The Adelaide Football Club is certainly a different club this year than what they were last year.
Last year the Crows were a team that had lost its way. They struggled to play the whole four quarters of a game, much less actually win a game. The wheels had definitely fallen off and the team resembled something of a train wreck in progress.
The Crows also found out who their supporters were and they found out who their barrackers were as well. For it’s the supporters who are the ones who continually put their bums on seats at the games week in and week out when their team is going from bad to worse, while the barrackers only put their bums on seats when the team is winning the games and they are the ones who have the cheek to call themselves “supporters”. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a supporter. My backside was still there on my seat (I am a Silver member) at all the home games and I was still cheering them on, even when they were losing another game.
That was last year. This year with a new coach at the helm, the team has found confidence, belief in their ability, a hunger and a toughness that they had seriously lacked last year. This is a team that will get to the finals at the end of the year if they keep what they have started so far this year.
Watching the Crows play a tough game against Geelong last week the players were exhausted when they hit the fourth quarter but they dug down deep and kept playing the game and they won the game.
Watching the Crows play against Carlton today, they played their game and didn’t let Carlton get to them at all. As the game progressed, Carlton was outclassed by the Crows players and Carlton lost by 69 points. Of course Carlton would say they only had 5 days rest and that’s why they weren’t playing their A game. Even if Carlton were playing their A game, I think they still would have lost today’s game with this vastly improved Adelaide Crows team.
Sando and coaching staff, whatever you’re doing with the players at the club, keep doing it! The players are responding to it and they are playing that tough, hard, football they should be playing. The players have a belief in themselves and the other players in the team and everyone is working together as a team. It makes watching this Crows team great to watch!
Bring on Collingwood next week!