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Adelaide Football Club
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Full name Adelaide Football Club
Nickname(s) The Crows
Season 2009
Position (after finals) 5th
Home & away season 5th
Pre-season cup 13th
Top goalkicker Jason Porplyzia (52 goals)
Best & Fairest Bernie Vince
Club Details
Founded 1990
Colours      Navy Blue,      Red and      Gold
Competition Australian Football League
Chairman Rob Chapman
Coach Neil Craig
Captain(s) Simon Goodwin
Premierships 2 (1997, 1998)
Ground(s) AAMI Stadium (Capacity: 51,515)
Other information
Official website
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Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed The Crows, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Adelaide, South Australia.

The club was formed in 1990 as a composite team owned by the SANFL and played its first game in the 1991 season. Adelaide has been noted in recent years for its professionalism and competitiveness, having competed in eight of the last nine finals series, and every finals series since and including the 2005 finals series, two feats that no other club in the AFL has been able to achieve. However the club has not been able to make the Grand Final in this time. The club also holds the distinction of being the only club in VFL/AFL history to be undefeated in contested Grand Finals.

The club is currently coached by Neil Craig and captained by Simon Goodwin. The club is based at AAMI Stadium (formerly Football Park) in West Lakes and the club song is "The Pride of South Australia", to the tune of the United States Marine Corps' Marines' Hymn.


Membership base & sponsorship

In 2006, the club made history becoming the first club in VFL/AFL history to have more than 50,000 members. They broke that record in 2007, signing up 50,146 members after only round one of the season. The club failed to continue this record run and subsequently signed 48,720 members in 2008. The club has enjoyed a long standing partnership with the Toyota Camry brand since its inception, leading the club to be known in promotional materials as the "Camry Crows".

Year Members Home & Away Finish Finish after finals Average home crowd^ Major Sponsor
1991 25,087 9th - 40,479 Toyota
1992 38,673 9th - 38,275 Toyota
1993 40,100 5th 3rd 46,128 Toyota
1994 40,611 11th - 42,864 Toyota
1995 41,654 11th - 38,552 Toyota
1996 42,283 12th - 39,428 Toyota
1997 41,395 4th 1st 40,116 Toyota
1998 41,985 5th 1st 41,203 Toyota
1999 42,120 13th - 39,386 Toyota
2000 42,896 11th - 38,447 Toyota
2001 42,014 8th 8th 39,627 Toyota
2002 46,620 3rd 4th 43,068 Toyota
2003 47,097 6th 5th 44,524 Toyota
2004 45,642 12th - 39,879 Toyota
2005 43,256 1st 4th 42,336 Toyota
2006 50,138 2nd 3rd 42,329 Toyota
2007 50,976 8th 8th 42,042 Toyota
2008 48,720 5th 7th 40,678 Toyota
2009 46,472 5th 5th 38,801 Toyota

^ Average home crowd excludes home final matches.

Inaugural match

Adelaide played its first official match against Hawthorn at Football Park on 22 March 1991. The Crows got off to the best possible start to their AFL life, defeating the eventual premiers by 86 points - 24.11 (155) to 9.15 (69) - in front of a crowd of 44,902[1].

Inaugural Match Lineup
B: Rodney Maynard Nigel Smart Scott Lee
HB: Robert Thompson Tom Warhurst Bruce Lindsay
C: Simon Tregenza Andrew Jarman David Marshall
HF: Grantley Fielke John Klug Bruce Lindner
F: Darel Hart Darren Smith Peter McIntyre
Foll: Romano Negri Chris McDermott (Captain) Tony McGuinness
Int: Rod Jameson Eddie Hocking
Coach: Graham Cornes
  • Longest winning streak: 10 games (Rounds 13-22, 2005)
  • Longest losing streak: 10 games (Round 18 1999 to Round 5 2000)
  • Most Goals in a Game: Tony Modra 13 goals vs Richmond (1993), Tony Modra 13 goals vs Carlton (1994)
  • Largest Winning Margin: 139 points - Round 16, 1993 v Richmond at Football Park
  • Largest Losing Margin: 141 points - Round 17, 2004 v Brisbane at Gabba


1997 AFL Grand Final G B Total
St. Kilda 13 16 94
Adelaide 19 11 125
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Crowd: 99,645
1998 AFL Grand Final G B Total
North Melbourne 8 22 70
Adelaide 15 15 105
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Crowd: 94,431

Pre-season competition

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2003 Wizard Cup Grand Final SG G B Total
Adelaide 2 13 8 104
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Venue: Telstra Dome, Melbourne Crowd: 43,571

Premiership teams

1997 Premiership Team
B: Ben Hart Rod Jameson Peter Caven
HB: Andrew McLeod David Pittman Simon Goodwin
C: Kym Koster Kane Johnson Matthew Connell
HF: Troy Bond Matthew Robran Nigel Smart
F: Chad Rintoul Shane Ellen Clay Sampson
Foll: Shaun Rehn Mark Bickley (Capt) Darren Jarman
Int: Tyson Edwards Aaron Keating Brett James
Coach: Malcolm Blight
1998 Premiership Team
B: Tyson Edwards Ben Hart David Pittman
HB: Simon Goodwin Peter Caven Nigel Smart
C: Kym Koster Darren Jarman Andrew Eccles
HF: Peter Vardy Matthew Robran Andrew McLeod
F: Mark Bickley (Capt.) Mark Stevens Shane Ellen
Foll: Shaun Rehn Mark Ricciuto Kane Johnson
Int: Matthew Connell Brett James Ben Marsh
James Thiessen
Coach: Malcolm Blight

"Team of the Decade"

While some sides named their "Team of the Century" to coincide with the AFL centenary celebrations in 1996, Adelaide only joined the league in 1991, and so later on named their "Team of the Decade", covering the period from 1991 to 2000. As well as earning selection in the team, Mark Ricciuto was named 'Player of the Decade' and Mark Bickley 'Team Man of the Decade.'[2]

Adelaide Team of the Decade
B: Ben Hart Rod Jameson Mark Bickley
HB: Nigel Smart Peter Caven Andrew Mcleod
C: Greg Anderson Andrew Jarman Simon Tregenza
HF: Kane Johnson Matthew Robran Mark Ricciuto
F: Darren Jarman Tony Modra Matthew Liptak
Foll: Shaun Rehn Chris McDermott Tony McGuinness
Int: Mark Mickan Simon Goodwin Rodney Maynard
David Pittman
Coach: Malcolm Blight

Season Reviews


1993 First Finals Series

After finishing 9th in both 1991 and 92, the 1993 season would be the first year the young Adelaide Crows would see September action after an up and down home and away season. At home the Crows were almost unstoppable going an all-time best 9-1 and selling out every single game in which attendance was at least 44,000 each time. Tony Modra had a superb year kicking a club record 129 goals, and took the Mark of the Year in Round 8 against North Melbourne at the southern end of Football Park. However, Adelaide struggled away from West Lakes going just 3-7, and would finish the season in fifth place after beating Collingwood in a superb game at home in Round 22 to earn their first Finals berth. Adelaide knocked out fourth-placed Hawthorn six days later at the MCG in the Elimination Final by 15 points, with Nigel Smart kicking 6 goals and the win giving Adelaide a double-chance to play in the Grand Final. The Crows struggled against Carlton in week 2 at Waverley Park in an 18 point loss, which denied them direct entry into the Grand Final. However, they still had another chance in the Preliminary Final which was played at the MCG against Essendon, who had finished as minor premier. The Crows led by 42 points at halftime after a superb first half performance, but in the second half their performance became dismal as Essendon came back to win by 11 points. Essendon then went on to defeat Carlton a week later in the Grand Final. It has been suggested by a broadcaster during the Radio 5AA sports show and reported in the Melbourne print media that the second half fade out may have inadvertently been caused by one of the Adelaide players' unfortunate bout of flatulence that occurred during the coach's half time address. The unnamed player's actions created great mirth within the rest of the playing group and may have contributed to an unwanted break in the team's concentration and resolve. This has caused some debate amongst many supporters as to how much of an effect this had but most commentators have suggested coaching decisions and player moves as having a greater impact on the outcome.[3]

1997-1998 Premiership Years

With former Woodville and North Melbourne star Malcolm Blight taking over as coach, Adelaide went 13-9 in 1997, finishing in fourth place. Tony Modra was the club's leading goalkicker for the fifth straight season with 84, also winning his first and only Coleman Medal and victimising North Melbourne again with the Mark of the Year in exactly the same spot at the southern end, riding with his knees on Mick Martyn's shoulders and grabbing the ball facing backwards. Adelaide then went on to do what no side had ever done before, winning four consecutive finals to claim their first premiership. The Crows downed the West Coast Eagles at home on a Sunday - the first Final to be played at Football Park - and then defeated Geelong at home on a Saturday night, before defeating the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda in successive Saturday afternoons at the MCG to claim the premiership. The Preliminary Final against the Western Bulldogs was arguably the greatest game in the Crows' history: after losing Tony Modra in the first quarter to an ACL injury, they defied inaccurate kicking and a 22-point three quarter time margin to record a miraculous two-point victory. St Kilda were hot favourites to win just their second Premiership in the VFL/AFL the next week, with that year's Brownlow Medalist Robert Harvey expected to star against an Adelaide side without 1997 All Australians Modra and Mark Ricciuto, and goalsneak Peter Vardy. However, the Crows managed to again defy the critics and a half-time deficit to win by 31 points - one of the great sporting moments in the city of Adelaide, setting off a wild celebration. Utility Shane Ellen stepped into the vacancy left by Modra, bagging five goals for the match, while Darren Jarman booted five of his six goals in the last quarter to put the game beyond doubt. Andrew McLeod's heroics in the midfield and backlines earned him the Norm Smith medal for the best afield.

Adelaide again finished with 13 wins and 9 losses in an inconsistent 1998 home-and-away season and ended up in fifth position on the ladder. The season included their first of three one-point losses to Fremantle at Subiaco Oval in the clubs' history - in which Nigel Smart had the chance to tie the scores up with 5 seconds remaining, but was controversially given on the full - and a few other close defeats, but this did not faze them in the finals. Adelaide was beaten badly by Melbourne in the Qualifying Final but had a second chance and used it well, dominating their way to the Grand Final. They defeated Sydney at the SCG, and then, in what was expected to be a classic rematch with the Western Bulldogs after the previous year's Preliminary Final, thrashed the hapless Bulldogs by 68 points at the MCG. This set up a Grand Final meeting with North Melbourne who, like the Saints, started the game as unbackable favorites. Adelaide trailed by 24 points at half-time, but a superb comeback in the second half combined with North's inaccurate kicking saw them run out with a 35-point victory. Andrew McLeod again was the Norm Smith medallist, joining his future coach Gary Ayres as one of only two players to have twice won the award, and the only player to have won it back-to-back.

1999-2001 Rebuilding

The Crows quest for 3 straight premierships began in 1999, and despite a good start to the season they struggled all year with injuries, eventually finishing at 8-14 in 13th place and earning the dubious honour of having the worst so-called "premiership hangover" of any club. The year culminated with an embarrassing 76-point loss to the Kangaroos at Football Park in th last round of the season, the second worst home loss in club history. Despite the loss, outgoing coach Malcolm Blight was chaired off the ground to one of the loudest standing ovations ever heard at Football Park, while Rod Jameson, a popular Crows player throughout the 90s, also played his final game that day. It was the end of a short era; the Crows were hapless and battered. Gary Ayres took over from Blight in 2000 as the Crows began the rebuild back into a Premiership contender.

After their worst ever year in 1999, the rebuilding began in the 2000 season. It did not start well as Adelaide lost their first 5 games to sit in last place. However, they managed their first win of the season in Round 6 - ending a 10 game losing streak - and pulled off a miracle victory in Showdowns VII against Port Adelaide in round 7, recovering from a 42-point deficit to seal a win through Andrew McLeod's goal in the final minute. The Crows would improve to 9-10 but they would lose their last three games to finish 11th.

Adelaide had an inconsistent 2001 season. They struggled at home finishing 6-5, a club worst at the time, but their 6-5 away record ensured they made the finals. Adelaide lost their first three games of the season before going 12-6 from Rounds 4 to 21, but then lost to wooden spooner Fremantle in Round 22 - only Fremantle's second win for the season - limped into the finals in eighth place and were quickly eliminated by 5th placed Carlton by 68 points in a hapless performance. This was Darren Jarman's final game, and he was in tears after announcing his retirement after the game.

2002-2004 Ups and Downs

The Crows finished in the top four of the premiership ladder in 2002 with a 15-7 record, finishing in third spot after defeating Fremantle at Subiaco in Round 22, with several impressive wins including a seven-point triumph over Brisbane in Round 10. They were unable to replicate this in the finals, being crushed by Brisbane in a Qualifying Final at the Gabba by 71 points. Finishing in the top four, however, had given them a second chance against Melbourne at the MCG the next week, and in one of the more remarkable finals in history, Adelaide shot out to a 40-point lead at quarter time, before the Demons rallied through ex-Crow Peter Vardy to take the lead and extend it to 29 points. However, the Crows responded with a final-quarter surge to pull off a miracle 12-point win, with the injured Andrew McLeod kicking a goal midway through the quarter to put Adelaide in front. The win gave them a Preliminary Final berth against Collingwood at the MCG. Adelaide built to a 3 goal lead late in the second term before injuries took their toll and the Magpies marched into the Grand Final with the help of a deafening crowd. The Crows made one last desperate effort in the final quarter, reducing the deficit to 13 points before the Magpies put the game away, eventually winning 13.13 (91) - 9.9 (63). They would then lose to Brisbane the following week in the first of successive Grand Finals to be contested by the two teams.

After the great improvement in 2002, Adelaide started 2003 as one of the favourites for the AFL premiership, as the club secured the services of ex-Kangaroos champion Wayne Carey, and stormed through the pre-season competition, defeating Collingwood to claim their first Wizard Cup. However, several injuries throughout the year, including to Carey, restricted the club to 13-9 and sixth position, having lost the last three games of the minor round. The Qualifying Final saw the Crows easily defeat West Coast at AAMI Stadium on a Saturday afternoon, but they would then lose a Friday night Semi Final to Brisbane, who would go on to win their third successive premiership. This game marked the final appearance for dual premiership captain Mark Bickley. Captain Mark Ricciuto had one of the best individual years in the club's history, winning the Brownlow Medal for the best and fairest player in the AFL in a three-way tie with Adam Goodes and Nathan Buckley. However, 2003 was certainly a painful year for fans, with the team's seeming inability to win close games a huge problem.

The Crows struggled in 2004, losing its first 4 games of the season and never fully recovering, finishing 8-14, including a 5-6 mark at home. Wayne Carey, who played 28 games and kicked 56 goals for the club, suffered a season ending neck injury against West Coast in round 12 and announced his retirement soon after. Club legend Nigel Smart, the last remaining player from the inaugural 1991 team, played his final game in a Round 13 win against the Western Bulldogs at AAMI Stadium. This was also to be Gary Ayres' last game as Adelaide coach, as he was advised of his fate after the game and decided against staying until the end of the year. Assistant coach Neil Craig was appointed caretaker coach, and in his first game the Crows thrashed second-placed Melbourne at home. However, the club would then lose their next 3 games, including a humiliating 141 point loss to the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba in Round 17, the worst loss ever in Crows history. Adelaide regrouped and finished the season strongly, winning three of their last five games, and Craig was confirmed as senior coach for 2005 and beyond. Supporters continued to marvel at the feats of Mark Ricciuto, who became the club's first All-Australian Captain.

2005-2007 Success and Frustration

2005 saw Adelaide have their best home and away season in the history of the club, finishing 17-5 and claiming the minor premiership. The Crows won this prize after a stunning eight-point victory in round 22 against hot premiership favourite West Coast at Subiaco. However, the game will be most remembered by Adelaide supporters for the report of captain and Brownlow Medallist Mark Ricciuto - for a head high bump on Adam Selwood.

Ricciuto was subsequently suspended and would miss Adelaide's home Qualifying Final against St. Kilda, a massive blow that in the eyes of many proved the deciding factor in a low scoring struggle that St Kilda led most of the way and won by eight points. The loss set up a sudden death Semi Final against bitter rival and reigning premier Port Adelaide. The Crows regained Ricciuto, and in one of the most keenly anticipated matches in South Australian football history, smashed a hapless Port Adelaide by 83 points in front of a crowd of 50,521. However, Adelaide's celebrations were short-lived, with the team suffering a 16-point Preliminary Final loss to West Coast at Subiaco. In a tough, close encounter in windy and overcast conditions, a third quarter Adelaide lapse saw the Eagles mount a match-winning lead in front of a hostile home crowd. The Crows fell 35 points behind but made a late comeback before the Eagles put the game away. Adelaide joined Essendon (1999) and Port Adelaide (2002 & 2003) as recent AFL minor premiers who had failed to make the Grand Final.

2006 was a year of individual milestones for the Adelaide Crows. Ben Hart entered his 15th season and became the first player in Crows history to play 300 games, achieving the feat in a loss in Round 2 against West Coast. Andrew McLeod entered his 12th season and played his 250th game in a 138-point dismantling of Essendon in Round 10. Mark Ricciuto also celebrated his 300th game with five goals in the Crows' Round 16 victory over the Kangaroos on a Friday night. In each game the crowd provided a fitting tribute to the three club legends, who have amassed an amazing 16 All Australian selections between them. After 16 dominant rounds, Adelaide sat on top of the AFL ladder with a remarkable 14-2 win/loss record, and the best percentage since West Coast in 1991. However, with little warning, the Crows were thumped by a massive 82 points in round 17 by the Eagles themselves. This loss set off a dramatic change of fortunes for the Crows, as after rebounding the following week with a rare home win over Collingwood, injuries and a sudden loss of form would see the Crows lose their next three consecutive games to Fremantle, the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide. In a dramatic twist of fate, the Crows took to the field in Round 22 against Melbourne with several key contributors from 2006 on the sidelines including Ricciuto - who had been diagnosed with a rare virus - McLeod, Hart, Brett Burton and leading goalkicker Trent Hentschel, who had suffered a shocking knee injury against Port Adelaide that would keep him out of the game for the next two seasons. However, they managed to win their first game in nearly a month, thrashing the Demons by 58 points and finishing the minor round in second place behind West Coast, with 16 wins and 6 losses.

Despite fielding the same undermanned team in the Qualifying Final against third-placed Fremantle, the Crows produced one of the best performances in the club's history to win by 30 points. This gave the team a valuable week's rest, and enabled the club to regain McLeod and Burton in time for the preliminary final. For the second year in a row the opponent was the unbackable West Coast Eagles, however this time the match would be played at AAMI Stadium. The Crows lost ruckman Rhett Biglands to a serious knee injury early in the game, and despite leading the minor premiers at half time, the Eagles again dominated the 3rd quarter to set up victory and held on despite a desperate Adelaide surge to win by 10 points. For the second year in a row, captain Mark Ricciuto was forced to endure a home final loss from the sidelines. Although injuries and illness conspired against the Crows, supporters and players alike will remember 2006 with bitter disappointment as the one that got away.

After losing their first home game of the 2007 season to Essendon, Adelaide won their next 3 games before suffering a costly loss to Fremantle by a point at Subiaco Oval in Round 5, the third such loss in their history. They then faced a tough task against a Collingwood side at home with Adelaide coming off a six day break, compared to Collingwood's 10 day break after their ANZAC Day win and good record at AAMI Stadium, and the fatigue showed in a last-quarter fadout that saw the Magpies claim a 24-point win. These opening rounds set the tone for a see-sawing season, as Adelaide improved to 6-3 before winning only two of their next nine games to fall out of the eight. One of their best wins, an 8 point come from behind victory over Port Adelaide, in Round 18, proved the breakout; despite falling to Geelong the next week, Adelaide beat the Western Bulldogs in Round 20 to secure successive home wins for the first time in the season. In Round 21 the Crows took on Brisbane in front of an emphatic crowd of 46,500, in what was Mark Ricciuto's last home game before his retirement at the end of the season, and won convincingly despite inaccurate kicking. A 19 point victory over Collingwood in Round 22 then allowed the Crows to qualify for the finals for the sixth time in seven years.

Despite finishing eighth, Adelaide entered the First Elimination Final against fifth-placed Hawthorn with a great deal of excitement after having thrashed the Hawks mid-season. In a see-sawing, free-flowing game, Adelaide led by 31 points just before half-time, but got too comfortable and started to wilt under pressure. In a heartstopping finish, Lance Franklin's 7th goal in the dying seconds of the game gave Hawthorn victory. Eighth place finished a rather disappointing season for the Crows, during and after which coach Neil Craig was criticised by the fans due to his strict rules and game-plan.

2008 A New Hope

2008 saw a new-look Adelaide side, with departures including Jason Torney, Martin Mattner, Scott Welsh and Ben Hudson. The acquisition of Brad Symes supported Neil Craig's plan to rejuvenate the ageing midfield, while Brad Moran added depth in the ruck and key position divisions, and several other younger players began to take up major roles. Additionally, former Adelaide players Ben Hart and Matthew Clarke were appointed as assistant coaches. Adelaide had a promising start in the pre-season NAB Cup, losing the final to St Kilda, and by the middle of the year they had amassed a solid 8-3 win/loss record and sat in fourth place on the table, surprising critics who expected the Crows to "bottom out". The lack of an settled forward line was compensated for by a very strong defence led by Ben Rutten, Nathan Bassett and 2008 All-Australian Nathan Bock. However, a combination of a tough draw, a tiring midfield and injuries - a season-ending knee injury to Brett Burton and a recurrence of a shoulder dislocation for Jason Porplyzia - resulted in five straight losses from round 12, and saw the club slide to ninth on the premiership ladder after the round 16 defeat to Port Adelaide. The earlier-than-expected return of Porplyzia in round 17 saw a return to good times for the club and they only lost once more in the home and away season. Mid-way through Round 22, after a shock victory over the third-placed Western Bulldogs, the Crows found themselves in fourth position, but a big win by St Kilda over Essendon saw them fall to fifth, with a 13-9 record and a percentage of 109.74. Collingwood visited Adelaide in the first week of the finals and capitalised on their good record at AAMI Stadium, running out winners by 31 points. This loss dropped the Crows to 7th at the end of the season, a disappointing result after such a promising start to the season. There were signs of good things to come, however, with the likes of Scott Thompson, Bernie Vince and Nathan van Berlo having breakout seasons, and youngsters such as Kurt Tippett and David Mackay showing plenty of promise.


2009 Season Results
Round Date Opponent Venue (H/A) Score Ladder Position Percentage W/L
1 28 March Collingwood Melbourne Cricket Ground (A) 13.12 (90) - 13.8 (86) 8 104.65 1-0
2 3 April St Kilda AAMI Stadium (H) 10.9 (69) - 15.11 (101) 12 85.03 1-1
3 12 April Fremantle Subiaco Oval (A) 15.14 (104) - 11.14 (80) 8 98.50 2-1
4 18 April Geelong AAMI Stadium (H) 13.8 (86) - 21.8 (134) 12 87.00 2-2
5 26 April Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground (A) 7.9 (51) - 4.10 (34) 7 91.95 3-2
6 2 May Port Adelaide AAMI Stadium (A) 12.7 (79) - 15.15 (105) 11 88.70 3-3
7 10 May Western Bulldogs AAMI Stadium (H) 12.14 (86) - 17.16 (118) 12 85.87 3-4
8 16 May Brisbane Lions The Gabba (A) 12.11 (83) - 18.11 (119) 12 83.40 3-5
9 23 May Carlton AAMI Stadium (H) 15.14 (104) - 8.12 (60) 11 89.84 4-5
10 31 May Hawthorn AAMI Stadium (H) 16.10 (106) - 12.7 (79) 11 93.67 5-5
11 7 June Essendon Etihad Stadium (A) 21.4 (130) - 19.6 (114) 9 95.92 6-5
12 14 June Kangaroos AAMI Stadium (H) 9.14 (68) - 3.6 (24) 6 100.19 7-5
13 27 June Sydney AAMI Stadium (H) 12.13 (85) - 10.9 (69) 6 101.60 8-5
14 4 July Richmond Gold Coast Stadium (A) 15.12 (102) - 13.7 (85) 5 102.90 9-5
15 11 July Fremantle AAMI Stadium (H) 19.16 (130) - 1.7 (13) 5 112.45 10-5
16 19 July St Kilda Etihad Stadium (A) 7.6 (48) - 15.15 (105) 6 107.16 10-6
17 26 July Port Adelaide AAMI Stadium (H) 19.18 (132) - 9.8 (62) 5 111.89 11-6
18 1 August Geelong Skilled Stadium (A) 13.13 (91) - 14.9 (93) 5 111.01 11-7
19 8 August Collingwood AAMI Stadium (H) 9.14 (68) - 13.11 (89) 7 109.04 11-8
20 16 August Hawthorn Melbourne Cricket Ground (A) 13.16 (94) - 9.13 (67) 6 110.32 12-8
21 22 August West Coast AAMI Stadium (H) 18.14 (122) - 7.6 (48) 6 114.42 13-8
22 29 August Carlton Etihad Stadium (A) 27.14 (176) - 16.8 (104) 5 117.61 14-8
EF1 4 September Essendon AAMI Stadium (H) 26.10 (166) - 10.10 (70) Not applicable
SF1 12 September Collingwood Melbourne Cricket Ground (A) 11.12 (78) - 12.11 (83) Not applicable

(Note: in the table above, green rows are wins, red rows are losses. In the Score column Adelaide scores are always shown first.)

Adelaide played its first game of the new season on the MCG against Collingwood, a team they had not beaten on that ground in over a decade and which had eliminated them from the 2008 final series. Starting the match with three debutants (Myke Cook, Jared Petrenko and Taylor Walker), Adelaide jumped the Pies to lead by 23 points at quarter time. Collingwood fought back in the next two quarters to lead by 18 points in the third quarter, and looked to have the measure of the Crows. But Adelaide finished the stronger, kicking the last three goals of the third quarter to make the scores level at the last change. The Crows then kicked two goals to one in a frantic last quarter to win by 4 points, 13.12 (90) - 13.8 (86). Surprisingly, this was their fourth away win over Collingwood in five games.[4]

In Round 2 Adelaide fell to an impressive St Kilda by 32 points at home on a Friday night. The Crows trailed all game but kept it close, trailing by only 5 points at the last change, but St Kilda punished the home side in the final quarter and ran out winners 15.11 (101) - 10.9 (69). A statistic that angered many Adelaide supporters was the free kick count, which Adelaide lost 30-11. Adelaide has now lost 8 of its last 11 opening home games that were played in Round 1 or 2.[5]

On a hot, dry, windy Easter Sunday Round 3 match at Subiaco the Crows were pushed hard by the Fremantle Dockers before overcoming the home side by 24 points, 15.14 (104) - 11.14 (80). Kicking with the breeze in the first quarter Fremantle only managed three goals while Adelaide kicked five in their first use of it. Adelaide stayed in control until late in the third quarter when the Dockers found a way to goal and kicked five in a row to hit the lead early in the last. The Crows, however, steadied and kicked clear, escaping with a crucial victory.[6]

Nathan Bock was returned to the side after a week's club-imposed suspension, as Adelaide faced the unbeaten Geelong Cats at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night in Round 4. The Cats looked set to blow the Crows away, leading by 40 points halfway through the second quarter. The Crows however, hit back and got to within 11 points late in the third. However, Gary Ablett Jnr (46 disposals) and the Geelong team ran over Adelaide in the last to run out 48 point winners, 21.8 (134) - 13.8 (86). Despite the loss, Adelaide's younger brigade of Patrick Dangerfield, David Mackay, Petrenko, Kurt Tippett and Walker continued to impress.[7]

Round 5 against Melbourne was under lights at the MCG was after a wet, cold and windy day. The weather conditions didn't help either side but Adelaide's superior defence kept Melbourne goalless in the first half, though they had only scored four themselves by the main break. Melbourne fought back in the last quarter to give themselves a chance of victory but Adelaide closed down the game in the last ten minutes and ran out winners, 7.9 (51) - 4.10 (34)[8].

Showdown XXVI saw Adelaide coming off a win, while Port Adelaide had been belted by St Kilda the previous week. But current form is no guide to these games as Port Adelaide showed by out-running and out-bustling Adelaide to lead by 22 points at half-time, and eventually win 15.15 (105) - 12.7 (79). The margin blew out to 45 points midway through the last quarter before four late goals to the Crows saw some respectability added to the margin[9].

The Crows faced the dangerous but out-of-form Western Bulldogs at AAMI Stadium in round 7. After a scrappy first half, the Crows trailed by a point, but the Bulldogs found form in the third quarter to open up a matchwinning lead, and eventually win 17.16 (118) - 12.14 (86); again, the margin would have been much greater but for a last-quarter surge from Adelaide[10].

The Crows were not expected to win against a Brisbane side that looked the goods at the Gabba, but led by 25 points late in the second quarter, with their zone working wonders. Two late goals gave Brisbane the momentum, however, and they carried it into the third quarter, when four goals by Daniel Bradshaw saw them take the lead and eventually the game, 18.11 (119) - 12.11 (83)[11].

At 3-5, Adelaide faced a crucial home game against Carlton, who were 4-4 despite high expectations for the season. Once again, the Crows' zone allowed them to dominate the first half, this time making more use of their opportnities to lead by 49 points at half-time. Carlton had not scored a goal to this point, the second time in 2009 that Adelaide had held their opponents goalless to half-time. Yet another third-quarter fadeout saw Carlton work their way back into the match, but Adelaide steadied to win comfortably, 15.14 (104) - 8.12 (60)[12].

Round 10 saw the reigning premiers Hawthorn return to AAMI Stadium, where they had beaten Adelaide by only three points the previous season. Hawthorn had struggled with injuries for the season so far, but after a recent return to form entered as favourites. Adelaide, however, turned on another scintillating first half to lead 12.4 (76) to 4.4 (28) - Walker had five goals to this stage, and Scott Thompson 20 possessions. Despite the all-too-familiar third-quarter fade-out, in which the Crows scored 0.1 to 4.2, Adelaide steadied in the last term to run out comfortable winners, 16.10 (106) - 12.7 (79)[13].

In round 11, Adelaide faced yet another must-win game against Essendon at Etihad Stadium. In a high-tempo game, Essendon dominated early and jumped out to an 26-point lead, which Adelaide gradually pulled back over the next two quarters. Both teams had incredible accuracy rates - Adelaide did not miss a shot until late in the third quarter - and a number of seemingly impossible goals were scored. One such goal from Jason Porplyzia put Adelaide in front for the first time early in the last quarter, and they always looked comfortable thereafter, finishing up 16-point victors, 21.4 (130) - 18.6 (114). Veteran Tyson Edwards celebrated his 300th game with 41 possessions, while Tippett dominated with seven goals[14].

There were ominous signs leading up to Adelaide's round 12 clash with the less fancied North Melbourne Kangaroos, with the Kangaroos' midfielder Adam Simpson playing his 300th game and Adelaide youngster Richard Douglas having a swine flu scare that saw him miss selection. However, Adelaide put rest to the doomsayers with an impressive 44-point win, 9.14 (68) - 3.6 (24), their fourth in a row. On a cold, wet Sunday evening, Adelaide kicked the first two goals before it began raining in earnest, and kept the Kangaroos at bay until the last quarter, where Adelaide kicked the last four goals, which blew the margin out[15].

Adelaide had a week off before the next game against the Sydney Swans, and their poor record in the game after the split round was well publicised; contrastingly, so was their incredible record against Sydney - they had only lost one of the clashes between the teams since 2001. A sluggish start did not help Adelaide's cause, and a dominant second quarter by Sydney saw them strech the margin out to 25 points either side of half time. However, the Crows got their game together in the third quarter, kicking five rapid goals to take the lead. A tussle on the three quarter time siren saw Barry Hall have one of his infamous temper snaps, punching Adelaide's Ben Rutten on the chin; however, Adelaide put this behind them in the final term, outlasting the Swans by 16 points, 12.13 (85) - 10.9 (69)[16]. Hall was suspended indefinitely by Sydney for his misdemeanour, and announced his retirement soon after.

On 4 July, the Crows ventured to Queensland to play the 14th placed Richmond at the Gold Coast Stadium in Carrara, in one of Richmond's home games outside of Victoria. After a fast start by the Crows, the Tigers rallied throughout the game and forced a tight finish, bringing a 40 point margin at three quarter time back to 17 points at the final siren, the final score being 15.12 (102) - 13.7 (85). Tippett, who himself hails from the Gold Coast, again was the star with 5 goals[17].

Round 15 saw Fremantle visiting Adelaide after pushing Carlton the previous week, but previous form seemed to count for nothing as Fremantle were duly flogged by the Crows, scoring only one behind to half time, and only one goal for the match, as Adelaide won 19.16 (130) - 1.7 (13). The win was Adelaide's seventh in a row, as well as being the third occasion that Adelaide had held their opponents goalless for the first half for the season. Dangerfield, Andy Otten and other youngsters continued to impress but it was hard to get any impression of Adelaide's form given the lack of an effective opposition, the biggest gain from the match being the much-needed percentage booster, which amounted to nearly 10 points[18].

Adelaide faced top side St Kilda in round 16, a side which was coming off the back of a very tough match against Geelong, followed by a visit to Western Australia. In some quarters Adelaide was either favourite or expected to run the Saints rather close. And so it proved in the first quarter when the Crows were able to stay with St Kilda in all aspects of the game. After that, however, the Saints took total control of the game, kicking 11.11 to 3.4 after quarter-time to win 15.15 (105) - 7.6 (48). With hardly a winner anywhere on the ground, this game exposed a number of weaknesses within the Adelaide unit that they would work hard to rectify over coming weeks[19].

Round 17 found Adelaide the home side for Showdown XXVII, and favourite despite their loss the previous week. Port Adelaide started in robust fashion and dominated the game for the first five minutes. Adelaide changed it around and fought back to only trail by 7 points at the first change. The second quarter was all Adelaide, with the Crows kicking 7.2 to 0.4. The second half was practically a mirror-image of the first with Adelaide again dominating with their turn with the breeze to thrash the Power by 70 points: 19.18 (132) - 9.8 (62, the third highest margin in Showdown history. Interestingly, the Crows now own the four most lopsided results[20].

After their defeat in round 4 to the Cats and losing to top side St Kilda just two weeks earlier, Adelaide needed a win against Geelong at Skilled Stadium in round 18. After a 1 point gap at the end of the first quarter, the Cats widened the margin by 3 goals at half time. The Crows rallied, however, hitting the front in the final quarter before a 55-metre bomb from Paul Chapman but the Cats two points ahead. A late mark by Ivan Maric just outside 50 could have earned Adelaide the glorious victory over the team that has dominated the competition for three years, but his kick fell well short, earning the Cats a 2 point victory: 14.9 (93) - 13.13 (91)[21].

Round 19 saw Adelaide at home to Collingwood, the team they had beaten by 4 points in Round 1 but also a team they have a dreadful home record against. After Collingwood jumped Adelaide early, the Crows fought back and got out to a 15 point lead half-way through the third quarter. After that, however, it seemed to be all Collingwood as they regained their lead by 6 points at the three-quarter time break and never trailed again to win by 21 points: 13.11 (89) - 9.14 (68) against a very disappointing Adelaide side.[22].

Adelaide made their third visit to the MCG during the 2009 season in their round 20 game against Hawthorn. The reigning premiers were fired up from the start, as they attempted to keep their finals hopes alive, and kicked the first five goals of the match to lead by 25 points at quarter-time: 5.3 (33) - 1.2 (8). After the first break, however, Adelaide steadied, Hawthorn lost their run and only had Franklin as an avenue to goal. The game was all over by three-quarter time as Adelaide lead by 23 points. The last quarter was an anti-climax as Adelaide kicked 1.7 to Hawthorn's 1.3 to finish winners by 27 points: 13.16 (94) - 9.13 (67). The big news for Adelaide was the return of forward Trent Hentschel to the top level after a long recovery from injury that had included a false start earlier in the season. Hentschel licked four goals from the forward line and was one of Adelaide's best[23].

With their place secure in the top eight for 2009, the Crows' round 21 game against West Coast at home was one for consolidation and percentage, if they could get over the Eagles who were in form after three wins in a row. The first quarter was evenly shared with Adelaide having only a 2-point lead at the first change. After that Adelaide got its running game going and then 6 goals to 2 in the second quarter and six in the last confirmed an easy win by 74 points: 18.14 (122) - 7.6 (48). In the process, Adelaide had 493 disposals, five short of Geelong's record[24].

Adelaide travelled to Etihad Stadium in Melbourne for their round 22 away game against Carlton. A lot was riding on this game as the winner would definitely finish fifth at the end of the home-and-away season and secure a home game in the first week of the finals, while the loser could finish as low as seventh and face the prospect of travelling to Brisbane. Carlton started the game strongly leading by 22 points mid-way through the first quarter. But, like the past two rounds, Adelaide fought back to trail by only 5 points at quarter-time. After the first break Adelaide gradually built its defensive pressure on the Blues, and found a lot of run through the midfield. By three quarter-time Adelaide led by 53 points and ran out comfortable winners by 72 points: 27.14 (176) - 16.8 (104). This was the highest score for the season overall. A major highlight of the game was a spectacular mark by Brett Burton in the third quarter which commentators were lauding immediately as one of the best they had ever seen, and went on to win the AFL Mark of the Year award.[25].

2009 Finals Campaign

As they finished fifth on the 2009 AFL Premiership ladder, Adelaide were entitled to a home final in the first week of the 2009 Finals Series. Their opponents Essendon had played a desperate match the week before against reigning premiers Hawthorn, the winner being assured of finishing eighth. That match took a toll on the Bombers and they entered the 2009 First Elimination Final with a number of their better players missing due to either suspension or injury, in particular having no designated ruckman. Despite this, Essendon started the game well, utilising their smaller players to implement a game-plan that mainly consisted of running the ball forward at all costs, and trailing by only six points. After that, however, Adelaide coach Neil Craig instructed his players to set up stoppages as much as possible to allow his taller players to provide first use of the ball to the Adelaide midfielders. This plan nullified any advantage Essendon might have gained from their pre-game selections and after quarter-time it was mainly a matter of how big the margin was going to be. At half-time the Crows led by 39 points, at three-quarter time the margin was 61 points, and the game ended with Adelaide winning by 96 points: 26.10 (166) - 10.10 (70). The win was Adelaide's largest ever finals win, and allowed them to progress to the second week of the 2009 finals, and a semi-final against Collingwood in Melbourne[26].

Adelaide's First Semi-Final appearance against Collingwood took place at the MCG on a warm Saturday night with the tempeature hovering around 30C at the start of the game. Adelaide took control of the match early and built a 29-point lead by quarter-time. The second quarter was a more even affair with a late goal by Collingwood reducing the margin to 26 points at half-time. Adelaide's Chris Knights was forced form the field in the second term with a strained hamstring. The third quarter was all Collingwood who took firm control of the game as Adelaide collapsed, scoring 6.2 to 0.2, and leading by 10 points at three-quarter-time. the last term was a close affair as Adelaide got back into the game. The lead changed several times until Kurt Tippett kicking a 55-metre goal from the boundary line late in the term to give Adelaide a one point lead. From the subsequent bounce Collingwood rushed the ball forwarded to a marking contest in their forward line. Then right in front of an avid Camry Crows fan, Andy Otten appeared to have taken a saving mark in defence before the umpire signalled a marking infringement by Ben Rutten against John Anthony. The Collingwood forward converted from directly in front with 15 seconds remaining on the game clock, and Collingwood were able to control the ball from the last bounce to win by 5 points[27]. Collingwood would lose badly to Geelong the following week.

Current playing list

As of October 14, 2009

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  2 Brad Moran
  3 Brent Reilly
  4 Kurt Tippett
  5 Scott Thompson
  6 Jonathon Griffin
  7 Nathan van Berlo
  8 Myke Cook
  9 Tyson Edwards
10 Jarrhan Jacky
11 Michael Doughty
12 Daniel Talia
13 Taylor Walker
14 David Mackay
15 Brad Symes
16 Phil Davis
17 Bernie Vince
18 Graham Johncock
20 Ivan Maric
21 Chris Knights
22 Andy Otten
23 Andrew McLeod
24 Brett Burton
25 Ben Rutten
26 Richard Douglas
27 Scott Stevens
28 Jack Gunston
29 James Sellar
30 James Craig
31 Rory Sloane
32 Patrick Dangerfield
33 Jared Petrenko
34 Sam Shaw
35 Shaun McKernan
36 Simon Goodwin (captain)
37 Trent Hentschel
38 Tony Armstrong
39 Will Young
40 Jason Porplyzia
41 Brodie Martin
44 Nathan Bock
  1 Luke Thompson
42 Brian Donnelly
43 Aiden Riley
45 Ricky Henderson
46 Chris Schmidt
47 Matt Wright
48 Matthew Jaesnsch
NSW Scholarship:
Aaron Duncan
Sam Martyn

At the end of the 2009 season the club delisted the following players: Greg Gallman, Nick Gill, Aaron Kite, Tom Lee and Robert Shirley[28].

In the 2009 National Draft, Adelaide selected Daniel Talia, Jack Gunston, Sam Shaw and James Craig respectively.[29] [30] The club also elevated rookie Brodie Martin, at pick 74.[30]


^Gary Ayres was told that his contract would not be extended when it expired after the 2004 season, and he decided to quit immediately. Assistant Coach Neil Craig took over from Round 14 and was appointed Senior Coach for 2005 and beyond.


Previous Adelaide playing lists

Club Guernseys

Adelaide has three jumper designs which are used in different matches throughout the season. A home jumper and are the only club in the AFL with two clash jumpers, both mostly red uniforms used in away games.

The traditional "hooped" home guernsey is worn at all matches designated as home games for the club as well as in selected away games and generally at all finals. There have been only two finals matches where it hasn't been used - against West Coast at Subiaco Oval in 2005 and Hawthorn at Telstra Dome in 2007. It has had minor variations through its history since debuting with the club in 1991, including adding a white outline to the numbers in 1996, and removing of yellow cuffs and addition of blue strips down the sides (due to manufacturers template design) in 2006. In 2009 the throwback look has returned with yellow sleeves reintroduced, the blue stripes down the sides have been removed while the hoops have a unique curve around the sides.

The away guernsey was originally intended for use in all matches designated as away games, except finals. In recent years with jumper clashes more common, there is the chance that it can be worn in an away final, though the club prefers not to. Its design has changed several times over the years since it was first used in 1999. Its usage has waned over the last couple of years since the introduction of the "clash" jumper, to the point where it was only used twice in 2007 - against the Western Bulldogs in round 2 and Collingwood in round 22. In a few away matches that year, the club also continued to use the traditional "home" jumper. The new 2008 "away" jumper has seen the return of the popular pre-season cup jumper of 1996, with a swooping Crow on the front and slight alteration on the back. This is in an effort to reduce the amount of times the clash jumper is worn, as previous away designs have been too close to the home jumper, therefore not avoiding a clash.

The clash guernsey was first introduced for season 2006 and is radically different to the "home" and "away" designs. It is worn at all away games where the AFL deems there to be a clash with the home team's jumper design. Those clubs officially on the "clash list" include Carlton, Essendon, Fremantle, Melbourne and Richmond. Despite this, the AFL forced the club to wear it against other teams, such as St. Kilda and Hawthorn in 2007, Brisbane (2008, 2009) and West Coast in 2008. The decision for it to be worn in the 2007 final against Hawthorn was particularly strange considering Hawthorn didn't have a clash jumper at the time as the AFL deemed they didn't clash with any other team.

Club Song

To the Tune of "The Marines Hymn"

We're the pride of South Australia

We're the mighty Adelaide Crows

We're courageous, stronger, faster

And respected by our foes

Admiration of the nation

Our determination shows

We're the pride of South Australia

We're the mighty Adelaide Crows

We give our best from coast to coast

Where the story will be told

As we fight the rugged battles

The flag will be our goal

Our skill and nerve will see us through

Our commitment ever grows

We're the pride of South Australia

We're the mighty Adelaide Crows

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