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

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 Crouch1611274030811
Brodie Smith1120000010
Charlie Cameron105152011401
Daniel Talia74114010200
David Mackay136195001400
Eddie Betts85131020632
Hugh Greenwood136193001700
Jake Kelly1151610001300
Jake Lever96154032100
Josh Jenkins6171801211
Kyle Hartigan82104032300
Luke Brown128200011300
Matt Crouch1516313010700
Mitch McGovern65112032310
Paul Seedsman57122002411
Richard Douglas155202021520
Riley Knight1071740201000
Rory Atkins115165000201
Rory Laird114152000400
Sam Jacobs81923022401
Taylor Walker73107002213
Tom Lynch15102510000410

GWS Giants

Adam Tomlinson55102000200
Aidan Corr48123011100
Brett Deledio310131010500
Callan Ward248325012310
Dylan Shiel810180010200
Harrison Himmelberg76133002811
Heath Shaw185233012100
Jacob Hopper5131810021001
Jeremy Cameron5273021100
Jonathon Patton46106402802
Josh Kelly1716336012702
Lachie Whitfield104144000400
Matt deBoer5121740001010
Nathan Wilson92112001400
Nick Haynes112132020100
Phil Davis55101021300
Rory Lobb4484302201
Shane Mumford12303813700
Stephen Coniglio15122720301120
Toby Greene133164022510
Tom Scully719263011700
Zac Williams146204000802