Round 6 – Adelaide v Hawthorn: Cyril-less Hawks still too good

Saturday 4th May 2013
Round 6 Adelaide vs Hawthorn
AAMI Stadium, Adelaide 4:10pm
By Cody Lane

All day, the words on my lips and my train of thought were on this twilight game on a Saturday football. Saturday is my favourite day to go to the footy. Unfortunately, the one day a Hawthorn game is on a Saturday, we are away! Nether the less this is a game that I was eager to watch and know that it would be a tough game for my Hawkers. Despite Adelaide’s poor form prior to the game, their talent is always something to worry about when they are up and about.

I have always been a strong believer about my Hawkers run and carry and forward pressure. Something that I believe the Hawks don’t do enough in games. Against a side like Adelaide with the run and carry in the likes of Patrick Dangerfield and co. This is something that the Crows also need to do a lot more of as they could do some real damage if they do. I love watching free flowing football and when these two teams do that, they are hard to beat. Early on in the game, it was very noticeable that Adelaide was missing big ‘Tex’ Walker up forward. The loss of Kurt Tippett has also been a huge loss as it has left ‘Tex’ to do the work on his own, and now without him too, someone in that Adelaide forward line will have to step up if they are any chance in this game.

Hawthorn was looking very dangerous early and was using the ball with precision with the likes of Mitch (Sam Mitchell), Hodgey (Luke Hodge) and Lewis winning the ball and using it well. One underrated midfielder for us is Liam Shiels. He is a great tagger but also knows how to get in and under and win the ball. The Hawthorn small forwards were on fire (despite the noticeable absence on the genius in Cyril), with Isaac Smith and Luke Breust moving the ball quickly and causing the Adelaide defence headaches and Adelaide were smashed out of the water early. The danger man (Patrick Dangerfield) was keeping the home team in the game and continued to do so throughout the game. He was almost carrying the team on his shoulders and without him; Adelaide would be out of the game almost before it began as they were 22 points down at quarter time.

The Crows managed to stay resilient and keep in touch with the Hawks. Sam Kerridge had the job to stop Birchall’s run and carry and he certainly did that. This young man showed a lot of promised and despite doing a great job in shutting down Birchall’s influence, he also managed to have a good game himself taking seven grabs and kicking two goals. Buddy had again another shocker. Unlike last week, Buddy rarely had a sight of goal and for the first time in his career has gone goalless in two successive games for the first time since his debut season. Despite having 17 touches, he really struggled to get into the game and was well beaten by Daniel Talia. Talia is a great defender and definitely helped the Crows cause in keeping in touch with the Hawks. The game ended up going down to the wire as the Crows were slowly getting on top with Dangerfield continuing his brilliance and was helped by the likes of Rory Sloane and Scott Thompson. However, this is when the hawks kick it up a notch and the quality in Hodge, Mitchell and Lewis kick into gear. Jack Gunston against his former side stood up booting three and the silky skills of Bradley Hill and Smiths run was enough to hold off the crows as the hawks’ slammed home late goals to push away from the Crows and to victory.

So the Hawks keep in touch with the top and setting up a mouth-watering Grand Final rematch with the swans at the MCG on a Saturday night. Meanwhile the crows fail to really get their season the kick start it needed but should be able to do so on a Sunday away to the GWS. So throughout the school week I will eagerly wait to finally be going to my first home and away match of the season on a Saturday night against our now fierce rivals the swans being the only thing on my mind.

About John Harms

John Harms is a writer, broadcaster, publisher, historian, speaker and teacher. He loves stories.

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