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Crows break drought with win over the Hawks - Adelaide Crows
Rookie Crows coach Matthew Nicks has finally celebrated his maiden victory in charge
Fitzroy will hang onto a piece of VFL/AFL history for at least another year, no matter how unwanted it might be. The 1964 Lions were the last team to endure a winless season, and Adelaide avoided that ignominy by humbling a Hawthorn side that could hardly be further away from its famous flag three-peat. Rookie Crows coach Matthew Nicks finally celebrated his maiden victory in charge in the process, after overseeing losses in his first 13 games since replacing Don Pyke. Much has happened since, with Adelaide moving on a number of veterans and not fighting hard to retain others in launching a full-blown rebuild that's received incessant criticism. Out went Eddie Betts, Sam Jacobs, Alex Keath, Hugh Greenwood, Josh Jenkins, Richard Douglas, Cam Ellis-Yolmen and more. In came names such as Ben Keays, Fischer McAsey, Harry Schoenberg and Ben Crocker. Explaining those departures hasn't always been easy just ask the Crows' football director and media personality Mark Ricciuto. However, Nicks' men have been increasingly competitive, even though the results don't necessarily show it, and Tuesday night's 12.11 (83) to 7.6 (48) triumph at Adelaide Oval was just reward. A mixture of old and new overwhelmed the Hawks, who will miss the finals for the third time in the past four seasons and could yet tumble further than third-last. Tyson Stengle effectively Betts' replacement ignited Adelaide in attack, while the Crouch brothers, Matt and Brad, and burly ruckman Reilly O'Brien helped their side dominate Hawthorn in the clinches. All of that quartet has worn criticism for various reasons in 2020. Then there's Keays (22 disposals, eight score involvements), the Brisbane discard who was once a high draft pick and is now the bargain-basement recruit exceeding everyone's expectations, while Schoenberg showed promise again. In a telling moment, former captain Taylor Walker roared in the approving Crows faithful's direction after becoming the fifth Adelaide footballer to kick a second goal for the day. The Crows never trailed and probably should have won by more after spraying a series of shots in the opening quarter, which set the tone for an impressive win. As for the Hawks, this is the lowest ebb in an awful season that started 3-1, but has been followed by nine defeats in their next 10 matches. Jack Scrimshaw (22, six intercept possessions) and Chad Wingard (16, two goals) were the best of an underwhelming bunch, with coach Alastair Clarkson again losing his cool at quarter-time. Clarkson's dark mood, which was targeted at Luke Breust at the first break, won't have improved by game's end. Another ex-Tigers small forward is thriving Saint Dan Butler's re-emergence this year after falling out of favour at Richmond has been a popular storyline. Butler was equal-fifth in the Coleman Medal as a former teammate, Tyson Stengle, put on his own show for Adelaide on Tuesday night. The Tigers didn't want him to go, but Stengle is from South Australia and wanted more senior opportunity. That didn't immediately come last season, when he was stuck behind Eddie Betts and Lachie Murphy. However, Betts' and other veterans' departure at the end of last season created vacancies for the likes of Stengle. The 21-year-old was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier in the year for a drink driving charge, but he's quietly making his mark. The numbers aren't blowing anyone away yet and there are still some wrinkles in his game but Stengle does nice things each week that make you take notice. He had five score involvements by half-time against Hawthorn and left Shaun Burgoyne in his wake with a clean pick-up and clever snap for a goal. "He's broken, Glass" It turns out Fox Footy commentator Dwayne Russell was being overly dramatic, but he undoubtedly enjoyed rolling those three words out in the first quarter. Chayce Jones not his lookalike, Jake Kelly had just crunched Hawk Conor Glass as the Sherrin bounced in front of him and left the Irishman worse for wear and needing to hobble from the field. Jones, too, felt the impact after initially trying to shake it off. There was nothing untoward about the young Crow's hit and the contact wasn't high, with Glass able to return to the ground and play the match out. HAWTHORN 1.3 4.3 6.5 7.6 (48)ADELAIDE 2.4 6.6 9.9 12.11 (83) GOALSHawthorn: Gunston 3, Wingard 2, Lewis, MinchingtonAdelaide: Fogarty 2, Jones 2, Schoenberg 2, Walker 2, Stengle, Keays, McAdam, Murphy BESTHawthorn: Scrimshaw, Wingard, Scully, Gunston, MitchellAdelaide: M. Crouch, Keays, B. Crouch, O'Brien, Stengle, Smith, Brown INJURIESHawthorn: NilAdelaide: Nil
Post-match injury update: Round Eight - Adelaide Crows
Steve Saunders gives the latest on Brad Crouch and Tom Doedee
Following Adelaide's loss to Essendon, Crows Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders provided the following injury update: Brad Crouch "Brad sustained a low-level hamstring strain during the second quarter. "He was in a contest on the far wing when his opponent made contact with his back during the kicking action. "He felt a low-level twinge in the hamstring and immediately left the field. "Brad will have scans tomorrow and be reviewed by the medical team." Tom Doedee "Tom reported a gradual onset of hamstring symptoms following a heavy fall onto his left hip in the second quarter. "While he was still functioning at a very high level with low-level symptoms, after careful consideration, Tom was removed from play. "He will also have scans tomorrow and be reviewed by the medical team." Regarding a time frame for both players, Saunders said: "All clinical indications are that these are on the low end of the spectrum and will not result in significant time loss for either player."
Final team: Round Four - Adelaide Crows
Our team to face the Lions is locked in
Adelaide forward Darcy Fogarty will not play on Sunday due to a shoulder knock sustained in training. Crows Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders said the 20-year-old would be monitored during the week to determine his availability for Round Five. "Darcy suffered a heavy contusion to the left shoulder late in training on Friday," Saunders said. "Scans have shown extensive bruising of soft tissue and bone." Elliott Himmelberg will replace Fogarty in Adelaide's final 22. Myles Poholke, Will Hamill, Ben Crocker and Himmelberg will start the game on the interchange. First bounce is at 1.05pm (AEST). The match will be broadcast live on Fox Footy and Channel 7 in Adelaide.