In Round 10 of the Toyota AFL Premiership competition, the Adelaide Crows did their best to convince anyone and everyone that the Carlton Blues or the Brisbane Lions had broken into Crows’ headquarters and stolen the Crows’ kits in order to show up at TIO Traeger Park and surrender to the Melbourne Demons by the astounding score of 146 – 55.
The statistical analysis alone suggests that the Crows have some serious issues to address, as it seems that a couple of years leading the pack have depleted them to the point where a side like the Dees cannot only ambush them, but embarrass them in the process.
The Dees led by well over 100 disposals. Melbourne enjoyed a 10 percent advantage in kicking efficiency. The only advantage the Crows could crow about was a narrow edge in tackles.
The match was essentially over as soon as it began. At the end of the first quarter, the Demons had scored almost as many points as the Crows would tally for the entire game.
When the Crows kicked just one goal and one behind in the second quarter, the rout was well and truly on.
The Dees kicked six goals and four behinds in the third quarter, but the game was down to garbage time well before that.
The Crows moved down to seventh on the ladder, while the Demons now find themselves in third, tied with fourth place Sydney Swans at 28 premiership points.
The West Coast Eagles and the Richmond Tigers continue to play steady footy.
The Eagles had a 75 – 60 win over the Hawthorn Hawks and the Tigers had what could almost be consider a bye week, as they drew the St. Kilda Saints and had no trouble securing a 105 – 77 win.
Seventy-seven points by the Saints?
Would have been sufficient to beat the Crows, eh?