There was no shock upset in the recent encounter between the Adelaide Crows and the Carlton Blues at Adelaide Oval, such as was the case when the almost-equally inept Collingwood Magpies went to South Australia for a match earlier this season of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition.
It was a comfortable 125 – 70 win for the Crows, who have risen from a shaky start to work their way up to third on the ladder, behind only the Richmond Tigers and the somewhat surprising West Coast Eagles.
The 125 points put up by the Crows recalled their play of last year, where they routinely won by putting up big numbers against all comers.
It was the Crows’ best offensive output of the season, although they have shown stronger defense in beating some top clubs by holding those clubs down.
Adelaide kicked 19 majors to 10 for the Blues and took at 44 – 13 lead in the first quarter and were never seriously challenged.
On the negative side of the equation, however, Don Pyke’s men may have suffered yet another impactful injury, one that could cost them the services of defender Wayne Milera, just ahead of the big game for Adelaide bragging rights with the Power.
Milera did not play in the second half, even if a defender of any sort is redundant against the Blues.
Pyke would not confirm Milera’s status and it remains to be seen if his hamstring was the hurt body part.
“It’s behind the knee, so we’re going to get that one assessed,” Pyke said. “It’s a bit early to say it’s a hamstring at this point, so we’ll wait and see with the assessment during the week.”
The Crows will need to put together their healthiest list of the season, using whomever they can find. Seven Crows have had hamstring issues of various sorts and severity, so perhaps Pyke needs to get them doing more yoga, or something.