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Tigers fade after dogged effort against Crows
By Katrina Gill 7:21 PM Sun 09 May, 2010

Adelaide          3.0      5.3    7.9   15.14    (104)
Richmond        3.3       6.5    6.10   7.12    (54)
Adelaide: Tippett 4, Porplyzia 3, McLeod 2, Douglas 2, Doughty, Johncock, Thompson, Petrenko
Richmond: Nahas 2, Riewoldt 2, White, Edwards, Tuck
Adelaide: McLeod, Maric, Johncock, Van Berlo, Tippett
Richmond: Edwards, Moore, Tuck, Cotchin, Deledio, Nahas
Adelaide: Douglas (ribs), Johncock (arm)
Richmond: Farmer replaced in selected side by McGuane
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Dean Margetts, Heath Ryan, Michael Avon
Official crowd: 31,196 at  AAMI Stadium


RICHMOND fought doggedly before fading to a 50-point loss against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

The Tigers led at half time and levelled the scores in the final term before the Crows piled on eight unanswered goals to win 15.14 (104) to 7.12 (54).

The scoreline flattered the Crows, who made fewer mistakes in a poor quality match and capitalised as the Tigers wilted in the final 20 minutes.

Scores were level when forward Jack Riewoldt bagged his second goal in the opening minutes of the final term, but consecutive majors to Crows Michael Doughty, Graham Johncock and Richard Douglas were enough to break the visitors’ spirit.

Adelaide’s breakthrough win was soured by a serious arm injury to the in-form Johncock.

Kurt Tippett (four), Jason Porplyzia (three) and Andrew McLeod and Douglas (two) all booted multiple goals for the home side, while Riewoldt (two) and Robin Nahas (two) combined to kick half of Richmond’s score.

Shane Edwards (23 disposals and six clearances), Trent Cotchin (18 disposals) and Nahas battled hard for the Tigers.

The Crows could have iced the game in the third quarter, but failed to capitalise on their dominance.

The home side had 12 inside 50s to Richmond’s seven in the third term but managed a return of just 2.6.

The Tigers were also wasteful in perfect conditions, spraying five behinds at the other end of the ground.

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Stats: Tigers vs Crows
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2010, 04:32:25 AM »
Team Stats

Disposals       318 - 357
Efficiency%      73 - 76
Kicks             191 - 211
Handball        127 - 146
Con. Marks        9 - 12
Uncon. Marks   91 - 100
Tackles           76 - 67
Clearances      35 - 38
Clangers         39 - 38
Hitouts           25 - 58  :P  ( Maric 37, Tippett 14 // Vickery 18, Polak 4 )
Frees              15 - 17
Con. Possies   110 - 103
Uncon.Possies 205 - 254
Inside 50s        31 - 53  :P
Assists              6 - 19

Individual Stats

player      D EFF% K H G B CM UM T CL C 

Deledio, B      24 71 16   8 0 0 0   9   0 0 1
Edwards, S     23 65 14   9 1 2 1   3   2 6 0 
Moore, K        23 83 14   9 0 1 0 11   4 0 1 
Tuck, S          22 82 10 12 1 0 0   9   6 1 4 
Jackson, D     19 74 11   8 0 0 0   4 12 7 3
Martin, D       19 53 13   6 0 0 0   1   2 5 5
Cotchin, T      18 61 10   8 0 1 1   2   7 3 2 
McGuane, L    17 88   8   9 0 0 1   4   2 0 1 
Tambling, R   16 88 10   6 0 0 0    9  4 0 1 
Collins, A      14 79   8   6 0 0 0   3   3 0 3 
Newman, C    14 86   9  5 0 0 0   4   4 1 2 
Webberley, J  14 64 12  2 0 0 0   4   2 0 1 
Thursfield, W 13 92   9  4 0 0 0   7   2 0 0 
Nason, B       12 75   7  5 0 0 0   3   3 0 3 
Polak, G        12 58   8  4 0 1 0   6   4 1 2 
Polo, D         12 58   5   7 0 0 0  1    1 1 1 
Nahas, R       11 55   7  4 2 2 0   3   5 2 1 
Rance, A         9 67   5  4 0 1 1   1   3 2 2 
Riewoldt, J      8 88   7  1 2 0 2   3   3 1 2 
Vickery, T        8 88  1  7 0 0 1   1   2 5 1 
Astbury, D       5 80  2  3 0 0 1   2   2 0 2 
White, M         5 60  5  0 1 1 1   1   3 0 1

player FF FA CP UP I50 A   

Deledio, B      0 0   3 20 4 0   
Edwards, S     2 0 10 13 1 1   
Moore, K        2 1   6 17 2 0   
Tuck, S          0 3   6 17 0 0   
Jackson, D     2 2   9   9 6 1   
Martin, D       1 3   8 14 4 0   
Cotchin, T      2 0   9  8 1 0   
McGuane, L    0 1   7  9 0 0   
Tambling, R   0 0   2 14 0 0   
Collins, A      1 1   5   9 2 0   
Newman, C    0 1   2 10 0 0   
Webberley, J  1 0   1 13 2 0   
Thursfield, W 0 0   2 10 0 0   
Nason, B       0 1   3   9 2 0   
Polak, G        1 0   5   7 1 1   
Polo, D         1 0   5   6 0 0   
Nahas, R       0 0   6  6 1 1   
Rance, A       1 1   5  4 0 0   
Riewoldt, J    0 0   5  3 1 0   
Vickery, T      1 1   7  1 0 1   
Astbury, D     0 1   3  2 1 0   
White, M       0 1   1  4 3 1

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Crows cash in on Tiger fade-out (Age)
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2010, 04:35:09 AM »
Crows cash in on Tiger fade-out
May 10, 2010


AFTER a week of calls for Adelaide's "old-timers" to be pensioned off, 33-year-old Simon Goodwin led his side to a dramatic last-quarter revival to beat Richmond by 50 points at AAMI Stadium.

His performance, and the Crows' eight-goals to nothing finish, said a lot about their character that had not been tested more in their 20 seasons in the AFL, leaving Richmond bottom and in a sad plight.

Three cheers for the Crows for remembering their club song, but as much as their finish was praiseworthy, a wise old man once said that no one remembers how a game was won or lost, just who won.

In this case, it is important to note that for three quarters Richmond looked as if it was actually moving forward in its rebuilding phase, and Adelaide was still its pitiful self like it had been this season.

But after levelling the scores minutes into the last quarter, it was like Richmond waved a proverbial white flag. It had worked so hard, when out of the blue a Richard Douglas tackle on the outer wing led to an easy Adelaide goal and suddenly the whole game swung. And it kept swinging; "We're the pride of South Australia", they sang.

But Adelaide's ills are far from over. Better signs, but not over. For most part the Crows were terrible; indecisive, still handballing far too much in the stoppages, and not attacking with enough penetrating kicks.

Other ageing stars, Andrew McLeod, who was terrific, Tyson Edwards, who was solid, and Brett Burton, who was again disappointing, just can't kick 50 metres like they used to, and it does lessen the attack's potency.

The great news is that Adelaide's barn-storming finish may have revitalised the passion; that free-flowing game that has been sorely missing during its disastrous 0-6 start largely contributed to a long injury list.

Whether the lift in attitude is maintained, starting with North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Saturday remains to be seen, but it is a start.

Kurt Tippett seemed frustrated early, but finished with four goals, and Jason Porplyzia also worked his way into better form.

A big turnaround in the game was Adelaide's contested ball. At half-time Richmond had 20 more contested possessions and 23 more disposals, but at the end of the game the Tigers had only eight more contested possessions and 39 fewer disposals.

But what of Richmond? Again, the record books will show 0-7 and another heavy loss, but as much as its fans will be agonising over this battle of the cellar-dwellers, there was a lot to like about the Tigers for three quarters.

For so long the Tigers looked dangerous, especially with Brett Deledio, Trent Cotchin and Shane Tuck playing superbly in defence. And if spirit was needed, it came with some fleeting moments of brilliance from Mr Courageous, Graham Polak, in his first AFL game for the season.

But, of course, all those quality moments in a game that you wouldn't write home about even on Mother's Day, like that 60-metre kick from the back line by Dustin Martin that led to Richmond's last score, all dispersed with the dramatic fade-out.

Not an unfamiliar story this season, but to stifle Adelaide for so long, especially when a disappointing crowd of 31,196 were wanting blood,was an encouraging sign for Richmond.

Brett Burton (Adelaide): The Crows' most senior players were under media pressure during the week, perhaps none more than Brett Burton who had a "shocker" against Port Adelaide. He struggled again yesterday, obviously lacking confidence. His kicks weren't penetrating and he was unable to take good marks.

Brett Deledio (Richmond): Deledio played nearly all of the game in defence, and for most part did an excellent job, finishing with 24 disposals. He held the defence together for three quarters, but ultimately his earlier quality play was brushed aside when the Crows stormed home.

For three quarters Adelaide seemed to play without any belief. It was always within a kick, but never really in control. Ultimately, it was rewarded for hard work in the last quarter when a few goals on the run turned the Crows into the mindset of old. It wasn't a great win, but a sign they are far from being the worst side in the league.

Sounds so simple, but Richmond seemed to wave the white flag in the last quarter. After working so hard for three quarters, the Tigers couldn't sustain the effort. They allowed Adelaide's out-of-form players to gain confidence when it counted most.

Adelaide: Goodwin, Johncock, van Berlo, Thompson, McLeod, Douglas.
Richmond: Deledio, Martin, Tuck, Cotchin, Edwards, Moore.

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Quarter by quarter: Crows v Tigers (Age)
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2010, 04:36:39 AM »
Quarter by quarter: Crows v Tigers
May 10, 2010
First quarter

Richmond's early intensity was terrific, but it wasn't reflected on the scoreboard. Adelaide took 16 minutes to goal – from a free kick — but when Jason Porplyzia crumbed well and goaled the Crows took the lead. The Tigers persisted. Yet another mistake at a clearance saw them kick their second goal, but Andrew McLeod answered for Adelaide. Robin Nahas put Richmond in front at the change. Not a pretty game, but this was 15th v 16th. Tigers by 3 points

Second quarter

Richmond niggled and rattled the Crows from the opening bounce of the second term and was raising doubts in their minds. The Tigers' work-rate was exceptional, but the willingness to take risks often caused turnovers. Yet, Adelaide was not good enough to take control. Richmond was inspired by some brilliance of Nahas, especially when he kicked his second goal at the 23-minute mark to give the visitors an eight-point lead. Tigers by eight

Third quarter

Richmond had 20 more contested possessions in the first half, and Adelaide knew it had to lift its work-rate to have any chance. The Crows certainly raised the tempo, and after some early-term misses seized a seven-point lead with goals from Kurt Tippett and Andrew McLeod. Richmond had placed itself in this precarious position before, and again needed to respond with goals to stem the flow. But the Tigers managed just five behinds for the quarter. Crows by five

Fourth quarter

Richmond hit the front two minutes into the last term when Dustin Martin kicked 60 metres to Jack Riewoldt, who won a one-on-one contest with Ben Rutten. But the turning point came with a great tackle by Richard Douglas, turning over the ball for Adelaide resulting in a goal to Michael Doughty. And the goals kept coming – the Crows kicking the last eight goals of the game to record an easy win. Adelaide wins by 50.

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Richmond misses prove costly in loss to Adelaide (Herald-Sun)
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2010, 04:37:58 AM »
Richmond misses prove costly in loss to Adelaide
Steve Larkin
Herald Sun
May 09, 2010 10:55PM

A VALIANT Richmond pushed Adelaide for three-and-half quarters before a late flurry of goals gave the Crows their first win of the season at AAMI Stadium.

The Tigers led at halftime and fought doggedly to level scores early in the fourth quarter, before the Crows slammed on the final eight goals of the match in a withering 15-minute burst.

The Crows began their run with four goals in a game-breaking 10 minutes to seal victory in front of 31,196 spectators.

That purple patch featured a fine snap by Graham Johncock, which capped a superb game from the dashing defender. However, his day was soured when he left the field with a suspected broken arm late in the game.

But as much as the final quarter fadeout hurt the Tigers, so too did the wasteful third term of 0.5 to Adelaide's 2.6 as the game tightened.

Adelaide also achieve a first on the scoreboard last night: its first 100-plus score this season after averaging just 63 points in its previous six games.

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Crows forward Kurt Tippett kicked four goals, Jason Porplyzia three. Robin Nahas and Jack Riewoldt both kicked two for the Tigers.

Johncock and McLeod were linchpins of many attacking drives from Adelaide, and the Crows needed them against the desperate Tigers.

Richmond matched their hosts for all but the final 20 minutes, with emerging players Nahas, Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin and Shane Edwards all prominent.

Richmond led for most of the first half after a spirited opening of a scrappy encounter in which pressure rather than precision was a feature.

Ultimately, Adelaide's record-ending win was achieved on the back of Richmond's errors in the last term.

Midfielder Richard Douglas' tackle on Matt White on the wing for a holding-the-ball free kick in the seventh minute and a handball turnover from Richard Tambling in the 13th set up defenders Michael Doughty and Johncock to score consecutive goals - and give Adelaide a double-figure lead for the first time in the game.

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Dramatic collapse leaves Richmond slumped in a heap (Age)
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2010, 04:39:37 AM »
Dramatic collapse leaves Richmond slumped in a heap
May 10, 2010

ADELAIDE won the battle, so rather than the last man standing, Richmond is left as the last club sitting down, or slumped in a heap, to be more precise.

Neil Craig's Crows got their first points on the board with a 50-point defeat leaving the Tigers lonely at the bottom of the ladder, winless after seven rounds.

Richmond did its best to defy the odds and critics to lead at half-time. Level seven minutes into the last quarter, Richmond were on the verge of breaking through against a wobbly, hesitant Adelaide.

But then came a collapse that infuriated Tigers coach Damien Hardwick.

Adelaide booted eight consecutive goals to finish the match with a withering 25-minute burst.

''For the first three quarters, we couldn't fault us - our endeavour, our attack on the man was really good,'' Hardwick said. ''But we were really disappointed with the last quarter, no doubt.''

Hardwick blamed mental deficiencies rather than physical for the alarming fade-out, although six of Adelaide's final-term goals came from Richmond turnovers.

''We try to really be positive but there is some stuff in the game that we need to iron out,'' he said.

''Our composure was poor from about halfway through the third quarter, and particularly in the last. I thought our pressure was outstanding for three quarters. It fell away, and it is something that we need to work on. Mentally, I thought our boys switched off; they thought someone else was going to do it, so we will address that, doing the work.''

Adelaide's win came at a price with key defender Graham Johncock likely to be sidelined for a long period with a shoulder injury.

In only his fourth game back from a broken thumb, he was one of the best players on ground when he hurt his A/C joint. It continues Adelaide's run of injuries, although it might be relieved with the return of forward Chris Knights (foot) and Patrick Dangerfield (broken hand) over the next two or three weeks.

Coach Craig was relatively low-key given the weight of pressure that has been on the club, much as he has been during the Crows' abysmal 0-6 start.

"I would like to think that if people who have been inside our football club the last six weeks came out again tomorrow or Tuesday, they wouldn't notice much difference in terms of the attitude and the way we go about it," Craig said.

He praised his players for being willing to take risks, none more than Michael Doughty, who ran from the back line and, with a goal, sparked a great eight-goal revival. "That's the way we need to play," said Craig.

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Adelaide finally gets its first win (Australian)
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2010, 04:42:02 AM »
Adelaide finally gets its first win
Andrew Faulkner
The Australian
May 10, 2010

A CITY sighed with relief when Adelaide had its first win of the season last night, leaving its opponent, Richmond as the only club to taste victory.
The Crows managed to exert just enough pressure yesterday -- though nowhere near as much as has been piled on them by their fans across the past six weeks of barren, winless pain -- to overwhelm the Tigers by 50 points in Adelaide.

But Richmond gave the home side a major scare. The Crows pulled away in the last term, kicking eight goals to one, after the scores were level early in the quarter.

But by no means are the Crows back in form. It was an ugly contest yesterday, befitting teams 15 and 16 on the ladder.

The at-times listless Crows committed turnover after painful turnover and were beaten in the clinches by more committed opponents.

Retired Crows champion Mark Ricciuto declared in Adelaide this week the Crows' fans would burn down AAMI Stadium if they lost to the Tigers. Well, there were no signs of smoke as the fuming fans filed out of the arena last night, but sit back and listen to the spotfires crackling on Adelaide talkback radio this week.

Adelaide's faithful are unlikely to be placated by one quarter of football, after three quarters of frustration. Based on the first three quarters, the Crows can not only write off any finals aspirations, they remain in contention for the wooden spoon.

By half-time, when the Tigers led by eight points, the Crows lagged 64-44 in the contested possession count -- a weak point in Adelaide's game this season. Its much-vaunted forward line delivered just five goals before the main break.

Jason Porplyzia was the lone shining light with two for the half on his way to three for the game.

Brett Burton was hardly sighted and Kurt Tippett was well-held by the disciplined Tigers defenders.

Tippett broke free in the opening minutes of the third to mark twice and his second goal put the Crows in front by a point.

Then Burton joined in by finding space to provide another path to goal.

And when Andrew McLeod slotted a high-pressure goal from long range a few minutes later, Adelaide seemed to at last be on its way.

But still the Tigers kept scrapping to remain within five points at the last break. At the seven minute mark of the last term, Michael Doughty found a paddock to stroll into goal, and Graham Johncock's snap two minutes later opened a 12-point lead.

After a few more ugly forays, Richard Douglas settled the contest with a 45m set shot. And the ensuing Adelaide avalanche can be written off as a junk-time celebration.

McLeod was high in the Crows' best, while Bernie Vince and Nathan van Berlo showed they were on the path back to full form.

While the expectations at Adelaide were sky-high this season, only the most optimistic Tigers were dreaming about anything other than a bottom four finish.

The Tigers were willing but not able. They worked as hard as their opponents -- probably harder -- and shaded the Crows in contested possessions and tackles.

Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards and Brett Deledio won the ball in close and tallied up good numbers.

But in general the Tigers were too hesitant with the ball.

Too often a running player streaming into open space would instead stop in his tracks and call for the ball flat-footed.

But their long-suffering fans can be proud of the way their players gave their all.

They just lacked the experience and, more importantly confidence, to finish the job.