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Beginnings: Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed The Crows, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, reigning from Adelaide, South Australia. EST 1990

Records:
  • * Highest score: 30.8 (188) against Essendon at AAMI Stadium on 2 June, 2006
  • * Longest winning streak: 10 games (Rounds 13–22, 2005)
  • * Longest losing streak: 10 games (Round 18 1999 to Round 5 2000)
  • * Largest home attendance: 51,140 against Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on 26 April 2003
  • * Largest attendance: 99,645 against St. Kilda at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – 1997 Grand Final
  • * Most Goals in a Game: Tony Modra 13 goals vs Richmond (1993), Tony Modra 13 goals vs Carlton (1994)
  • * Largest Winning Margin: 139 points – Round 16, 1993 v Richmond at Football Park
  • * Largest Losing Margin: 141 points – Round 17, 2004 v Brisbane at Gabba
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
5 Adelaide 22 16 6 0 2483 1795 138.3 64

Forward ruled out

Don Pyke Presser September 21 Don Pyke speaks to media ahead of our Preliminary Final clash with Geelong.

Mitch McGovern has been ruled out of Friday night’s Preliminary Final against Geelong at Adelaide Oval.

The high-flying forward reported hamstring soreness after training last Saturday.

Scans cleared McGovern of major damage, but Crows coach Don Pyke told reporters on Thursday the 22-year-old wouldn’t be ready to confront the Cats on Friday night.

“He won’t play tomorrow night,” Pyke said.

“We’re hopeful he could be right for the following week (should we advance).

“He’s made some good progress since Saturday. It was a bridge too far for tomorrow night, but we remain hopeful (for next week) should we progress and we’ll give him every chance.”

McGovern missed 10 matches with a serious hamstring injury in his opposite leg earlier in the year.

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AFLW: Goddard up for award

AFLW 2017 Grand Final - Photographers Choice

Crows AFL Women's premiership coach Bec Goddard

Adelaide premiership coach Bec Goddard headlines a list of nominees for the Fujitsu General Football Woman of the Year award.

Goddard took the football world by storm with her work to unite a Crows team split across two training camps (Adelaide and Darwin), culminating in a six-point win over the Brisbane Lions in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Grand Final in March.

The award is one of two to be presented at an Essendon-run function on September 28.

Fellow nominee Laura Kane juggles two senior football roles – she is North Melbourne's football operations manager and president of VFL Women's club Melbourne University.

Jess Smith, who has managed the VFLW operations for AFL Victoria, and Allana Dickie, the female football coordinator for the Western Australia Football Commission, have also been nominated.

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Declan up for special mascot moment

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Young fan Declan Corby meeting Eddie Betts at training

Nine-year-old Declan Corby has been selected as the Bendigo Bank Mighty Mascot for Friday night’s Preliminary Final at Adelaide Oval. 

The Modbury Hawks player and junior Crows member was selected as the winner of the Crows Children’s Foundation competition to run out with the Crows ahead of the team’s clash with Geelong.

Declan, who has a prosthetic leg, has been playing football since he was five and hopes to one day be the first amputee to play AFL.

The passionate young fan had his right leg amputated when he was 18 months old due to a birth defect which meant his fibula didn’t grow and his foot didn’t form properly. 

Speaking at training on Thursday where he had an opportunity to meet the team and have a kick on Adelaide Oval, Declan said it was amazing to be picked.

“I was jumping all over the couch and couldn’t believe it...


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Perkins up for Longest Kick

AFLW 2017 Rd 02 - Photographers Choice

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Sarah Perkins of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFLW Round 02 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Adelaide Crows at VU Whitten Oval on February 10, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

Crows AFLW premiership player Sarah Perkins will join a collection of the AFL’s biggest stars for Fox Footy’s Longest Kick this Grand Final Day.

Perkins will be joined by Carlton’s Bryce Gibbs, Melbourne’s Jayden Hunt and other names yet to be announced as they attempt to kick 75 metres across Melbourne’s Yarra River.

One of the success stories of the inaugural AFLW competition, Perkins developed cult-hero status for her clever play, goal celebrations and fun-loving nature.

The All Australian topped the Crows’ goal kicking and finished second in the League with 11.

The 24-year-old said she was looking forward to having...


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Tribute for Thommo

Crows fans will have the opportunity to farewell Club great Scott Thompson at Adelaide’s Preliminary Final clash with Geelong.

Thompson will be recognised with a lap of honour during the half-time break of Friday night’s final at Adelaide Oval.

The two-time Club Champion is set to retire from the sport at season’s end. This week’s match will mark his final appearance in front of the Adelaide Oval faithful.

He remains one of Adelaide’s most popular figures in an AFL career spanning 308 games and 17 seasons.

Thompson was originally drafted by Melbourne with pick No.16 at the 2000 National Draft before joining the Crows ahead of Season 2005.

The tough midfielder developed into one of the key cogs in Adelaide’s midfield over the next decade.

Along with back-to-back Malcolm Blight Medals (2011, 2012), Thompson earned All Australian selection in 2012 and placed third in the Brownlow Medal...


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Experienced pair in for prelim

AFL 2017 Round 18 - Adelaide v Geelong

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Rory Sloane of the Crows wrestles with Harry Taylor of the Cats after receiving a high tackle during the round 18 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval on July 21, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Adelaide has called on experienced pair Rory Sloane and Andy Otten for Friday night’s Preliminary Final against Geelong.

Sloane, who has recovered from surgery to remove his appendix, returns after missing Adelaide’s Qualifying Final win over Greater Western Sydney.

A mainstay in the team for much of the season, Otten will play his first senior game since Round 19. It will be the swingman’s first final since the 2012 Preliminary Final loss to Hawthorn at the MCG.

All Australian defender Brodie Smith (knee) and x-factor forward Mitch McGovern (hamstring) have been left out of the...


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Oppo: Cats add two

Geelong has named two changes for Friday night’s huge Preliminary Final against the Crows at Adelaide Oval.

Experienced defender Tom Lonergan returns to the team after missing the Geelong’s Semi-Final win over Sydney due to illness.

Speedster Nakia Cockatoo has also been included after recovering from a hamstring complaint. The 20-year-old’s last AFL game was against Carlton in Round 19.

See Adelaide’s side

Young pair James Parsons and Zach Guthrie make way. The duo is joined by Jordan Murdoch on the emergency list.

Geelong has named former Crow Patrick Dangerfield at full-forward.

GEELONG’S PRELIMINARY FINAL TEAM IS…

B: Tom Stewart, Tom Lonergan, Zach Tuohy

HB: Andrew Mackie, Lachie Henderson, Jed Bews

C: Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Mark Blicavs

HF: Steven Motlop, Harry Taylor, Darcy Lang

F: Daniel Menzel, Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Hawkins

FOL: Zac Smith, Sam Menegola, Scott...


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Crows out to overcome 'curse'

Don Pyke Presser September 21 Don Pyke speaks to media ahead of our Preliminary Final clash with Geelong.

It's the big danger for Adelaide and Richmond – how to prevent the curse of the rested qualifying finalists from repeating two years in a row.

This time 12 months ago, it was Greater Western Sydney and Geelong who were bundled out at the penultimate stage of the season.

The introduction of the pre-finals bye presented a unique challenge, dividing the footy community about its merits and whether playing only two games in a month would have a detrimental effect on a team's performance. 

Initial evidence suggests it did, but if Geelong beats the Crows at Adelaide Oval on Friday night, and the Giants upset the Tigers at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, then those whispers will turn into a roar.

The Crows have changed things up. Not just in response to last year's results, but also...


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Brownlow form guide

AFL 2017 Round 18 - Adelaide v Geelong

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Rory Sloane of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL round 18 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at the Adelaide Oval on July 21, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

Vice-captain Rory Sloane and All Australian midfielder Matt Crouch are the Crows' best chances of polling strongly. As the minor premiers, the Crows should collect maximum votes for a number of games. Club great Mark Ricciuto is the club's only Brownlow medallist, sharing the award in 2003. 

Best chance: Rory Sloane
Sloane started the season with a bang before he struggled to get involved once opposition teams tagged him. A couple strong performances in rounds 18 and 22 had Sloane finish the season with 21 votes on our Brownlow Medal predictor, which is good enough for fifth overall. Sloane should collect maximum votes in five games this season....


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Results for Ready Set Crow

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Ready Set Crow program participants at Adelaide Football Club

Students from four schools in the APY Lands and Far West Coast regions have completed short term visits to experience secondary school in Adelaide.

The students were greeted by former Crows players Andrew McLeod and Eddie Hocking and SANFL development player Josh Wittwer, who lead the Club’s Ready Set Crow (RSC) program.

Having made regular trips to the APY Lands and the Far West Coast regions to meet with teachers, students and their families, the three provide familiar faces for the students.

The Ready Set Crow project encourages students to experience short term stays in Adelaide – with transitional support and guidance provided by both the Crows and Wiltja Residential teams. 

Students have the opportunity to experience life in a metropolitan high school, at Wiltja Boarding, and participate in leadership and mentoring...


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Oppo: Cats remain coy

AFL 2017 Round 18 - Adelaide v Geelong

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: (L-R) Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats and Rory Sloane of the Crows look on during the round 18 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval on July 21, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images/AFL Media)

The intrigue as to where Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield starts the Preliminary Final against Adelaide will continue until the first bounce after the Cats decided to keep their cards close to their chest on Wednesday.

Coach Chris Scott admitted that Dangerfield had declared a preference about whether he began forward or in the midfield, but the coach was not about to share that information.

"I don't think we'll surprise Adelaide irrespective of where he will start," Scott said.

One thing that can be guaranteed is that Dangerfield will spend some time forward after his four-goal opening half...


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Cavo on that Colbert 'mark'

Inside the Four Walls Live: 1997 Semi-Final Hear from two Premiership heroes about an absolute classic against the Cats in 1997

Adelaide and Geelong’s only previous finals encounter is remembered for providing one of the most controversial moments in Australian Football history.

Under the old finals system, the two teams met in the 1997 Semi-Final after the fourth-placed Crows beat West Coast and the second-placed Cats lost to North Melbourne in the opening week.

Geelong silenced the parochial Football Park crowd by kicking four of the first five goals to take a handy 20-point break at quarter-time. Adelaide hit back with six goals in the second quarter, as the lead chopped and changed in an enthralling finals affair.

The Cats had an eight-point buffer when utility Leigh Colbert courageously went back with the flight of the ball and threw himself into a pack of oncoming players...


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Oppo: Cockatoo in contention

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GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Nakia Cockatoo of the Cats walks out during the Geelong Cats AFL training session at Simonds Stadium on September 13, 2017 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Geelong speedster Nakia Cockatoo remains a chance to make a surprise return to the Cats' team for the Preliminary Final against Adelaide.

The explosive 20-year-old has not played since he re-injured his hamstring in Round 19 after kicking three goals against Carlton in his first game back from injury. 

He has not completed a game since Round 11, having played just 15 minutes against the Eagles in Round 13 and 65 minutes against Carlton in Round 19. 

However, Cockatoo has trained well in recent weeks and the Cats rate him as touch and go for Friday night's game, with Wednesday's training session expected to give the coaching staff a strong guide as to whether...


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Be the Crows junior mascot this Friday

The Crows Children’s Foundation is giving one young Crows fan the opportunity to be the Bendigo Bank Mighty Mascot at Friday night’s Preliminary Final. 

The Club is looking for a super keen young fan, aged between 6 and 12 years of age, who is deserving of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run out onto Adelaide Oval with the Crows ahead of the team’s clash with Geelong.

The winner will also receive two tickets to the September 22 game so an adult can attend. 

Crows Children’s Foundation Manager Louise McDonald said the opportunity came about thanks to one of the Club’s generous members, Mark, who donated two tickets to Friday’s game to the Foundation.

“Mark contacted the Foundation to donate the tickets and said he was keen to provide the opportunity for a child who might not have been able to attend due to medical or financial hardship,” McDonald said. 

“We thank him and also...


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'Helpless' Rory ready to return

Inside the Four Walls Live: Preliminary Final Hear from Rory Sloane in the lead up to a huge Preliminary Final

A restless spectator for the Qualifying Final, Rory Sloane discovered that he’s not built for the coaches’ box.

Sloane, 27, made a bold bid to play against Greater Western Sydney just nine days after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix, but was ultimately ruled out on medical advice.

The Crows vice-captain said he struggled with an unfamiliar, off-field role at Adelaide Oval.

“I felt absolutely helpless in the box. That was probably the worst feeling, knowing that I couldn’t help influence the result in any way,” Sloane told Facebook Live: Inside the Four Walls.

“It was great to still be involved at half-time and before the game, to make sure guys were on track and on target.

“I was able to help out ‘Campo’ (Assistant Coach Scott Camporeale) a little bit, but I...


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PF Preview: Crows v Cats

Last Time We Met: Geelong R18 Before a huge Preliminary Final at Adelaide Oval, give yourself a reminder of what happened the last time the Cats came to Adelaide

SUMMARY 

The Crows and the Cats square off with a spot in the Grand Final at stake. The Crows have had 15 days to prepare since they cruised past Greater Western Sydney in the first Qualifying Final. A short training camp on the Gold Coast has the minor premiers in good spirits as they aim to punch their ticket to the Grand Final for the first time since winning back to back flags in 1997-98. But before they dream of ending a 19-year premiership drought, the Crows must get past a Cats' side that put the football world on notice with an emphatic 59-point thumping of a red-hot Sydney last week. Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield – once the hero in the city of churches – will take on the role of villain as he attempts to...


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PF Preview: Crows v Cats

Last Time We Met: Geelong R18 Before a huge Preliminary Final at Adelaide Oval, give yourself a reminder of what happened the last time the Cats came to Adelaide

SUMMARY 

The Crows and the Cats square off with a spot in the Grand Final at stake. The Crows have had 15 days to prepare since they cruised past Greater Western Sydney in the first Qualifying Final. A short training camp on the Gold Coast has the minor premiers in good spirits as they aim to punch their ticket to the Grand Final for the first time since winning back to back flags in 1997-98. But before they dream of ending a 19-year premiership drought, the Crows must get past a Cats' side that put the football world on notice with an emphatic 59-point thumping of a red-hot Sydney last week. Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield – once the hero in the city of churches – will take on the role of villain as he attempts to...


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Stats that Matter: PF

Last Time We Met: Geelong R18 Before a huge Preliminary Final at Adelaide Oval, give yourself a reminder of what happened the last time the Cats came to Adelaide

Adelaide and Geelong have played a total of 41 times. The Cats hold the overall advantage 23 – 18.

The Crows and Cats have only met once in a final – at Football Park in the 1997 Semi-Final. Adelaide won that match by eight points to progress to a Preliminary Final against the Western Bulldogs.

Geelong’s last 26 finals have been played in Victoria.

The last time the Cats ventured interstate for a final was in the 2005 Semi-Final at the SCG where Sydney forward Nick Davis broke Geelong hearts with a goal in the dying stages to snatch a three-point win for the Swans. Sydney went on to beat West Coast in the Grand Final.

Geelong has played one final in South Australia against Port Adelaide in the 2004 Qualifying Final at...


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Stats that Matter: PF

Last Time We Met: Geelong R18 Before a huge Preliminary Final at Adelaide Oval, give yourself a reminder of what happened the last time the Cats came to Adelaide

Adelaide and Geelong have played a total of 41 times. The Cats hold the overall advantage 23 – 18.

The Crows and Cats have only met once in a final – at Football Park in the 1997 Semi-Final. Adelaide won that match by eight points to progress to a Preliminary Final against the Western Bulldogs.

Geelong’s last 26 finals have been played in Victoria.

The last time the Cats ventured interstate for a final was in the 2005 Semi-Final at the SCG where Sydney forward Nick Davis broke Geelong hearts with a goal in the dying stages to snatch a three-point win for the Swans. Sydney went on to beat West Coast in the Grand Final.

Geelong has played one final in South Australia against Port Adelaide in the 2004 Qualifying Final at...


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Go Figure: Laird's century

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Adelaide Crows v Essendon

Rory Laird is one of Adelaide's great Rookie Draft success stories

A statistical look at the career of Rory Laird ahead of his 100th AFL game

5 - The Crows secured Laird with the fifth pick in the Rookie Draft of 2011

193 - He was the 193rd player to appear for the Adelaide Football Club

2013 - Laird made his AFL debut in Round Four, 2013 against the Western Bulldogs

46 - The guernsey number he wore before switching to No.29 at the start of 2014

4 - He finished the home and away season fourth in the League for disposals (662) trailing only Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell (787), teammate Matt Crouch (726) and Dustin Martin (667) of Richmond

4 - The ball magnet’s possession tally of 677 (including finals) is fourth on the Club’s all-time leaderboard for the most disposals in a season

2017 - Laird was named All Australian for the first time this year after being nominated in the 40-man squad...


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