We recall a time in the distant past when a seemingly innocuous ankle sprain, despite medical treatment and therapy, took the better part of a year before that ankle felt normal again, so when we learned that Adelaide Crows’ skipper and key forward Taylor Walker missed a public training session at Football Park as he recovers from ankle surgery, it did not strike us as abnormal that he would sit out.
Crows supporters, unfazed by the finals collapses over the past two seasons, turned out by the thousands to see their boys prepare for the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership competition.
The Crows once again hold the favorite’s position in the premiership futures markets and they cling to the belief that they can resume where they left off last season, save for the Grand Final loss to Richmond.
The supporters who turned out to watch the training had the chance to see Brad Crouch and Hugh Greenwood take part in the early going of the session. The Crows are taking a cautious approach with Crouch, as he has a history of balky hamstrings. He is expected to be ready for the start of the new season, as is Greenwood, who underwent Achilles surgery following the 2017 AFL season.
The Crows had a go at playing on a rectangular field ahead of the short-format AFLX trial that will precede the JLT Community series and the home-and-away season.
The Crows’ AFLW side was also on view. There was ardent support for them as well, as the Lady Crows; (Crowettes?) will defend their premiership for the inaugural season of the AFLW.
Crows’ AFLW Coach Bec Goddard expressed optimism of a sell-out crowd at Norwood Stadium, capacity 22,000, when the AFLW Grand Final rematch between the Crows and the Brisbane Lions is held of February 3.
“I’d love to have a lock-out in Adelaide and really stick it right up those Melbourne teams,” Goddard said.
Most of South Australia would agree with Bec Goddard.