Sydney crushed Adelaide in the second qualifying final at AAMI Stadium Saturday, winning 11.5.(71)-5.12.(42) and earning a week off in the process.
Sydney’s poor finish to the season looked well and truly behind them as they used a five goal to one second quarter to set up the win.
The margin was at just four goals heading into the fourth, but the game being such a low scoring contest meant it would be a hard task for the Crows to fight back. They looked like they could early, but a host of goals by Sydney in response ended any doubts.
It was Adelaide’s lowest score of the year and the Crows failed to score consecutive goals throughout the match. They will play the winner of the Geelong-Fremantle game later today in an elimination final next week.
Captain Adam Goodes returned to form with three first half goals and 22 possessions, while Josh Kennedy (35 possessions) and Ryan O’Keefe (37) tore up the midfield. Lewis Roberts-Thompson and Ted Richards played pivotal roles in defence.
The Crows much talked about midfield were not able to influence the game in their usual manner and tall forwards Taylor Walker and Kurt Tippett failed to exert any presence on the match as they combined for just a single goal.
It wasn’t all good news for Sydney; Ben McGlynn appeared to do a hamstring in the third term and was forced from the ground. He was later seen in tears on the bench.
NAB Rising Star Daniel Talia also suffered a serious injury. A broken wrist will mean his season is almost certainly over.