In most cases, experienced players Fremantle have recruited from other clubs have not improved - they have gone backwards.
Connor Blakely’s absence from Fremantle’s team is due to concerns about the defensive side of his game, according to assistant coach David Hale.
Braden Quartermaine and Craig O'Donoghue
Ben Keays has arrived at the Crows from Brisbane determined to make the most of his new opportunity in the AFL. And in doing so is fast injecting much-needed pressure in Adelaide’s midfield.
Audiences of up to 25,000 will head to Adelaide Oval when football returns to the venue on July 20. And the door is open for potential double-header weekends, which is music to the ears of Power and Crows fans.
Reece Homfray, Jon Ralph
Dropped Crows midfielder Matt Crouch was made to wait, named on an extended bench for their clash on Sunday. But the star will return against Fremantle, while a young gun has been axed. FULL ROUND 5 TEAMS
Liz Walsh, Sam Landsberger, Nick Smart and Russell Gould
A freak accident at training saw ex-Crow Sam Siggins fracture Brent Reilly’s skull, ending his career. As Siggins’ mental health deteriorated, former Adelaide coach Phil Walsh helped him through this difficult time.
Sunday’s clash between Fremantle and Adelaide will become an unlikely shop window for the AFL’s dream of pushing into the United States with prime-time spots across a sports-starved America.
A welcome return from injury has forced Brandon Matera out of Fremantle’s side to take on the Adelaide Crows.
All 10 Victorian clubs will evacuate the state after this weekend’s matches to avoid the deepening COVID-19 crisis, forcing the AFL to rewrite the 2020 fixture. See where your team is headed and who they’ll play.
Adelaide captain Rory Sloane remains in doubt for Sunday’s clash against Fremantle as he attempts to recover from an ankle injury suffered last week.
The Crows are in a world of pain, currently last on the AFL ladder, and the road back to the top looks a long one. And a number of recruiting missteps are to blame, says Kane Cornes.
Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir is refusing to panic about the winless start to his coaching career, according to his right-hand man Peter Bell.
The Coach: Even kicking a goal is a problem for Freo because after a major you go back to, yep, gulp, the centre bounce.
A key figure has weighed in on Victorian clubs’ chances of playing in South Australia. And it spells trouble as the AFL attempts to keep the season alive. Meanwhile, the two SA teams are still unclear on where they’ll be playing.
Simeon Thomas-Wilson, Michael Warner, Ben Horne, Lauren Wood
Kelly said he understood the government’s position but if the rules in place in Western Australia applied in South Australia, the AFL could continue operating.
Bryce Gibbs’ high-profile move to Adelaide hasn’t gone to plan. Dropped after Round 1, some experts have labelled his career as effectively over. But is it that simple? Reece Homfray examines where it all went wrong, and what’s to come.
You only have to listen to Richmond coach Damien Hardwick to realise the Tigers are in trouble as Essendon continues to be a tease.
No one batted an eyelid when St Kilda landed Dan Butler as the steak knives to an impressive trade haul. Yet four rounds into the season, the former Tiger is one of the top-ranked forwards in the AFL and might be the recruit of the year.
There was a much-needed bright spot in the Crows’ 37-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba that will give Adelaide fans some hope for the future in an otherwise bleak season.
The Dockers will face the other winless team in the AFL - Adelaide - this weekend, with Matt Taberner confident Fremantle can get the win without skipper Nat Fyfe.
Nat Fyfe will miss at least the next two games after injuring his right hamstring during the third quarter against Gold Coast.
Brisbane got a scare from the lowly Crows but despite horrid accuracy in front of goal, the Lions triumphed.
In just one word the football community is questioning Bryce Gibbs’ loyalty to his current side, the Adelaide Crows.
Mick Malthouse isn’t dancing around the asterisk debate, declaring if it wasn’t for the big dollars from the broadcast rights, a season so heavily compromised wouldn’t go ahead. Is he right?
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