The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012
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22 NT NEWS. Monday, August 6, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 6 -A U G -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 2 2 C O L O R : C M Y K Crows cliffhanger Essendons Michael Hurley cuts a lonely figure as Adelaide Crows players celebrate their narrow victory at AAMI Stadium yesterday Picture: SARAH REED ADELAIDEV ESSENDON ByMICHELANGELORUCCI ADELAIDE is primed for a top-two finish and two home finals and the Crows may just need this security blanket after last night getting a reminder at AAMI Stadium of how desperate rivals such as Essendon can ruin a script. Adelaide returned to second spot with an epic four-point win as the ravaged Bombers tumbled to eighth amid the drama of captain Jobe Watson missing from a free kick in the last five minutes and Tayte Pears dropping a mark at the top of the goalsquare in the last 30 seconds. While Essendon had regrets, Adelaides Graham Johncock became a hero again as he switched from defence to be a matchwinning forward in the second half. Adelaides worst nightmare has recurred with specialist forward Jason Porplyzia being subbed out at half-time after his right shoulder was yanked in a tackle by Nathan LovettMurray in the second term. Essendons recurring nightmare with soft-tissue injuries seems to have no end. The Bombers lost Ben Howlett early in the second term with a hamstring injury. Tricky forward Jason Winderlich, who had kicked four goals, followed midway through the third term. The strain carried well beyond the physical pain on the field. For the first time, novice Crows coach Brenton Sanderson showed frustration inside his once comfortable coachs box. He buried his head in his hands in the third term when Adelaides kick long and pray approach to the goalsquare served up easy intercepts for the Bombers defence. But sometimes the prayers were answered and tellingly in a four-goal, six-minute patch that followed Sandersons anxious moments. This gave Adelaide the lead for the first time in the 17th minute of the third term. It began with midfielder Patrick Dangerfields long bomb from outside 50 now a Danger trademark clearing every defensive block and ended with Rory Sloanes replica. While key forward Kurt Tippett continues to deal with the consequences of his repetitive concussion, fellow basketball convert Josh Jenkins reached high in the goalsquare to bring down the long kicks for two goals from set shots. Sanderson left Kardinia Park last Saturday - after the 27-point loss to AFL premier Geelong - wanting to coach his players on structural and tactical issues exposed by the Cats. It seems that these lessons will go on. Essendons best tactics that set-up the Bombers 22-point lead at half-time were to follow Colling woods winning ploy against the Crows of outnumbering Adelaide at the contests, winning contested ball and having an outsider for the take-away. With Essendon having 13 players winning the clearances 23-20 and the team controlling the contested ball 75-68 in the first half, it was the theme for success. More so when the Bombers exposed the Crows with their own long kicks. Far from a coincidence, Adelaides third-quarter fightback was created by stopping the bleed at stoppages with a 13-10 win of the clearances and the examples set by the manic and fearless Dangerfield to win first possession.
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