The 2021 AFL Premiership campaign was yet another disappointing one for the Adelaide Football Club.
The Crows are in the middle of a rebuild following a remarkable downfall since competing in the 2017 Grand Final.
Can coach Matthew Nicks make them finals contenders once again in 2022, or will it be another year to forget at Adelaide Oval?
About the Adelaide Crows
|Home ground:||Adelaide Oval|
|Premierships:||2 – 1997, 1998|
|2021 ladder finish:||15th (7-15)|
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Updated Adelaide Crows futures betting
|2022 Premiership||Make Finals||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$67||$6||R Laird $81||J Rachele $15||T Walker $41|
|Apr||$81||$7||B Keays $81||J Rachele $8||T Walker $67|
|May||$101||$6||B Keays $51||J Rachele $10||T Walker $15|
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- Things have spiralled out of control at Adelaide since their defeat to Richmond in the 2017 AFL Grand Final. The Crows have a lot of work to do on their footy and their culture before they can be considered premiership contenders once again. Having only won seven games in 2021, the 2022 season looks to be another long one ahead for Crows fans.
- Even when a team is out of sorts, a run to the finals is never quite out of the question. This year, however, there are too many teams ahead of Adelaide in the pecking order. They might go close, but a lot of would have to go right for the Crows to finish inside the top eight.
- Rory Laird was one of the obvious positives to come out of the 202 campaign. Now part of Adelaide’s midfield core, the 27-year-old should feature prominently alongside the likes of Rory Sloane and Matt Crouch in the Brownlow Medal betting for the Crows. Off-season signing Jordan Dawson will poll well after a breakout season with the Swans last yyear
- Pick 6 selection Josh Rachele is set to fill a massive void in Adelaide’s forward line. The small forward will be capable of having an immediate impact at AFL level and will quickly gain the attention as one of the Crows’ most lethal options in attack.
- He is set to miss the first month of the season following a club-imposed sanction, but Taylor Walker is still deemed the Crows’ best chance at Coleman Medal glory. Coming off a 48 goal season, the man known as Tex may not need to do much more to claim the 2022 Coleman Medal based on recent seasons.
Adelaide Crows 2022 AFL fixture
|1||Fremantle Dockers||Adelaide Oval||Sunday, March 20||3:40pm|
|2||Collingwood Magpies||MCG||Saturday, March 26||1:45pm|
|3||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Friday, April 1||7:50pm|
|4||Essendon Bombers||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, April 10||1:10pm|
|5||Richmond Tigers||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, April 16||4:05pm|
|6||Western Bulldogs||Mars Stadium||Saturday, April 23||1:45pm|
|7||GWS Giants||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, April 30||1:40pm|
|8||Carlton Blues||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, May 8||4:40pm|
|9||Brisbane Lions||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, May 14||7:10pm|
|10||St Kilda Saints||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
|11||Geelong Cats||GMHBA Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|12||West Coast Eagles||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
|14||Gold Coast Suns||Metricon Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|15||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Blundstone Arena||TBC||TBC|
|16||Melbourne Demons||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
|17||Hawthorn Hawks||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|18||Collingwood Magpies||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
|20||Carlton Blues||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
|21||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|22||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
|23||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
Crows players to watch in 2022
- Born: 25/04/1990
- Games: 220
- Goals: 489
- Position: Forward
This is a big year for Taylor Walker. The Broken Hill native bagged 48 goals in 2021, but is set to miss the first month through suspension and leaves a big void in the Adelaide forward line. Looks for Tex to come back all guns ablazing and get the Crows season back on track.
- Born: 09/04/1997
- Games: 64
- Goals: 34
- Position: Defender
Adelaide’s marquee off-season signing Jordan Dawson comes with plenty of high expectations after a breakout season with the Sydney Swans in 2021. The rebounding half back flanker racked up 22 disposals per game and only had less than 20 touches in a game in five off the 23 matches he played. With Rory Laird spending his time in the midfield these days, there will be plenty of responsibility falling on the shoulders of Dawson coming out of the back line.
- Born: 29/12/1993
- Games: 182
- Goals: 18
- Position: Midfielder
Following a poor 2020 season, Rory Laird averaged 32 disposals and a tick under seven clearances per game in his first full season as a midfielder and continued to build on his already impressive reputation. Having picked up his second Best & Fairest last year, Laird will be looking to join club legends Simon Goodwin, Mark Ricciuto and Andrew McLeod in picking up a third B&F. With Rory Sloane in the twilight of his career and a young midfield unit beside the veteran duo, Laird will need to replicate a similar season to 2021 if the Crows are to make a run for the top eight.
Adelaide Crows records
- Most matches: Andrew McLeod – 340 (1995–2010)
- Most goals kicked in one match: Tony Modra – 13 goals (Rd 16, 1993)
- Most Best & Fairest awards: Simon Goodwin, Mark Ricciuto, Andrew McLeod – 3 each
- Most matches as coach: Neil Craig – 177 (2004–2011)
- Most goals in a season: Tony Modra – 129 (1993)
- Most career goals: Taylor Walker – 489 (2008-)