Adelaide Crows 2019 AFL Season Preview & Analysis
The Crows were one of the disappointments of last year and are looking for a bounce-back season in 2019.
Finished in 2018: 12th (12 wins, 10 losses)
Key ins: Brad Crouch (injured all of 2018) Tyson Stengle (Richmond) Shane McAdam
Draft Picks: Chayce Jones (#9) Ned McHenry (#16) Will Hamill (#30) Lachlan Sholl (#64)
Key outs: Mitch McGovern (Carlton), Kyle Cheney (delisted), Sam Gibson (retired), Curtly Hampton (retired).
Coach: Don Pyke
Captain(s): Taylor Walker & Rory Sloane
Playing AFLX: Eddie Betts (Deadly, captain) Cameron Ellis-Yolmen (Deadly) Rory Laird (Flyers) Rory Sloane (Rampage)
Summary: The minor premiers of 2017 had a season to forget in 2018 which began with the now infamous pre-season camp and ended by missing finals for the first time in four years. The Crows finished 2018 with 12 wins but in one of the most even seasons in recent history, it was only good enough for 12th.
All-Australian defender Daniel Tallia had knee surgery in December but is on track for Round 1, the only minor hiccup of their pre-season to date. The list is very similar to one which carried them to a Grand Final appearance in 2017 and if they can stay healthy, they can easily climb back into the top eight and potentially push for a top-four berth.
Key stat: The Crows ranked #1 for inside 50 to goal ratio.
Round 1: Crows v Hawks @ Adelaide Oval – Saturday, March 23 – 04:35 PM
Best Brownlow Hope: Matt Crouch
*Odds are correct as of time of publishing