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Post2010 season preview : The Adelaide Crows.

This blog was made to discuss the Adelaide Crows season, but it was also focused on which players can take the crows the furthest.


The Adelaide Crows had a very successful 2009 season until it was cut short in a dissapointing elimination final loss to Collingwood, but with the 2010 AFL season forthcoming, the Adelaide Crows will be eager for even more success than last year. So which players have the capability to take them there? Well find out in this in this season preview.

Backline – Nathan Bock

After an injury interrupted 2009 which saw the backman experience from both injury and personal setbacks, Bock’s form will be a true guide for how the Crows perform this year.

Bock won the 2008 Crows’ Best and Fairest and the way he did it was his ability of winning the one-on-one contests, along with the run he supplies off half-back, will cause the forwards problems this season. His partnership with fellow defender Ben Rutten can form probably the most formidable spine defence in the AFL

In the year 2009 Bock faced criminal charges for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Bock then suffered a hamstring injury, and then a foot injury to end his 2009 season.

It is essential for Bock to maintain his fitness to give the Crows every chance for a strong position in 2010.




Midfield – Patrick Dangerfield


Adelaide coach Neil Craig has been introducing Dangerfield to more of a midfield role in the late parts of the season 2009 and that is exactly what Dangerfield will tackle in the season 2010. Dangerfield has exceptional skills by foot and outstanding strength all round he is a specialist with his tackling Dangerfield stacked up a remarkable tally of 47 tackles for the 2009 season.

Dangerfield at just 19 years of age, has the ability and the technical game to make a big intuition on the 2010 AFL season.

The young upcoming star showed plenty of potential in his first full AFL season in 2009. Dangerfield played 21 games in the year 2009.


Forward – Chris Knights


The superstar with the dominant left foot came straight into the scene during the 2009 season following an unexpected move into the forward line. He showed great marking expertise, close control in jam-packed situations and the mysterious ability of booting monsterous goals from outside the 50 metre mark.

Knights ended the season with a career-high 43 goals in 2009, a very impressive effort, Knights came into the forward line after he returned from injury early in the season.

Knights needs to continue his form from 2009 to ensure that the Crows can maintain high scoring, energetic matches.



Ruck – Kurt Tippett

Tippett finished 8th in the goal-kicking table with 55 goals for the season. Tippett has immense aerial capability and has shown his strength against opponents of similar size taking some great contested marks in his career.

The Crows’ big man Kurt Tippett will find himself spending more time in the ruck during the 2010 AFL season due to the injury to Brad Moran and the see sawing form of Ivan Maric.

Tippett also showed a cool nerve under pressure kicking 4 goals in each of the Crows' finals last season.

If the Adelaide youngster can begin to dominate matches in the ruck, then expect big things from him in 2010.


New Recruit – Daniel Talia

Standing at a handy 195 centimetres tall, Talia was picked as a first round draft selection by the Crows to strengthen their line up. In the TAC Cup, The Crows’ recruit showed his resourcefulness by being able to hold down a key position at either end of the ground. He also displays fantastic endurance and is relatively quick for a man of his size. The appearance of Talia could be just what Adelaide needs to dispute for a premiership this season.


Final Season Prediction


I believe that the Adelaide Crows have the skill to finish in the top 4, that is why I predict that they will finish 3rd or 4th .


In some more good news for the Adelaide Crows, the Crows have defeated a full strength Carlton by 1 point. Adelaide had around 12 key players out, a perfect opportunity to blood the young players. That is exactly what they did, young gun Taylor Walker booted 2 goals while Chris Schmidt starred against the strong Carlton outfit.


I will do a couple of more blogs like this to other potential top 5 teams.

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