I’m excited for the 2012 AFL football season and what’s more, I’m really excited about the Adelaide Football Club’s, the Crows, season ahead.
During the pre-season NAB Cup, the Crows played that well that they won the 2012 Grand Final. It makes me excited for the year ahead.
The last couple of seasons, the Crows haven’t performed as well as they should have. Last season, the Crows were lucky they didn’t finish off the season by receiving the wooden spoon for ending up at the bottom of the premiership ladder.
The former senior coach of Adelaide Football Club, Neil Craig, was certainly feeling the noose tighten around his neck with each loss the team endured during last season. What happens within the Australian Football League, is that when a team has a series of huge losses, or a team is underperforming during the season, the coach of that team is the one people want to see get fired. It doesn’t matter that he’s not the one out there on the field playing the game, unlike the players who are out there playing and they’re the one’s who should be made accountable but instead it’s the coach that’s made to be accountable on behalf of that team’s underperformance. Craigy certainly was held accountable for the Crows inability to play football last season. The team during the season was seriously depleted due to injuries. Somewhere along the way the team was also suffering from a severe lack of confidence in their ability to play the game.
With the Crows in the bottom 8 and no real chance of getting into the top 8 and the finals, Craigy knew his back was up against the wall. People were wanting him to be sacked as coach, so rather than waiting to be sacked, he resigned as the senior coach with a number of games to go left in the season.
The assistant coach, Mark Bickley a former Crows player and a former Crows captain, took over as the interim coach of the Crows. Under Bicks, the team did win a few games and it kept them from being the wooden spooners, which thankfully, the Crows in their 21 years of being a club haven’t “won” yet.
Now under a new Senior Coach, Brenton Sanderson, the Crows have won the 2012 NAB Cup Grand Final. They are off to a great start. I’m excited for the football season ahead. I hope the Crows keep it up for the whole season and get themselves into the finals.
Whatever happens, I know the Adelaide Football Club will certainly do much better than they did last year. With a new senior coach in charge, some new promising players, and of course there’s the experienced players in the team, it’s going to be a great year.
Go the Crows!
That’s my thoughts for now…