The good news is that Taylor Walker kicked four goals in the SANFL; his next game will be in the AFL.
For Crows fans, that’s where the good news ends.
An upset loss to Melbourne in the AFL has sunk their plans for 2014 and their reserves were well beaten by Port Adelaide in the SANFL Showdown at Clare.
Port Adelaide, on the other hand, is flying.
Six wins and one loss puts them equal top with Hawthorn and Geelong and their reserves side is riding high.
Jay Schulz leads the AFL goalkicking and Brad Ebert shapes as a big chance to add another best and fairest medal to the Ebert family cabinet.
The round in a snapshot:
THEY SAID IT: “Our side right now has got passengers. I couldn’t put a figure on the number, but we have players that just don’t or can’t give that consistency.” Carlton coach Mick Malthouse after Friday night’s 34-point loss to fierce rivals Carlton.
STATS THAT MATTER: Hawthorn’s 145-point win over St Kilda was a record margin between the two clubs. Hawthorn kicked their fifth-highest score and St Kilda had their lowest score against the Hawks.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Fremantle midfielder Lachie Neale was the unanimous choice for the Ross Glendinning Medal as best afield in the crucial derby win over West Coast.
KEY MOMENT: With five minutes left, Melbourne’s Dom Tyson snaps a freak goal off the outside of his boot to give his team a 16-point lead over Adelaide. It sends Crows fans from Adelaide Oval in droves, even though their team only end up losing by three points.
TALKING POINT: Will Sydney star Lance Franklin return from a knee injury to play against old side Hawthorn for the first time this Friday night?
TRIBUNAL WATCH: North Melbourne small forward Lindsay Thomas was reported for striking Gold Coast’s Danny Stanley.
KEY INJURIES: S Dwyer (Coll, knee) N Maxwell (Coll, back) C Young (Coll, leg) J Waite (Carl, hamstring) A Carrazzo (Carl, back) S Mitchell (Haw, hamstring) B Lake (Haw, calf) B Stratton (Haw, hip) J Geary (StK, elbow) M Jaensch (Adel, ribs) T Lynch (Adel, jaw) A Georgiou (Melb, concussion) M Pyke (Syd, hamstring) J Merrett (Ess, cork) D Winderlich (Ess, knee) T Nicholls (GC, knee) Z Dawson (Fre, ankle).
UNDER PRESSURE: That’s four-straight losses for the Eagles, although they should relieve the pressure next Sunday when they host Greater Western Sydney. Adelaide has a bye and awaits the return of Taylor Walker.
Here are the details of the weekend’s matches:
COLLINGWOOD 3.4 7.6 10.15 14.20 (104)
CARLTON 1.2 1.5 2.7 10.10 (70)
Goals: Collingwood: D Beams 4 J Elliott 3 J Witts 2 T Cloke 2 B Grundy L Ball S Dwyer. Carlton: L Henderson 2 A Everitt B Gibbs B McLean J Garlett L Casboult M Robinson R Warnock T Bell.
Best: Collingwood: S Pendlebury D Beams S Dwyer D Swan T Langdon J Blair. Carlton: M Murphy A Everitt A Walker Z Tuohy D Buckley.
Injuries: Collingwood: S Dwyer (knee), N Maxwell (back) replaced in selected side by B Kennedy, C Young (corked leg) replaced in selected side by T Adams. Carlton: J Waite (hamstring) replaced in selected side by T Bell, A Carrazzo (back) replaced in selected side by S Docherty.
Umpires: Chris Kamolins, Brett Rosebury, David Harris.
Official Crowd: 68,251 at MCG.
HAWTHORN 6.2 11.7 21.9 27.13 (175)
ST KILDA 2.3 2.3 3.4 4.6 (30)
Goals: Hawthorn: J Gunston 4 J Roughead 4 L Breust 4 R Schoenmakers 4 C Rioli 2 D Hale 2 P Puopolo 2 S Burgoyne 2 B Hartung B Hill J Lewis. St Kilda: J Billings J Steven L Montagna R Stanley.
Best: Hawthorn: S Burgoyne J Roughead J Gibson G Birchall L Hodge L Breust B Hill P Puopolo. St Kilda: J Billings L Montagna L Hayes.
Injuries: Hawthorn: B Lake (calf) S Mitchell (hamstring) B Stratton (hip) replaced in selected side by A Litherland. St Kilda: J Geary (elbow).
Umpires: Jacob Mollison, Dean Margetts, Robert O’Gorman.
Official Crowd: 32,924 at MCG.
PORT ADELAIDE 5.3 10.6 15.9 20.12 (132)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 3.4 5.4 9.6 15.7 (97)
Goals: Port Adelaide: J Schulz 6 A Monfries 3 C Wingard 3 J Polec 3 M White 3 J Impey R Gray. Greater Western Sydney: D Smith 3 J Patton 2 R Palmer 2 W Hoskin-Elliott 2 D Shiel J Cameron J Giles J Kelly J Lamb T Scully.
Best: Port Adelaide: J Polec J Schulz A Monfries R Gray M White. Greater Western Sydney: C Ward N Haynes D Smith W Hoskin-Elliott D Shiel.
Injuries: Port Adelaide: H Hartlett (flu) replaced in selected side by P Stewart, A Carlile (flu) replaced in sleected side by B Newton. Greater Western Sydney: J Cameron (ear).
Umpires: Ben Ryan, Mathew Nicholls, Leigh Fisher.
Official Crowd: 6,549 at Manuka Oval.
MELBOURNE 4.0 7.2 8.4 11.4 (70)
ADELAIDE 1.1 2.4 5.10 9.13 (67)
Goals: Melbourne: C Dawes 3 C Salem D Tyson J Kennedy-Harris J Viney J Watts M Jamar N Jones R Bail. Adelaide: J Jenkins 2 J Podsiadly 2 P Dangerfield 2 J Petrenko M Crouch S Thompson.
Best: Melbourne: J Viney C Dawes D Tyson J Kennedy-Harris B Vince J Grimes N Jetta. Adelaide: P Dangerfield B Smith S Thompson D Mackay S Jacobs.
Injuries: Melbourne: Nil. Adelaide: M Jaensch (suspected broken ribs) T Lynch (fractured jaw).
Umpires: Chris Donlon, Ray Chamberlain, Jordan Bannister.
Official Crowd: 44,216 at Adelaide Oval.
SYDNEY 3.6 8.8 14.11 18.15 (123)
BRISBANE LIONS 2.0 3.5 5.6 6.8 (44)
Goals: Sydney: A Goodes 3 B Jack 2 J Kennedy 2 K Jack 2 L Parker 2 H Cunningham J Lloyd J McVeigh L Jetta R Shaw S Reid T Derickx. Brisbane Lions: M Paparone 2 J Green R Lester T Cutler T Rockliff.
Best: Sydney: J McVeigh K Jack J Kennedy L Parker. Brisbane Lions: T Rockliff S Mayes J Adcock M Paparone.
Injuries: Sydney: M Pyke (hamstring). Brisbane Lions: J Brown (fatigue) replaced in selected side by M Golby.
Umpires: Matt Stevic, Craig Fleer, Andrew Stephens.
Official Crowd: 17,953 at Gabba.
ESSENDON 3.3 3.6 9.10 10.13 (73)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 3.5 5.8 7.9 9.11 (65)
Goals: Essendon: J Watson 2 B Goddard B Howlett B Stanton C Dempsey D Heppell J Daniher J Winderlich P Chapman. Western Bulldogs: L Dahlhaus 2 A Cooney J Macrae J Stringer L Hunter L Jones S Higgins T Liberatore.
Best: Essendon: D Heppell D Fletcher J Watson B Goddard C Hooker D Zaharakis. Western Bulldogs: L Dahlhaus S Higgins A Cooney M Boyd R Griffen L Picken.
Injuries: Essendon: J Merrett (cork) J Winderlich (knee). Western Bulldogs: Nil.
Umpires: Simon Meredith, Jason Armstrong, Matthew Leppard.
Official Crowd: 33,289 at Etihad Stadium.
GOLD COAST 7.4 10.5 13.10 18.12 (120)
NORTH MELBOURNE 1.4 7.6 10.10 11.11 (77)
Goals: Gold Coast: G Ablett 4 B Matera 3 C Dixon 3 H Bennell 2 T Lynch 2 A Hall D Prestia M Rischitelli S Day. North Melbourne: M Daw 2 A Black A Mullett B Harvey B McKenzie D Petrie L Greenwood L Thomas R Bastinac S Gibson.
Best: Gold Coast: D Prestia G Ablett T Lynch H Bennell J Harbrow S Day K Kolodjashnij R Thompson. North Melbourne: L Hansen B Cunnington L Greenwood J Ziebell S Gibson T Goldstein.
Injuries: Gold Coast: T Nicholls (knee). North Melbourne: Nil.
Reports: Gold Coast: Nil. North Melbourne: L Thomas (North Melbourne) for striking D Stanley (Gold Coast) during the third quarter.
Umpires: Jeff Dalgleish, Robert Findlay, Tristan Burgess.
Official Crowd: 19,819 at Etihad Stadium.
GEELONG 3.3 7.8 8.10 11.15 (81)
RICHMOND 0.1 4.3 8.3 12.4 (76)
Goals: Geelong: J Murdoch 2 M Duncan 2 T Hunt 2 H McIntosh J Bartel J Selwood S Johnson T Varcoe. Richmond: S Lloyd 3 J Riewoldt 2 S Edwards 2 T Vickery 2 B Deledio D Martin T Cotchin.
Best: Geelong: S Johnson J Bartel M Stokes C Enright C Guthrie J Selwood. Richmond: R Conca A Rance D Jackson D Martin B Deledio.
Injuries: Geelong: Nil. Richmond: C Newman (calf).
Umpires: Scott Jeffery, Shane McInerney, Heath Ryan.
Official Crowd: 34,377 at MCG.
FREMANTLE 4.2 5.3 9.6 11.7 (73)
WEST COAST 2.0 3.8 5.11 7.12 (54)
Goals: Fremantle: Z Clarke 3 H Ballantyne 2 C Mayne L Neale M Barlow M De Boer N Fyfe R Crowley. West Coast: J Cripps 2 J Darling 2 J Kennedy M Rosa S Tunbridge.
Best: Fremantle: L Neale M Johnson A Sandilands P Duffield D Pearce H Ballantyne D Mundy. West Coast: M Priddis B Sheppard E MacKenzie S Selwood M Hutchings.
Umpires: Troy Pannell, Luke Farmer, Brendan Hosking.
Official Crowd: 40,476 at Patersons Stadium.
LADDER AFTER ROUND SEVEN
P W L PC Pts
Hawthorn 7 6 1 181.3 24
Port Adelaide 7 6 1 153.9 24
Geelong 7 6 1 125.2 24
Collingwood 7 5 2 113.0 20
Gold Coast 7 5 2 102.4 20
Fremantle 7 4 3 120.3 16
Sydney 7 4 3 118.7 16
North Melb 7 4 3 95.6 16
West Coast 7 3 4 114.4 12
Essendon 7 3 4 105.8 12
Adelaide 7 3 4 100.3 12
St Kilda 7 3 4 67.8 12
Richmond 7 2 5 88.5 8
GWS 7 2 5 84.8 8
Western Bulldogs 7 2 5 83.9 8
Carlton 7 2 5 78.9 8
Melbourne 7 2 5 71.8 8
Brisbane Lions 7 1 6 56.0 4
24: J Schulz (Pt Adel) 6
21: L Breust (Hawthorn) 4
19: J Gunston (Hawthorn) 4
18: T Hawkins (Geelong) 0, N Riewoldt (St Kilda) 0
17: J Cameron (GWS) 1, J Roughead (Hawthorn) 4, J Elliott (Coll) 3
16: J Riewoldt (Richmond) 2
14: M Pavlich (Fremantle) 0, T Lynch (Gold Coast) 2, G Ablett (Gold Coast) 4, S Crameri (Bulldogs) 0
In the SANFL Port Adelaide won the inaugural ‘Showdown’ against the Crows.
The win puts the Magpies on top of the SANFL ladder after the Eagles defeated South Adelaide at Noarlunga earlier on Sunday.
NORWOOD 5.2 7.3 9.9 10.10 (70)
GLENELG 1.1 5.2 7.2 8.5 (53)
Goals: Norwood: L Davis 2 J Donohue M Evans J Allan M Panos S Phillips K Murphy P Persinos E Smart. Glenelg: R Kirkby 2 C Alleway 2 M Thorp 2 S Lonergan L Earl.
Best: Norwood: T Webber S Baulderstone B Jefferies P Bampton M Panos K Murphy. Glenelg: R Kirkby S Lonergan M Proud C Pitt B Agnew C Alleway.
STURT 2.1 10.5 11.9 16.13 (109)
NORTH ADELAIDE 2.3 3.4 6.6 7.6 (48)
Goals: Sturt: B Hansen 3 M Crocker 3 M Coad 3 M Duldig 2 J Greenslade 2 B Kane D Gore C Calabrese. North Adelaide: L Teasdale T Miles L Ryswyk A Barns R Burton N Amato J Shannon.
Best: Sturt: M Crocker J Greenslade T Bartlett J Stephens J Watt J Hinge. North Adelaide: J Shannon J Anderson S Hill.
WEST ADELAIDE 6.0 8.6 10.6 15.8 (98)
CENTRAL DISTRICT 0.3 2.4 4.8 4.10 (34)
Goals: West Adelaide: M Still 5 T Silverlock 3 R Newell 2 B Fisher 2 D Caire K Stevens T Tuck. Central District: L Barmby T Collier J Gillbee J Hoskin.
Best: West Adelaide: C Schmidt B Macreadie A Hartlett T Keough M Still S Bricknell. Central District: L Barmby P Thomas B Cummings J Schiller T Schiller.
PORT ADELAIDE 7.1 9.6 14.9 20.12 (132)
ADELAIDE 2.2 5.3 9.5 13.9 (87)
Goals: Port Adelaide: Unavailable. Adelaide: T Walker 4 G Robinson 2 Atkins C Ellis-Yolmen R Knight A Spina B Martin C Cameron J Lyons.
Best: Port Adelaide: Unavailable. Adelaide: J Lyons B Martin L Thompson T Walker A Otten.
EAGLES 1.1 4.5 10.7 13.7 (85)
SOUTH ADELAIDE 3.2 8.3 8.5 11.9 (75)
Goals: Eagles: M Wundke 6 L Mcgregor 2 A Ainger 2 L Powell L Jarrad S Lewis. South Adelaide: B Eddy 5 J Cross 2 A Gulden F Dale J Mcdonald N Liddle.
Best: Eagles: M Wundke C Hall J Allmond J Von Bertouch L Jarrad C Lloyd. South Adelaide: J Thewlis N Murphy B Macleod X Gotch K Brooksby N Liddle.
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