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Crows Light Up Adelaide Oval As A Spectator Lights Up The Scoreboard

The Adelaide Crows brushed aside premiership aspirant Geelong by 21 points at Adelaide Oval on Friday night to go six points clear on top of the AFL ladder with five rounds to go.

The pre-game build-up focused on Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield and Adelaide’s Rory Sloane: would they play after being injured the previous week? They both played – and played well. Former Crow ‘Danger’ was not a crowd favourite on the night.

Selfies of Adelaide Crows fans pictured in exotic locations continue to clog up the Twitter feed during matches.

“I refuse to watch Port beat up on another poorly-rated side at home.”

It was a tough match.

The Crows will almost certainly finish on top after the minor round – putting them on a collision course with Port Adelaide if the Power finish fourth. Be afraid – be very afraid.

The Crows continue to pack them in at Adelaide Oval; Port would be jealous.

The Hill at Adelaide Oval has been a problem area all year for unruly fans – on Friday night things escalated when a spectator let off a flare. There were initial fears that a paddleboat rider in trouble on the Torrens had left off the flare. No, it was just an alleged dickhead from Everard Park – which is in the Crows heartland.

Hang on, was this footy or soccer?

Port supporters were disgusted. Such behaviour was confronting for them.

Of course Crows supporters blamed a Port supporter for the flames and smoke.

Speaking of inflammatory things at the footy, you either love or hate Channel 7 commentator Brian Taylor and his live interviews in the change rooms after the game, roaming from one player to the next in a frenzy of words. Jak ain’t keen.

Port Adelaide had yet another massive opportunity to step up and show they were a genuine premiership contender – but again they capitulated, this time against the seventh-placed Melbourne Demons.

The match was not shown live on free TV, with thousands of Port supporters flooding pubs and clubs with Fox coverage. I watched the game live on my iPhone on the lemon tree, spending half the time trying to pick up where the tiny ball was.

There was much excitement pre-game when the Demons revealed the first Indigenous mascot in the AFL. What Fritz would love to see in the AFL is a club adopt a permanent Indigenous jumper.

It was obvious from the first bounce that Melbourne were on – and Port were off. The Dees slammed on 4.4 in the first quarter to the Power’s 0.3. Port were no match for Melbourne’s intensity and attack on the ball.

Port didn’t score their first goal until very late in the second quarter.

Our friend Danny is a regular in this column. His little golden nuggets always seem to make the cut. Last week he well and truly had the shits with Port.

Port had more fight in the second half and were in a position to win – but the Dees put numbers around the ball at the stoppages and the Power just couldn’t break clear and kick a goal.

Melbourne got 26 free kicks to Port’s 18. This from a Demons supporter…

When Richmond lost to the Saints by 67 points two weeks ago, former Port legend and now hard-hitting newspaper columnist Kane Cornes noted that the Tigers had “gotten ahead of themselves”. Nothing like your old man to remind you about the irony.

Port president David Koch is always the first to cop it after a Port loss.

Port Adelaide have been dropping some out-of-form big-name players lately – they went in to this match without top defenders Jasper Pittard and Jack Hombsch. They were both sorely missed in what looks like now as an inexperienced backline.

The last word goes to Ben.

Port Adelaide, minus the injured Chad Wingard, play St Kilda at Adelaide Oval on Saturday afternoon and don’t be surprised if the fans stay away in droves in protest of their team being flat-track bullies.

As my friend Brett said, “I refuse to watch Port beat up on another poorly-rated side at home.” The trouble is, St Kilda rate themselves highly and may just defeat Port. A big worry for Alberton and David Koch is that, despite the hype about a much-improved season, they could easily drop out of the eight.

The Crows head to the MCG on Sunday to take on Collingwood, who will be up and about after a gutsy win over the West Coast Eagles. Big news at West Lakes is that Scott Thompson has retired. This news was overshadowed by the fact that Eddie Betts has had his appendix removed and will miss the game; it got more coverage than Cardinal Pell.

Can the Crows go all the way? Let us know in the comments below.

Smiley Fritz

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