The 2019 AFL Premiership campaign was a disappointing one for the Adelaide Football Club.
The Crows started the year among the flag favourites, but a number of issues on and off the field saw them miss finals altogether.
Can Matthew Nicks make them title contenders once again in 2020, or will it be another year to forget at Adelaide Oval?
About the Adelaide Crows
|Home ground:||Adelaide Oval|
|Premierships:||2 – 1997, 1998|
|2020 ladder finish:||18th (3-14)|
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Updated Adelaide Crows futures betting
|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Apr||$81||$5||R Laird $67||L Sholl $4.50||T Walker $4|
|May||$151||$11||R Laird $67||L Sholl $4||T Walker $4|
|Jun||$251||$21||R Laird $67||L Sholl $9||T Walker $6|
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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. The last few rounds of 2020 showed promise, this team is still along way from title contention.
- 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 2020 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.
- Lachlan Sholl was one of Adelaide’s big improvers at the back end of last season. A classy user who can line up anywhere from half-back to half-forward, the 21-year-old could be one to follow in the AFL Rising Star betting this year.
- Can Taylor Walker still hang with the best forwards in the AFL? That is one of the big questions surrounding the Crows this year. If you think Tex can rediscover his best form in 2021, he could offer some real value in the Coleman Medal betting.
Crows players to watch in 2020
- Born: 25/4/1990
- Games: 203
- Goals: 441
- Position: Forward
This is a big year for Taylor Walker. The Broken Hill native was inconsistent again last season and finished the campaign with only 15 goals from 14 games – well below the output expected of an elite key forward. Crows fans will hope Walker shines now that he has relinquished the captaincy.
- Born: 7/7/2002
- Games: –
- Goals: –
- Position: Ruck/forward
If Tex doesn’t lift his game this year, Riley Thilthorpe might be the guy who takes his place in the side. Standing 200cm, the no.2 draft pick can play ruck, forward, or even on the wing. Along with Lachlan Sholl, he is one of the top prospects for 2021 AFL Rising Star.
- Born: 23/2/1997
- Games: 46
- Goals: 14
- Position: Midfield
There was not a lot of hype around Ben Keays’ move from Brisbane to Adelaide at the end of the 2019 season, but he showed plenty in his first campaign in South Australia. If he can take another step up in 2021, the Crows might be more competitive than expected.
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: Tony Modra – 440 (1992-1998)