An undermanned Adelaide bounced back from the disappointment of last week’s thrashing at the hands of Collingwood to record a gutsy 10-point victory over Sydney in the Harbour City.
The Crows dominated early but were unable to capatilise on their chances, kicking five consecutive behinds in the first quarter and 4.9 for the term.
The Swans looked to have the momentum at three quarter time before Adelaide kicked four quick goals at the start of the last stanza to ice the match.
The Crows were led superbly by Taylor Walker with four goals but it was the low profile players like Tom Doedee (25 touches and 11 marks), Paul Seedsman (26 disposals and one goal) and Rory Atkins (24 possessions and three goals).
Most bookies had Sydney as premiership favourites prior to the round but they are likely to revisit that in what is shaping as another even competition this year.
Up next: Adelaide ($1.07) will be at one of the shortest prices of the year, hosting Gold Coast ($9.20), while the Swans ($2.42) will make the trip to Geelong ($1.62) for the game of the round.
ALL TIED UP
ST KILDA AND GWS
Saints fans endured a shattering draw with GWS on Saturday afternoon after the best mark in their side, Jake Carlisle, dropped a mark with five seconds to go, then the umpire missed a certain free kick because he was blindsided.
St Kilda had kicked the last three goals of the game in time on after it looked like the Giants had the four points secure.
There were many positives for the red, white and black, with Ben Long, Paddy McCartin, Brandon White and Hunter Clark all playing their best games for the club.
For the Giants, they will rue their kicking for goal, which resulted in nine goals and 19 behinds, as a valuable two points went missing.
Up next: It doesn’t get any easier for the Saints ($4.20) who travel to Launceston to play Hawthorn ($1.33) while the Giants ($1.12) should have a comfortable victory against Brisbane ($8).
BROWNLOW RACE HEATS UP
2015 Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe has thrown down the challenge to the other premier players in the competition after another best on ground performance on Saturday night.
The midfield bull had a career-best 43 disposals, including 21 contested, 13 clearances and a goal, in a certain three-vote performance.
Fyfe ($8.50) is likely to have polled maximum votes in each of the Dockers’ three matches at their home stadium, and with another 10 to come, the 26-year-old is a genuine chance to challenge Dustin Martin ($3.90), Patrick Dangerfield ($7) and Tom Mitchell ($4.33), who may be cited for an elbow behind play on Todd Goldstein, for this year’s award.
Up next: Fyfe’s Dockers ($2.20) take on West Coast ($1.73) in what shapes as one of the biggest games of football ever in Western Australia. It is also the first derby at the new Optus Stadium.