04/03/2024

The Adelaide Crows celebrated a win at Unley Oval (Picture: Adelaide AFLW/Twitter)

With the best AFLW midfield talent on show in the game between the Adelaide Crows and North Melbourne, it was only a matter of time before one side broke the game open. A tight tussle all game, the Crows showcased their class for another final quarter blitz.

Early in the match, the Kangaroos dominated through Jasmine Garner in the midfield, this resulted in the first two goals to Alice O’Loughlin and Vikki Wall.

Speaking to Vikki Wall post-game, she explained the importance of the Kangaroos’ midfielders in giving them the best looks at goal. This was evident in the first half until the Crows’ midfield got on top.

“It’s pretty good, obviously a little spoiled by the fact that we got a loss but it’s always good to get your first goal,” Wall said.

“It was probably something we struggled with towards the latter end of the game.

“The likes of Ash Riddell and ‘Jammin’ (Jasmine Garner) and Jenna (Bruton) to keep getting us that ball in the forward line that we can get finishing it off for them.”

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Speaking to media after the match, Adelaide’s head coach Matthew Clarke echoed the sentiment.

“They have some high-end talent running through their midfield. Garner was giving us some grief, particularly in the first half but we were reasonably confident, as confident as you can be.โ€

One of the ways that Clarke found that the Crows could quieten the influence of Garner was to move his captain Chelsea Randall to a run-with role. Randall played a pivotal role as she usually does helping to equalise Garner’s influence while chipping in with intercept marks.

โ€œGarner probably had the better of our midfield battle in the first half but in the second half, Ebony (Marinoff), Anne (Hatchard), Chelsea (Randall), Teah (Charlton) and a little bit of Abbie Ballard, that ability to spread the load and work collectively to get an outcome, it was good,โ€ Clarke said.

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Ebony Marinoff showed her class throughout the contest, finishing with 29 disposals, 13 tackles, six clearances and seven inside 50s, working in tandem with Anne Hatchard (23 disposals, four marks, three tackles and four clearances).

At the conclusion of the game, it was evident that the Crows won the midfield battle, winning the clearances (31-22) as well as contested possessions (100-84) which are two key statistics for the Kangaroos.

In the final quarter, it was the work of Crows star forward Danielle Ponter who got on the end of some good work from her teammates to deliver two goals to win the game. They ran out winners 30-16 to keep their winning streak alive.

The Kangaroos hope their losing ways come to an end next against a strong-looking Cats outfit on Friday while Adelaide will face an in-form Collingwood on Saturday.

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