loose ball and streams into the open goal. That's his first.
Perhaps he made the most of the fact that his direct opponent Mackenzie is off the ground under the blood rule
Q4 18 MIN, WC 124 COLL 58
Unsurprisingly, West Coast smashing Collingwood in disposals (379-320)
Q4 17 MIN, WC 124 COLL 58
Frost and Toovey gang-tackle Darling, and we'll have a ball up 25m out from West Coast's goal.
Priddis takes the clearance with galling ease and snaps it home!
The embarrassment continues for Collingwood.
Q4 15 MIN, WC 118 COLL 58
Josh Kennedy attacks the ball hard as he tries to take the mark and takes out Goldsack in the process.
The Magpie is slow to get to his feet to put it mildly!
Q4 14 MIN, WC 118 COLL 58
Naitanui flies high for the mark, he is unsuccessful, but Darling collects the crumbs and dribbles through his third goal for the quarter! He now has four for the match.
Q4 11 MIN, WC 112 COLL 58
Frost walks the ball over the boundary line for a throw-in 15m around from West Coast's goal
Q4 7 MIN, WC 112 COLL 58
Gaff sends a long ball forward to Darling who is awarded the free kick for having his arm chopped by Toovey.
From 20m out on a 40-degree angle, Darling kicks his third major.
And the pain continues for Collingwood.
Q4 6 MIN, WC 106 COLL 58
How about Priddis' numbers? 35 disposals (19 contested), 10 clearances and seven tackles
Q4 3 MIN, WC 106 COLL 58
Blair pushes Darling in the back and gives away the free kick.
From 20m out directly in front, the big Eagle joins Kennedy, Naitanui and Lycett as multiple goal kickers for West Coast
Q4 0 MIN, WC 100 COLL 58
Elliott gives Collingwood the ideal start to the final quarter after evading Shuey and converting from 40m out after just 25 seconds.
It's a good day to be a ruckman at West Coast, the tall timber have seven goals between them! pic.twitter.com/MkQdgZNFaz — West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) August 10, 2014
West Coast 6.5, 9.7, 15.10 (100)
Collingwood 2.1, 7.2, 8.4 (52)
West Coast: Lycett 4, Kennedy 3, Naitanui 2, Brown, Shuey, Cripps, Darling, Hill, Cox
Collingwood: Kennedy 2, Dwyer, Broomhead, White, Reid, Beams, Sidebottom
West Coast: Priddis 31, Gaff 26, Masten 22, Butler 22
Collingwood: Sidebottom 27, Beams 27, Pendlebury 25
Q3 30 MIN, WC 100 COLL 52
West Coast well on top in clearances (37-29), contested possessions (110-97) and inside 50s (41-34)
Q3 28 MIN, WC 100 COLL 52
Reid's centring kick from the boundary line is a bullet but Ben Kennedy snaffles it under duress from Bennell!
That is fantastic stuff from the youngster.
From 15m out, he pops his set shot through and ends a run of six goals in a row from the Eagles.
Q3 24 MIN, WC 100 COLL 46
Fasolo's handball is intercepted, Cox collects the loose ball and snaps truly from 35m out!
And don't the fans love it! That might be his last goal at the ground!
That's six goals in a row now for West Coast.
Collingwood have officially hoisted the white flag.
Q3 21 MIN, WC 94 COLL 46
Hutchings' set shot from 40m out on a very tough angle just clips the inside of the goal post.
That was a great attempt though!
Q3 18 MIN, WC 93 COLL 46
Hill takes a very strong mark against the on-coming White.
From 35m out in front, Hill extends West Coast's lead further
They have booted 5.2 to 0.1 this quarter.
Q3 17 MIN, WC 87 COLL 46
Leading disposals: Priddis 27, Beams 25, Sidebottom 24, Pendlebury 23, Gaff 21
Q3 16 MIN, WC 87 COLL 46
Witts' set shot from 40m out on a tight angle never looked likely
Q3 12 MIN, WC 87 COLL 45
Naitanui outmarks Goldsack 60m out from goal and earns a 50m penalty because the Collingwood defender was harshly deemed to have encroached the mark.
From 15m out, Naitanui pops through another one! It's hard to see the Pies coming back from here!
Q3 11 MIN, WC 81 COLL 45
McGinnity wraps up Lumumba and we'll have a ball up on centre wing
Q3 9 MIN, WC 81 COLL 45
Shuey's centring chip hits Josh Kennedy on the chest.
From 35m out on a 30-degree angle, his set shot JUST misses to the left.
Q3 7 MIN, WC 80 COLL 45
An unmanned Josh Kennedy pops through the easiest of goals from a few metres out.
That was a coast-to-coast goal that started from the kick-in.
McGovern kicked it to Darling who handballed it to Gaff.
Gaff took a bounce up the centre cordior and kicked it to a lonesome Cripps who sent it further afield to Kennedy.
Woeful from Collingwood.
Q3 7 MIN, WC 74 COLL 45
Keeffe kicks it forward and Reid takes the chest mark in front of Brown.
From 50m out on an extremely tough angle, Reid's set shot falls short and is rushed through
Q3 6 MIN, WC 74 COLL 44
West Coast smashing Collingwood for disposals early in this quarter 22-3!
Q3 6 MIN, WC 74 COLL 44
Dwyer has been subbed out due to a hamstring injury and Young is in the game
Q3 5 MIN, WC 74 COLL 44
Josh Kennedy launches a bomb to the goal square but the ball ends up in Sidebottom hands and he rushes a behind.
Q3 3 MIN, WC 73 COLL 44
Lycett's arm is held in the marking contest by Keeffe.
The big Eagle seemed to take the advantage and kick a point. But the umpire brings it back!
That's good news for Lycett because his set shot from 30m out in the forward pocket splits the middle!
He now has four goals.
Q3 1 MIN, WC 67 COLL 44
Gaff's pass to Lycett is an absolute dart!
From 30m out directly in front, Lycett bangs home his third goal. Great start to the second half for the Eagles.
Q3 0 MIN, WC 61 COLL 44
In case you missed it, West Coast have already used their sub.
Ellis departed the game with what looked like a serious right shoulder injury.
Sheed was his replacement.
Great gesture by the @westernbulldogs for Saints legend @Len_hayes Congrats on your career Lenny! #AFLSaintsDogs pic.twitter.com/jlJxW3GOnk — Jude Bolton (@Jude_Bolton) August 10, 2014
Stringer re: his partner expecting a child: 'I hope it comes out this week so I don't have to worry about it while playing!' #AFLSaintsDogs — 3AW Football (@3AWisfootball) August 10, 2014
Great news for Tom Lynch
St Kilda 3.1, 7.4, 10.6, 15.9 (99)
Bulldogs 7.4, 10.6, 13.10, 18.14 (122)
St Kilda: Gwilt 3, Curren 2, Newnes, Bruce, Steven, Riewoldt, Ross, Schneider, Hayes, Murdoch, Weller, Billings
Bulldogs: Stringer 4, Cooney 3, Crameri 3, Campbell, Picken, Hrovat, Bontempelli, Higgins, Stevens, Macrae, Darley
St Kilda: Montagna 24, Armitage 22, Ray 20, Gwilt 20, Steven 20
Bulldogs: Higgins 26, Cooney 25, Macrae 20, Griffen 20, Crameri 20
Q4 31 MIN, STK 99 WB 122
Stanley lines up from 25m out directly in front but cannot kick the goal after the siren
Q4 29 MIN, STK 98 WB 122
Crameri puts the icing on the cake with the outside of his boot in the pocket next to the behind post! Brilliant stuff from the ex-Bomber! He now has three goals
0:23 to go
Q4 28 MIN, STK 98 WB 116
Darley does brilliantly to keep the ball in play on the goal line and then toe pokes it through for a major! It's game over now.
0:52 to go
Q4 28 MIN, STK 98 WB 110
Crameri takes the mark and chips it to Hunter on the wing. Not looking good for the Saints.
1:18 to go
Q4 25 MIN, STK 98 WB 110
Hunter's set shot from 50m out on a slight angle is no good
2:50 to go
WEST COAST 6.5, 9.7 (61)
COLLINGWOOD 2.1, 7.2 (44)
West Coast: Kennedy 2, Lycett 2, Naitanui, Brown, Shuey, Cripps, Darling
Collingwood: Kennedy, Dwyer, Broomhead, White, Reid, Beams, Sidebottom
West Coast: Priddis 22, Gaff 17, Masten 15
Collingwood: Sidebottom 21, Beams 19, Pendlebury 19
Q4 24 MIN, STK 98 WB 109
Billings snaps truly from 25m out! And the Saints are in this up their necks! What a finish!
4:01 to go
Q2 30 MIN, WC 61 COLL 44
Sidebottom takes four bounces, runs to the forward pocket and dribbles it through! Great run from Steele!
Q4 22 MIN, STK 91 WB 109
Gwilt takes the overhead mark in front of Roughead.
From 25m out directly in front, Gwilt boots his third major. And it's only 18 points the difference!
That's a career high for Gwilt.
Q4 20 MIN, STK 85 WB 109
Weller kicks another one and the Saints are running this one out which is good to see
Q4 18 MIN, STK 79 WB 109
Murdoch adds some respectability to the scoreboard
Q2 24 MIN, WC 61 COLL 38
Brown is carried off by the trainers favouring his left leg. Really bad news for the Eagles.
Q2 22 MIN, WC 61 COLL 38
Priddis' sweeping handball to Masten is a beauty.
Masten then turns around and drills a lovely pass to the diving Darling.
From 35m out deep in the pocket, Darling threads the eye of the needle! Magnificent stuff!
Q2 21 MIN, WC 55 COLL 38
Leading disposals: Priddis 18, Beams 17, Sidebottom 17, Pendlebury 16, Hurn 13
Q4 14 MIN, STK 73 WB 109
Bontempelli lines up from 50m out on a slight angle but he pushes it across the face
Q2 19 MIN, WC 55 COLL 38
Beams gets the clearance from the stoppage and his snap shot from outside 50m bounces through! What a kick!
Q4 12 MIN, STK 73 WB 108
Crameri's set shot from outside 50m sneaks through for a major
Q2 17 MIN, WC 55 COLL 32
Blair's shot on goal from 30m out goes through, but Cloke shoves Mackenzie in the back on the goal line and gives away the free kick! That was unnecessary from Cloke, it was already a goal! That has got to hurt the Pies!
Q4 11 MIN, STK 73 WB 102
Macrae's set shot from 15m out on a slight angle is an accurate one
Q2 16 MIN, WC 55 COLL 32
Collingwood leading disposals this quarter 62-42
Q2 16 MIN, WC 55 COLL 32
Pendlebury takes a bounce and spears a pass that hits Reid on the chest.
From 30m out directly in front he gets the reply for Collingwood.
It's goal-for-goal stuff at Patersons Stadium!
Q2 14 MIN, WC 55 COLL 26
Shuey sizes up his options and drills a pass to Cripps.
From 40m out in front, Cripps' set shot is a beauty!
Q4 7 MIN, STK 73 WB 96
Hayes uses his graceful evasive skills in the middle of the ground and kicks it to Gwilt.
From 50m out in front, Gwilt misses his set shot to the left.
Q4 6 MIN, STK 72 WB 96
Stevens loads up from outside 50m on a 45-degree and bangs it home on the run!
Q2 12 MIN, WC 49 COLL 26
Elliott marks it, dodges Bennell and centres it to White.
From 30m out directly in front, the ex-Swan makes no mistake.
Q2 11 MIN, WC 49 COLL 20
Priddis has already had 15 disposals (12 contested) and 7 clearances
Q4 2 MIN, STK 72 WB 88
Gwilt kicks the first goal of the final quarter! He's enjoying himself in attack
Q2 6 MIN, WC 47 COLL 19
Frost's kick under pressure in the backline goes out of bounds on the full.
From 40m out on a very tough angle, Cripps opts to pass it off instead of having a shot on goal, but it comes unstuck
Q2 4 MIN, WC 47 COLL 19
Darling and Cripps combine to get it to Lycett who gets the quick reply from the goal square
Q2 3 MIN, WC 41 COLL 19
Beams roosts it forward, it hits the pack, it spills free, Broomhead is in the right place at the right time, he collects the loose ball and runs into the goal square
ST KILDA 3.1, 7.4, 10.6 (66)
BULLDOGS 7.4, 10.6, 13.10 (88)
St Kilda: Curren 2, Newnes, Bruce, Steven, Riewoldt, Ross, Schneider, Gwilt, Hayes
Bulldogs: Stringer 4, Cooney 3, Campbell, Picken, Crameri, Hrovat, Bontempelli, Higgins
St Kilda: Armitage 18, Gwilt 17, Montagna 17, Ray 17, Steven 17
Bulldogs: Higgins 21, Cooney 19, Griffen 17, Hrovat 15
Q3 28 MIN, STK 66 WB 87
Hayes' set shot from 45m out on a very tight angle splits the high diddle diddles!
And the fans goes crazy on Lenny Hayes appreciation day! The champ gives them a salute too! Magnificent scenes!
WEST COAST 6.5 (41)
COLLINGWOOD 2.1 (13)
West Coast: Kennedy 2, Lycett, Naitanui, Brown, Shuey
Collingwood: Kennedy, Dwyer
West Coast: Priddis 12, Hurn 11, Masten 8
Collingwood: Pendlebury 9, Sidebottom 8, Beams 7
Q1 34 MIN, WC 41 COLL 13
Josh Kennedy is tunnelled by Frost and wins the free kick.
From 45m out, Kennedy converts his set shot just before the siren sounds!
What a quarter from the Eagles!
Q3 23 MIN, STK 59 WB 87
Gwilt's set shot from 35m out on the boundary line with hardly any daylight separating the goal posts somehow splits them! What a kick from the defender!
Q1 33 MIN, WC 35 COLL 13
Shuey is tackled high by Sidebottom and wins the free kick.
From 30m out directly in front, Shuey's set shot goes straight through the middle.
Q1 32 MIN, WC 29 COLL 13
Cripps' hurried shot on goal from congestion goes out of bounds for a throw-in right next to the Eagle's behind post.
Q1 31 MIN, WC 29 COLL 13
Armstrong drills it forward into the outstretched hands of Cloke.
From 50m out on a 30-degree angle, Cloke's set shot is lucky to sneak in for a behind.
Q3 20 MIN, STK 53 WB 87
Stevens takes a very strong pack mark in between three Saints!
But from 30m out with little angle to speak his set shot is sub-standard. That's a shame, he deserved a goal there.
Q3 17 MIN, STK 53 WB 86
Macrae dishes it off to Higgins from heavy traffic and the latter snaps truly from 25m out
Q3 16 MIN, STK 53 WB 80
Leading disposals: Cooney 18, Higgins 17, Griffen 17, Armitage 17, Fisher 16, Steven 16
Q1 24 MIN, WC 29 COLL 12
Reid handballs it to Dwyer in traffic and the latter snaps truly from 25m out
Meanwhile, Ellis is being attended by the trainers after being accidentally flattened by Reid in the marking contested. The ex-Hawk has hardly moved.
He gets to his feet gingerly and is struggling to walk off the field. It looks like he may have some kind of rib or shoulder injury.
Q1 23 MIN, WC 29 COLL 6
West Coast dominating the disposals too (77-47)
Q1 22 MIN, WC 29 COLL 6
Darling's snap shot from 20m out never looked like it
Q1 22 MIN, WC 28 COLL 6
West Coast giving Collingwood an old-fashioned belting in the clearances (12-3)
Q1 21 MIN, WC 28 COLL 6
Naitanui looked like he tackled Keeffe without the ball on the Eagles' half-forward line
Q3 9 MIN, STK 53 WB 78
Cooney strolls to 30m out in front and slots his third goal of the afternoon
Q1 17 MIN, WC 28 COLL 6
Mitch Brown unloads from outside 50m and it sails through! What a start by the Eagles!
Q1 16 MIN, WC 22 COLL 6
West Coast leading contested possessions 21-8. Damning stat for the Pies
Q1 15 MIN, WC 22 COLL 6
Josh Kennedy wins the free kick for front-on contact from Witts.
From 30m out in front, Kennedy makes no mistake.
Great start by the Eagles.
Q3 3 MIN, STK 47 WB 72
Stringer boots his fourth goal after breaking another tackle! There's no stopping this kid!
Q1 12 MIN, WC 16 COLL 6
Tony Armstrong fumbles the mark in West Coast's goal square but has enough time to recover the ball.
However his lateral pass to Macaffer is too wide and goes out on the full.
Hill takes the free kick, pumps it long and Naitanui takes a spectacular mark over Fasolo a few metres out from goal!
For some reason Naitanui plays on and is tackled by Armstrong but he manages to get boot to ball just before the goal line.
Q1 11 MIN, WC 10 COLL 6
Hill's floater to the top of the goal square is punched through for a rushed behind
Q1 10 MIN, WC 9 COLL 6
Ben Kennedy accepts the handball from Elliott and from a standing start he converts from 35m out in front
Q1 8 MIN, WC 9 COLL 0
Macaffer marks the ball in the centre square and earns a 50m penalty after Shuey clipped him across the face moments later
Q1 8 MIN, WC 9 COLL 0
Lycett dodges three Magpies and his snap shot from 25m out misses to the left! That would have been special!
Q1 7 MIN, WC 8 COLL 0
The game has been played exclusively in West Coast's forward half so far. Not a flash start from the Pies at all
Q1 6 MIN, WC 8 COLL 0
Cripps' snapshot from 30m out in the pocket is a great attempt under great pressure but Goldsack gets a fist in on the line for the Pies
Q1 4 MIN, WC 7 COLL 0
Masten kicks it to Shuey in the centre square and Shuey kicks it lace out to Lycett who takes the chest mark.
From 48m out on a slight angle his set shot goes straight through the high diddle diddles!
They've started well the Eagles.
Q1 2 MIN, WC 1 COLL 0
Keeffe rushes through Naitanui's wayward snap shot from 30m out
Q1 1 MIN, WC 0 COLL 0
Naitanui perhaps a little unlucky not to be awarded a free kick for being taken too high by Witts in the ruck contest at the throw-in 30m around from West Coast's goal
This is a huge relief for the entire footy community...
Great news! Tom Lynch has been given the all clear and is back in the rooms with the boys #gocrows— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) August 10, 2014
The final preparations are done. 20 minutes until show time #gopies pic.twitter.com/G0Vx0SYKHt — Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) August 10, 2014
Brenton Sanderson forecasts some very good selection news for Adelaide
"Scott Thompson & James Podsiadly will be really close to playing against Richmond."— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) August 10, 2014
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson is absolutely rapt with his team's 105-point win against Brisbane today given they were down to two rotations for the entire second half in 24C heat
"This group will keep fighting. If you're a Crows fan tonight, you should be so proud. It was a young group today."— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) August 10, 2014
15 minutes til bouncedown pic.twitter.com/gVPxh8ui7u — West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) August 10, 2014
Tackling warm up begins. #goeagles pic.twitter.com/dOoYg9XOd5 — West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) August 10, 2014
Sando says it's too early to say if/how long Tom Lynch will be sidelined #gocrows — Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) August 10, 2014
You might recognise a few of these '94 faces in today's guard of honour. #goeagles pic.twitter.com/mpdEcCoxKO — West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) August 10, 2014
ST KILDA 3.1, 7.4 (46)
BULLDOGS 7.4, 10.6 (66)
St Kilda: Curren 2, Newnes, Bruce, Steven, Riewoldt, Ross
Bulldogs: Stringer 3, Cooney 2, Campbell, Picken, Crameri, Hrovat, Bontempelli
St Kilda: Fisher 15, Armitage 14
Bulldogs: Cooney 15, Griffen 14
Q1 31 MIN, STK 46 WB 66
Ross brings Bontempelli to ground as the Dog was streaming towards the 50m line just before the siren sounds! Great few minutes there from Ross!
Q1 30 MIN, STK 46 WB 66
Ross intercepts Liberatore's kick and his snap shot from 20m is good! Great play from Ross!
Q1 29 MIN, STK 40 WB 66
Stanley has been taken high by Darley in the marking contest 50m out from goal
Q1 29 MIN, STK 40 WB 66
Dempster's pot shot on goal misses to the left
Some injury news for North Melbourne fans: Daniels Wells has been injured on return to the VFL and Majak Daw has been stretchered off playing for Werribee. Click here for the story.
Q1 28 MIN, STK 39 WB 66
Wood lays a bone-crunching tackle on Curren as the young Saint was streaming into an open goal! Brilliant stuff from the Bulldog!
Q1 27 MIN, STK 39 WB 66
Riewoldt's set shot from 55m out directly in front falls short and Macrae clears the danger for the Dogs
Q1 26 MIN, STK 39 WB 66
Stringer shrugs off two tacklers and his banana kick from the pocket goes straight through!
This kid is something special!
Q1 25 MIN, STK 39 WB 60
Armitage fends off Cooney with great strength, takes a bounce down the wing and centres it to Riewoldt who takes a fantastic contested mark against Morris with his outstretched hands.
From 50m out on a 45-degree angle, Riewoldt's set shot misses to the right
Q1 24 MIN, STK 38 WB 60
St Kilda leading the uncontested possessions 113-93
Q1 22 MIN, STK 38 WB 60
The ball spills to Curren from the big pack at the top of the goal square and the young Saint snaps truly from 20m out to become St Kilda's first multiple goalscorer
Q1 21 MIN, STK 32 WB 60
Fisher kicks it to Billings who earns the free kick after being pushed in the back by Darley on the half-forward line
Q1 19 MIN, STK 32 WB 60
Minson falls into Riewoldt's back and concedes the free kick.
From 50m out a few metres inside the boundary line, Riewoldt's set shot is outstanding.
That was a true captain's goal when his team needed it most!
Q1 16 MIN, STK 26 WB 60
Griffen handballs it to Cooney but his snap shot from the boundary line goes across the face and out of bounds for a throw-in 25m around from the Dogs' goal
Q1 16 MIN, STK 26 WB 60
Boyd has restricted Hayes to just six disposals so far
Q1 15 MIN, STK 26 WB 60
Leading disposals: Armitage 13, Cooney 12, Griffen 11, Fisher 11
Q1 15 MIN, STK 26 WB 60
Griffen and Weller watch the ball go out of bounds a few metres around from the Bulldogs' goal
Q1 12 MIN, STK 26 WB 60
Bontempelli takes the mark 30m out from goal and is paid the 50m penalty after being pushed over late.
That action turns a probable Dogs goal into a certain one.
Q1 10 MIN, STK 26 WB 54
Gwilt's kick-in is terrible and Stevens chops it off.
From 40m out on an extremely tough angle, the ex-Eagle's set shot never looked like it.
Q1 10 MIN, STK 26 WB 53
Stringer crumbs the pack after Campbell dropped the mark but his shot on goal from 25m out goes across the face
Q1 9 MIN, STK 26 WB 52
St Kilda are leading inside 50s this quarter 8-1 but have only managed one goal
Q1 9 MIN, STK 26 WB 52
Steven's centring kick is a ripper and Armitage takes the overhead mark diving back.
From 40m out on a slight angle, Armitage's set shot misses to the left.
Q1 6 MIN, STK 25 WB 52
Hrovat roves the pack and bangs it home from 30m out! The Dogs get the quick reply
Q1 5 MIN, STK 25 WB 46
Steven wins the free kick after being shoved in the back by Griffen.
From 50m out on a 40-degree angle, Steven boots it right through the middle.
Q1 4 MIN, STK 19 WB 46
Fisher passes it to Weller on the half-forward flank and the ex-Sun chips it to Bruce who drops a fairly easy mark and it goes out of bounds 35m around from St Kilda's goal.
Q1 4 MIN, STK 19 WB 46
Armitage wraps up Higgins on the Bulldogs' 50m line
Bris.Lions 4.0, 6.3, 7.7, 9.9 (63)
Adelaide 6.3, 12.11, 16.14, 25.18 (168)
Bris.Lions: Crisp 3, Green 2, McStay, Mayes, Rockliff, Zorko
Adelaide: Walker 6, Martin 3, Betts 3, Lynch 2, Sloane 2, Jacobs 2, Dangerfield, Jaensch, Wright, Lyons, Jenkins, Cameron, Grigg
Bris.Lions: Rockliff 40, Zorko 29, Hanley 27, Martin 26
Adelaide: B.Crouch 30, Sloane 28, Wright 27, Lyons 26
ST KILDA 3.1 (19)
BULLDOGS 7.4 (46)
St Kilda: Newnes, Curren, Bruce
Bulldogs: Stringer 2, Cooney 2, Campbell, Picken, Crameri
St Kilda: Gilbert 10, Weller 7, Fisher 7
Bulldogs: Cooney 11, Griffen 8, Hrovat 8
Q4 31 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 168
Grigg roves the pack and puts it through from 10m out
Brisbane's previous biggest ever loss at the Gabba was 102 points.
Q4 30 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 162
This is Adelaide's biggest ever score against Brisbane
Q4 29 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 162
Dangerfield takes a beautiful mark against Merrett and McStay on the half-forward flank
He chips it forward to Jacobs and the big ruckman's set shot from 40m out on a testing angle is a ripper
Q1 30 MIN, STK 19 WB 45
Cooney's set shot from 45m out in front is beautiful. He now has two goals.
Q1 28 MIN, STK 19 WB 39
Dahlhaus centres it beautifully to Crameri who takes the easy chest mark.
From 25m out on a tight angle, Crameri pushes it across the face.
Q1 27 MIN, STK 19 WB 38
Stanley's set shot from 50m out on a very tough angle is lucky to sneak in for a behind
Q4 25 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 155
Cameron dishes it off to Brad Crouch who runs to 40m out on a slight angle and misses to the left
Q4 23 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 154
Cameron handballs it over the top to Betts who pops through a simple six-pointer from the goal square under no pressure
Q1 24 MIN, STK 18 WB 38
Stringer bursts through the Savage and Fisher tackles, takes two bounces, runs to the goal square and dribbles it through! WHAT. A. GOAL!!
Q4 22 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 148
Grigg's set shot from 50m out on a tough angle goes across the face of goal.
There is one late change at Patersons Stadium.
And it's a big one! Mark LeCras is out, Dom Sheed is in
Sheed (West Coast) and Clint Young (Collingwood) are the subs.
Q4 21 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 147
Brad Crouch boots it to Walker who marks strongly in front of Merrett.
From 45m out on a 50-degree angle, Walker boots his fourth goal of the quarter and his sixth for the match!
Q4 19 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 141
Jenkins' set shot from 50m out on a 50-degree angle falls short but Jacobs is allowed to take the pack mark!
Jacobs is brought around on a very tough angle and his snap shot goes across the face and bounces out of bounds off a Lions player.
Q1 19 MIN, STK 18 WB 31
Stringer's weighted pass to Crameri is outstanding.
Crameri runs back with the flight of the ball with Gwilt on his hammer but still takes the easy chest mark.
He then runs into the goal square and bangs it home from point-blank range.
Q4 16 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 141
Brodie Martin roves the pack and snaps another one for Adelaide from the goal square.
This is becoming embarrassing for the Lions, the Crows are scoring at will.
Q1 15 MIN, STK 18 WB 25
Bontempelli takes a bounces, kicks it to Cooney and the 2008 Brownlow Medalist outmarks Savage.
From 35m out on a slight angle, Cooney makes no mistake.
Q4 14 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 135
Bewick's kick-in is horrible, it's intercepterd by Brodie Martin, Walker collects the crumbs and snaps his fifth goal from 20m out
Q4 13 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 128
Jacobs dishes it off to Walker who lines up from 45m out in front and splits the big ones!
Walker now has four goals.
Q4 12 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 122
Sloane becomes Adelaide's fifth multiple goalkicker
Q1 12 MIN, STK 18 WB 19
The ball spills free from the pack, Bruce finds himself in the unfamiliar role of rover and snaps truly from 25m out under pressure! That's great play from the big man!
Q1 11 MIN, STK 12 WB 19
Curren accepts the pass unattended in the goal square and registers an easy six-pointer
Q4 9 MIN, BL 63 ADEL 116
Stefan Martin handpasses it to Crisp who slots his third major from 30m out
Q4 8 MIN, BL 57 ADEL 116
Dangerfield has now gone down to the rooms with that right knee injury
Q4 8 MIN, BL 57 ADEL 116
Aish dishes it off to Zorko and he bangs it home on the run from 40m out
Q4 7 MIN, BL 51 ADEL 116
Dangerfield is limping from the ground with a possible right knee complaint
Q1 6 MIN, STK 6 WB 18
Stringer runs onto the loose ball from the stoppage and dribbles it home from point-blank range.
That's three goals in a row in quick time for the Dogs.
Q4 6 MIN, BL 51 ADEL 116
Brad Crouch's kick forward is beautiful and Walker takes the mark over the top
From 25m out in front, Walker's set shot goes straight through the middle. He now has three goals
Q4 4 MIN, BL 51 ADEL 110
Debutant Newman takes a very strong mark and from 35m out on an acute angle, his set shot misses to the left
Q4 4 MIN, STK 6 WB 12
Crameri's ambitious snap shot from deep in the pocket while being tackled falls short but Picken runs onto the loose ball and toepokes it home from a few metres out!
Q4 3 MIN, STK 6 WB 6
Campbell marks strongly in front of Delaney and his set shot from 25m out directly in front goes straight over the goal umpire's hat
Q4 2 MIN, STK 6 WB 0
Newnes roves the pack beautifully and snaps truly from 15m out
The line between optimism and delusion is very fine!
3QTR Time we trail 7.7.49 - 16.14.110. If we come back from this it’ll break our own record for biggest margin at 3qtr time #AFLLionsCrows— Brisbane Lions (@brisbanelions) August 10, 2014
BRIS.LIONS 4.0, 6.3, 7.7 (49)
ADELAIDE 6.3, 12.11, 16.14 (110)
Bris.Lions: Crisp 2, Green 2, McStay, Mayes, Rockliff
Adelaide: Lynch 2, Martin 2, Betts 2, Walker 2, Jacobs, Dangerfield, Jaensch, Wright, Sloane, Lyons, Jenkins, Cameron
Bris.Lions: Rockliff 29, Hanley 22, Martin 21
Adelaide: Wright 22, Sloane 21, Lyons 20
Q3 27 MIN, BL 49 ADEL 110
Stefan Martin's rushed shot on goal from 35m out on a tight angle misses
Q3 25 MIN, BL 47 ADEL 110
Harwood goes short to Rockliff whose set shot from 50m out on a 45-degree angle splits the big sticks.
And that is Brisbane's first goal for the quarter.
Q3 24 MIN, BL 41 ADEL 110
The scoreboard isn't the only place where Brisbane have copped a wallopping. Adelaide lead the clearances 35-21, contested possessions 113-78 and tackles 52-34
Q3 22 MIN, BL 41 ADEL 110
Betts handballs it to Cameron whose snap shot from 25m out is a floater and drifts through for a point
Q3 20 MIN, BL 41 ADEL 109
Betts drags Merrett to ground and pings the big Lion for holding the ball.
From 50m out on a very tough angle, Betts chips it beautifully to Walker in the pocket.
Walker lines them up from 30m out on a very tight angle but he makes no mistake!
Q3 16 MIN, BL 41 ADEL 103
Henderson centres it to Jenkins who was infringed front on by Maguire.
Cameron accepts the advantage and snaps a ripper from 10m out on a slight angle while being tackled.
Amazing effort this by Adelaide considering they are down a rotation in very hot conditions.
They actually look like they have more energy than the Lions who theoretically should be advantaged by the extra man
Adelaide have booted 14 of the last 17 goals.
Q3 15 MIN, BL 41 ADEL 97
Leading disposals: Rockliff 22, Hanley 20, Lyons 18, Sloane 17, Wright 17, S.Martin 17
Q3 13 MIN, BL 41 ADEL 97
Patfull drops the mark, Betts collects the crumbs and handballs it to Jenkins who strolls into the goal square all by himself
Adelaide have now booted 13 of the last 16 goals
Q3 13 MIN, BL 41 ADEL 91
Zorko is pinged for holding the ball by Grigg on the wing.
Grigg's pass to Betts is an absolute beauty and it hits the ex-Blue right on the chest.
From 40m out on a slight angle, Betts' set shot misses to the left.
Q3 11 MIN, BL 41 ADEL 90
Grigg throws the ball at centre-half back and Mayes wins the free kick.
Mayes goes wide to Paparone whose chip pass finds Bewick.
From 50m out on a slight angle, Bewick pushes his set shot to the right.
Q3 10 MIN, BL 40 ADEL 90
Mackay chips it to an unmanned Cameron.
From 40m out on a 45-degree angle, Cameron's set shot goes across the face.
Q3 8 MIN, BL 40 ADEL 89
Mayes and Rockliff combine to get it to Adcock whose shot on goal from 40m out is punched through for a rushed behind
Q3 6 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 89
Jacobs kicks it to Jenkins who gives it off to Sloane and his long kick forward is marked strongly by Lyons against Bewick.
From 10m out on a slight angle, Lyons' set shot goes straight through and it's going to be very tough for Brisbane now.
Adelaide have booted 12 of the last 15 goals.
Q3 4 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 83
Sloane chips it to Walker who handballs it Wright but his kick to the top of the goal square from 50m out goes straight to Robertson
Q3 3 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 83
Taylor's pass to Green is spoiled by Brad Crouch and we'll have a throw-in 35m around from Brisbane's goal
Q3 3 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 83
Walker is infringed by Merrett in the marking contest outside Adealide's 50m arc
Q3 2 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 83
Mayes chips it to Maguire who kicks it short to Stefan Martin.
Martin spots up Rockliff and he passes it to Close on the 50m line but Close's next kick is not good as Dangerfield chops off the centring kick.
Adelaide assistant coach Mark Bickley says the prognosis is very positive for Tom Lynch but unfortunately it sounds like Andy Otten has done a serious knee injury.
Jackson Macrae warms up before the Bulldogs' clash with St Kilda at Etihad Stadium
BRIS.LIONS 4.0, 6.3 (39)
ADELAIDE 6.3, 12.11 (83)
Bris.Lions: Crisp 2, Green 2, McStay, Mayes
Adelaide: Lynch 2, Martin 2, Jacobs, Walker, Dangerfield, Betts, Jaensch, Wright, Sloane
Bris.Lions: Rockliff 16, Hanley 15, Martin 14, Patfull 13
Adelaide: Lyons 16, Sloane 13, B.Crouch 12, Dangerfield 12
Q2 39 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 83
Dangerfield runs to 50m out but he misses to the right
Q2 38 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 82
Betts' soccer attempt from 35m out bounces through! What a goal!
Adelaide have kicked 11 of the last 14 goals!
Q2 38 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 76
Dangerfield spoils Robertson and it goes out for a throw-in on centre wing
Q2 36 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 76
Maguire leaves the ground with a cut above his right eye
Q2 36 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 76
Douglas' set shot from 50m out on a 45-degree angle is punched through for a rushed behind
Q2 35 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 75
Walker pings Robertson in the middle of the ground for holding the ball.
Dangerfield takes the advantage and passes it to Cameron who spots up Brad Crouch in the forward pocket.
Crouch has a shot on goal from 20m out but misses!
Q2 33 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 74
A chain of handballs involving Betts, Mackay, Jenkins and Betts again ends up with Sloane who snaps truly from 30m out on a slight angle
Q2 31 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 68
Sloane is taken high and wins the free kick.
He sends a long ball to the hot spot, it hits the pack and falls to ground where Wright is waiting.
He pounces and dribbles through a lovely goal.
Q2 29 MIN, BL 39 ADEL 62
Green outbodies Brown, runs onto the loose ball in the goal square and soccers through a clever goal
Meanwhile, Otten appears to have suffered a serious right knee injury and is being stretchered off.
More bad injury news for the Crows after Lynch was subbed out earlier in the quarter with a neck injury.
Adelaide already down to two rotations in 24C heat with more than a half to go.
That should surely play into Brisbane's hands.
Q2 27 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 62
Betts handballs it to Douglas who gets a shot on goal away while being tackled but he can't splits the big sticks under that pressure
Q2 26 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 61
Walker shrugs off Clarke on the wing and kicks it to Cameron who gets rid of McStay after the Lion fell to ground too easily.
Cameron handballs it back to Walker who switches to Talia.
Talia goes sideways to Jaensch and he unloads a bomb from 50m out!
Q2 25 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 55
Adelaide continue to dominate clearances (21-14), contested possessions (67-50) and tackles (34-26)
Q2 24 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 55
Gardiner gives a hot handball to Robertson who is wrapped up by Brodie Martin on Brisbane's 50m line
Q2 23 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 55
Encouraging news from the Adelaide rooms: Lynch has movement in his arms and legs and is speaking.
Q2 21 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 55
Jenkins pings Stefan Martin for holding the ball and sends a long ball forward which is marked strongly by Brodie Martin.
From 20m out on a slight angle, the Crow bangs home his second major.
Adelaide have now opened up a game-high 22-point lead.
Q2 21 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 49
Leading disposals: Rockliff 14, Lyons 12, B.Crouch 11, Hanley 11
Q2 20 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 49
Walker handballs it over the top to Brodie Martin whose shot on goal from a tight angle in the pocket misses to the right
Q2 18 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 48
Freeman sidesteps a would-be tackler impressively but his shot on goal from 30m out in front goes out on the full
Q2 17 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 48
Betts is taken high by Harwood in the marking contest and earns the free kick.
From 45m out on a slight angle, Betts ensures the goal umpire doesn't move.
Q2 16 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 42
After a long delay, Walker takes the set shot and from 45m out on a slight angle, he misses to the left.
Q2 14 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 41
The trainers are being extra cautious with Lynch and are taking their time in removing him form the field.
Paramedics are also on the field, so this is a very worrying sight.
Let's hope Lynch is okay. You hate to see this.
Q2 12 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 41
Lynch ducks his head and is tackled by Clarke.
He was probably a little fortunate to be paid the free kick but Lynch appears to be in a lot of trouble.
Lynch is being stretchered off and the neck is the concern. Trainers have applied a neck brace to Lynch as well.
Clarke is also injured and is coming from the ground
Q2 8 MIN, BL 33 ADEL 41
Green kicks it to Bewick on the wing who kicks it long to Maguire.
Maguire loads up from 50m out on a tough angle, the defender's kick is a really good one but it hits the post!
Q2 7 MIN, BL 32 ADEL 41
Dangerfield sends it long to the Walker direction but Clarke brilliantly spoils it and it goes out of bounds for a throw-in 20m around from Adelaide's goal.
Q2 6 MIN, BL 32 ADEL 41
Walker's hurried shot on goal from 35m out misses by a long way
Q2 6 MIN, BL 32 ADEL 40
Stefan Martin sidesteps a would-be tackler and from 40m out his shot on goal bounces to the left of the left goal post
There are no late changes at Etihad Stadium.
Brodie Murdoch (St Kilda) and Lachie Hunter (Bulldogs) are the subs.
Q2 4 MIN, BL 31 ADEL 40
Jacobs and Brad Crouch get it to Jaensch who unloads from 50m out on a 45-degree angle but misses to the left
Q2 2 MIN, BL 31 ADEL 39
Crisp dishes it off to Rockliff who chips it to Close.
From 40m out on a slight angle, Close misses to the right.
Meanwhile, Zorko limps from the ground.
Q2 0 MIN, BL 30 ADEL 39
Hanley's centring kick clears the contest and goes out the back to the waiting Mayes.
Mayes sizes them up and his snap shot for goal from 20m out is on the money!
BRIS.LIONS 4.0 (24)
ADELAIDE 6.3 (39)
Bris.Lions: Crisp 2, McStay, Green
Adelaide: Lynch 2, Jacobs, Walker, Dangerfield, Martin
Bris.Lions: Gardiner 8, Patfull 8
Adelaide: B.Crouch 8, Lynch 8, Lyons 8, Sloane 8
What a cracking first quarter that was!
No fewer than 10 goals were scored and if that rate continues, we are in for one memorable match.
The Lions started the game full of beans, they took ownership of the centre corridor and were rewarded with three of the first four goals and an 11-point lead.
It looked as though the Crows hadn’t come to play and were possibly headed for another devastating loss given how much is at stake for them today.
A win for Adelaide will see them re-enter the top eight.
And it appeared that fact finally sunk in midway through the first term as the Crows woke up to pile on five of the last six goals and take a comfortable 15-point lead at the first change.
Adelaide have been great at the stoppages with more clearances (14-8) and at the clinches with more contested possessions (44-32) and tackles (19-17).
All of that has seen the Crows also get on top in inside 50s (16-13) and with more attacking threats than the Lions, if that trend continues Brisbane will find it hard to register a win today.
Q1 32 MIN, BL 24 ADEL 39
Hanley has only had four handballs so far and no kicks
Q1 32 MIN, BL 24 ADEL 39
Brodie Martin pounces on the loose ball, runs to 50m out and from a very tight angle he slams it home! Brilliant stuff!
Q1 31 MIN, BL 24 ADEL 33
Dangerfield takes the intercept mark from Rockliff's attempted clearing kick.
From 50m out on a 50-degree angle, the Adelaide superstar's set shot goes straight through the middle. What a class act.
Q1 30 MIN, BL 24 ADEL 27
Jenkins takes the big pack mark and from 40m out on a slight angle, his set shot started left and stayed left
Q1 27 MIN, BL 24 ADEL 26
Green collects the loose ball in the forward pocket, spins around Brown, runs along the boundary line, manages to keep the ball in, gets to the goal line and boots home a brilliant six-pointer!
Q1 27 MIN, BL 18 ADEL 26
Last 10 minutes: Adelaide have had 20 more disposals and booted the last three goals
Q1 26 MIN, BL 18 ADEL 26
Harwood's kick from the back pocket goes straight to Jacobs and the Adelaide ruckman chips it to Lynch.
From 40m out on a 45-degree angle, Lynch floats it through for his second major.
Q1 24 MIN, BL 18 ADEL 20
Lynch dishes it off to Lyons whose shot on goal from 50m out is off line and marked by Harwood.
Q1 24 MIN, BL 18 ADEL 20
Cameron's snap from 40m out on a tough angle under pressure misses to the left
Q1 23 MIN, BL 18 ADEL 19
Betts' centring kick is perfect and Walker marks strongly against Clarke.
From 40m out directly in front, Walker makes no mistake.
Q1 21 MIN, BL 18 ADEL 13
A chain of handballs involving Adcock, Taylor and Aish ends up with Green who kicks it in the Merrett direction but Luke Thompson chops it off and it goes out for a throw-in 35m around from Brisbane's goal
Q1 19 MIN, BL 18 ADEL 13
Leading disposals: Zorko 7, Patfull 7, B.Crouch 7, Maguire 6, Mayes 6
Q1 18 MIN, BL 18 ADEL 13
Walker handballs it into the path of Lynch and the ex-Saint snaps truly from 15m out
Q1 17 MIN, BL 18 ADEL 7
Walker's shot on goal goes out on the full! They seem to be off their game, the Crows
Q1 16 MIN, BL 18 ADEL 7
Zorko handballs it to Crisp who takes two bounces up the corridor, runs to 45m out and bangs home another one!
Worrying signs for Adelaide, they are giving Brisbane too much latitude up the middle.
Q1 13 MIN, BL 12 ADEL 7
Taylor chips it to Rockliff whose short pass to Crisp is superb.
From 50m out directly in front, Crisp's set shot is on line but falls short.
However, McStay takes a huge leap and takes a brilliant mark over Jacobs in the goal square!
From point-blank range, McStay pops it through!
He looks like a good kid, McStay.
Q1 11 MIN, BL 6 ADEL 7
Cameron wraps up Harwood in the middle of the ground! He's gone for all money! But the umpire puts the whistle away! What does Cameron have to do??
Q1 10 MIN, BL 6 ADEL 7
Adcock loads up from 40m out in front but it's off line and goes out for a throw-in next to the Lions' behind post
Q1 8 MIN, BL 6 ADEL 7
Wright's quick snap from 20m out under pressure is punched through for a rushed behind
Q1 6 MIN, BL 6 ADEL 6
Cameron took a bounce down the wing, attempted a second one but couldn't control it this time and it ends up out of bounds!
Q1 5 MIN, BL 6 ADEL 6
Jacobs bends over, collects the loose ball from the throw-in and snaps truly from 20m out! Great dexterity from the Adelaide ruckman!
Q1 4 MIN, BL 6 ADEL 0
Jenkins being attended to after copping a big hit to his face
Q1 2 MIN, BL 6 ADEL 0
Crisp completes a magnificent team goal on the run from 40m out!
It came on the end of a chain of six Brisbane handballs that originated in defence and carried on through right up the corridor
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson has just given the AFL a bit of a clip on Fox Footy!
He questioned how much they care about player safety given it's such a hot day up in Brisbane yet interchanges haven't been increased from 120 and the quarter-by-quarter breaks haven't been made longer.
The expected max in Brisbane today is 24C.
Very warm up here at the Gabba. The sunscreen is out! @rorysloane9 #gocrows pic.twitter.com/6QnJebEt6l — Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) August 10, 2014
Sloaney and Matty Jaensch with an unorthodox pre-game handshake/fist bump #gocrows pic.twitter.com/nQzoXxRMhh — Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) August 10, 2014
Adelaide players limbering up ahead of their potentially season-defining match
Eddie Betts and sub Mitch Grigg check out the beautiful Gabba conditions
Sam Mayes, Rohan Bewick and Daniel McStay go through their paces before the big game
Congratulations to Jonathan Freeman who makes his debut today. He received his jumper from one of the club's all-time greats Simon Black.
And the Lions will be very happy that Scott Thompson is out injured with a hamstring.
In his last four games against the Lions, Thompson has averaged 34.3 disposals, 15 contested possessions and 8.5 clearances!
Incredibly, this is the first time Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions have played each other in 491 days!
The last time they met was in Round 2 last year.
The Lions are aiming for three wins a row for the first time in over a year but the Crows have everything to play for.
Thanks to defeats inflicted on Essendon and Gold Coast, if Adelaide beat Brisbane they will re-enter the top eight.
There are no late changes at the Gabba.
Paparone (Lions) and Grigg (Crows) are the starting subs.
Welcome to another huge edition of AFL Express!
We have two matches that will affect the lower reaches of the top eight and another game that pays tribute to a modern-day legend.
So the next seven hours promise to provide non-stop action!
Our first stop is the Gabba where the plucky Brisbane Lions host Adelaide.
At 3.20pm (AEST), St Kilda take on the Western Bulldogs in a match that will serve as a celebration of retiring champion Lenny Hayes.
And the twilight fixture is an intriguing battle between the resurgent Eagles and eighth-placed Magpies at Patersons Stadium.