12.12 (84)
6.12 (48)
Adelaide Oval


The finals kick off with a Thursday night blockbuster for the second year in a row. This year, the best team of the home and away season, Adelaide, take on the pre-season premiership favourites in GWS.

The Crows were brilliant during the home and away season, but still have question marks over them in finals, while the Giants finally have a near full list to choose from following an injury ravaged season.

Adelaide gave the Giants a lesson in round one, bringing the flag favourites back down to earth a thud thanks to a 56-point thumping.

Finals is a different game and will be played at a frenetic pace. Both sides possess potent forward lines, but lot will hinge on the midfield battle, with Rory Sloane looming as a key figure.

The star Crows’ mid has surgery during the week to remove his appendix and is touch and go to take his place in the team.

With Sloane the Crows have a chance to win the midfield battle against some of the most talented onballers in the competition. However, if Sloane misses, the Giants could gain control in the middle of the park.

However, the Crows are very tough to beat at Adelaide Oval, winning nine of 12 games at the venue this season. They also have a 7-1 record over the Giants.

Veteran Steve Johnson is likely to be dropped for the Giants.

Tip: Adelaide by 12

Team Line-Ups

IN Daniel Talia, Taylor Walker, Hugh Greenwood
OUTWayne Milera, Rory Sloane, Alex Keath
IN Matt de Boer, H. Himmelberg
OUTDevon Smith, Steve Johnson
FB 29 Rory Laird 12 Daniel Talia 16 Luke Brown
FF 4 Toby Greene 12 Jonathon Patton 24 Matt de Boer
HB 8 Jake Kelly 15 Kyle Hartigan 14 David Mackay
HF 22 Josh Kelly 18 Jeremy Cameron 37 Rory Lobb
C 33 Brodie Smith 2 Brad Crouch 21 Rory Atkins
C 6 L. Whitfield 8 Callan Ward 9 Tom Scully
HF 27 Tom Lynch 13 Taylor Walker 23 Charlie Cameron
HB 14 Nathan Wilson 35 Aidan Corr 7 Brett Deledio
FF 18 Eddie Betts 4 Josh Jenkins 41 Mitch McGovern
FB 20 Adam Tomlinson 1 Phil Davis 23 Heath Shaw
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Team Stats

340 Disposals 354
159 Contested Possessions 160
217 Kicks 194
123 Handballs 160
24 Free Kicks 19
42 Clearances 42
8 Centre Clearances 12
34 Stoppages 30
52 Inside 50 52
77 Marks 63
11 Marks in 50 10
10 Contested Marks 9
88 Tackles 110
38 Hit-Outs 45

Player Stats

Adelaide Crows

Brad Crouch16112743811
Brodie Smith1121
Charlie Cameron1051521141
Daniel Talia7411412
David Mackay13619514
Eddie Betts851312632
Hugh Greenwood13619317
Jake Kelly115161013
Jake Lever96154321
Josh Jenkins617181211
Kyle Hartigan82104323
Luke Brown12820113
Matt Crouch151631317
Mitch McGovern651123231
Paul Seedsman571222411
Richard Douglas1552022152
Riley Knight107174210
Rory Atkins11516521
Rory Laird1141524
Sam Jacobs8192302241
Taylor Walker731072213
Tom Lynch1510251041

GWS Giants

Adam Tomlinson551022
Aidan Corr48123111
Brett Deledio31013115
Callan Ward2483251231
Dylan Shiel8101812
Harrison Himmelberg761332811
Heath Shaw185233121
Jacob Hopper5131812101
Jeremy Cameron5273211
Jonathon Patton461064282
Josh Kelly17163361272
Lachie Whitfield1041444
Matt de Boer512174101
Nathan Wilson9211214
Nick Haynes11213221
Phil Davis55101213
Rory Lobb44843221
Shane Mumford12338137
Stephen Coniglio15122723112
Toby Greene1331642251
Tom Scully719263117
Zac Williams14620482