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Blog log from R18 of 2023: Adelaide vs Western Sydney

Blog log for Adelaide vs Western Sydney, R18 of 2023

Walker sets up Laird to run from a throw in to the pocket 20m out for the first goal, a bit too easy. (Q1 0:47)
Hogan marks a Daniels clearance kick 45m out in the corridor, Butts trailing badly. Hogan tiptoes in and kicks truly. (Q1 6:51)
Murray gets back in time to rush a grubber by Greene from 40m on the flank. (Q1 9:20)
The Crows rebound around members wing, Taylor is out of position against Walker at the hotspot for a long Fogarty ball, he spoils but goes to ground, easy Texan goal. (Q1 12:16)
Brown slams through a nice goal from a stoppage 35m out in front after a feed by Daniels. (Q1 15:01)
Whitfield’s diagonal rebound kick sets up a switch through the centre, Greene is on the fat side to mark in space, play on and ram through the goal from 50m on a slight angle! (Q1 19:47)
Bedford baulks away from Hinge in the pocket but his checkside from 20m is OOTF across the face. (Q1 21:57)
Ward baulks around Jones at half forward, bounces and lets fly from 45m on a slight angle… wide left from Cement Head, disappointingly. (Q1 22:19)
Hogan marks a helicopter ball by Perryman from a stoppage on the wing to 35m on the flank, but misses. (Q1 23:39)
Fogarty beats Buckley in a ground battle outside CHF, fends clear but snaps wide from 50m. (Q1 25:32)
Fogarty marks a Worrell speculator on the dive just inside 50m out on the flank in front of Buckley, his set shot is just narrow to the right. (Q1 27:17)
Cumming shanks the resultant kick in, Laird roves the grubbing ball and feeds Rachele who snaps on the turn from 40m for the goal. (Q1 27:51)
Thilthorpe gets a holding free in ruck on Briggs 35m out on a slight angle just before the QT siren. He kicks truly. (Q1 32:02)
Walker takes a big pack mark 30m out on a slight angle and boots his second goal making it a half-century for the season. (Q2 1:04)
Wehr passes to Bedford near the boundary 40m out, who misses across the face to the right. (Q2 3:34)
Matchups in attack for Adelaide are ?Fogarty ?Buckley, ?Walker ?Taylor and ?Thilthorpe ?Himmelberg, though Himmelberg is often freed up with Thilthorpe rucking. (Q2 5:34)
For GWS it’s ?Hogan ?Butts, ?Riccardi ?Murray and ?Cadman ?Worrell, with Brown also an aerial threat against Hinge, and Michalanney minding Greene. (Q2 6:53)
Dawson marks strongly over Cumming in the pocket 35m out from a Milera pass. He gets up a bit sore after landing on his back, but misses. (Q2 9:15)
Walker roves his own contest 40m out on the flank, rides a tackle and gives out to Keays who grubbers a lovely left-foot goal with a late leg-break. (Q2 12:55)
Walker grabs the ball out of ruck, fends off Buckley with a stiff arm to the chest then snaps off the right from 30m on a slight angle…. just wide right. Tex is on. (Q2 14:36)
The Crows are only three kicks up in Q2 red time but the flow of this game is all their way, if they lose from here they only have themselves to blame. (Q2 23:36)
Rachele snaps off a step after roving a crumb from a Thilthorpe tackle on Himmelberg from 40m in front but it shanks OOTF. (Q2 24:35)
Greene passes to the pocket for Bedford 20m out, his screwing set shot is narrow to the left. (Q3 3:15)
Laird is pinged for late contact on Wehr, Coniglio takes the downfield free 45m out on the flank but sprays it for no score. (Q3 6:51)
Greene bounces through a quality snap from after a stoppage from 35m on a slight angle after bullocking his man Michalanney off a chaos ball. (Q3 8:35)
Briggs bombs from a stoppage on the wing to the hotspot, holding free to Riccardi on Murray, Cadman plays on to advantage for the goal! (Q3 11:18)
Adelaide has played a lot of very good footy tonight and through the season, yet their finals run still hangs in the balance in this eight-pointer contest. (Q3 12:00)
Rachele snaps wide from the pocket 20m out. (Q3 12:32)
Dawson picks off a Cadman diagonal inside kick from the HBF and passes into a phonebox for McHenry 30m out on a slight angle. McHenry kicks truly. (Q3 13:45)
Angwin is pinged for a high tackle on Jones who had slipped in possession 45m out in the corridor, unlucky but that’s the rule. Jones delivers the goal. (Q3 16:35)
O’Brien taches the ball out of ruck at half forward and kicks blind while falling, Murphy marks over Kelly 45m out in the corridor and tugs the set shot right. (Q3 22:39)
Hogan misses a set shot from the boundary 20m out, Crom crowd hoorays. (Q3 26:56)
Briggs roves a Pedlar set shot in the Crow square but his blind dump kick is picked off by Dawson over Bedford 45m out… who hits the post. (Q3 28:31)
Briggs to Greene for the first centre clearance of Q4, Brown roves at the hotspot, Riccardi snaps off a step but it dribbles wide right. (Q4 0:32)
Greene pokes a pass behind Smith to Brown 40m out on the flank, Brown shanks it OOTF much to the delight of the home crowd. (Q4 3:43)
Greene roves a ground ball with two Crows on him 40m out in front, fends clear and bounces a sensational snap off the right with consummate skill and strength! (Q4 4:43)
Riccardi smothers at half forward then receives back from Greene for a running snap from 40m on the flank… across the face. (Q4 8:41)
Lloyd gathers a shank kick to half forward by Cumming and feeds Kelly who glides to true CHF and kicks a big goal, just inside the right goalpost! (Q4 9:29)
Two 8-8 teams and it has been close on the scoreboard all night, even though Adelaide have had the better of general play. (Q4 10:29)
Ward sharks a handball on the HBF, Riccardi takes a link mark on outer wing and passes to Hogan on the HFF, he tries a pass to Greene that is broken up, Greene kicks OOTF. (Q4 13:36)
Ash intercepts the rebound kick and feeds Whitfield who spots up Hogan 45m out, he gives off to Himmelberg who bangs through the go-ahead goal from 50m! (Q4 14:19)
Lloyd runs free down the HFF after a stoppage, has the goals open to him but chooses a centring ball, Jones spoils but overcommits, Fahey mops up and grubbers the goal from 20m! (Q4 22:14)
5:56 to go and it’s all Giants. (Q4 22:34)
Laird to O’Brien for the next centre clearance but Taylor beats Walker to intercept and repel the danger. (Q4 23:16)
Rankine sharks a pressured Buckley handball and shoots off a step from 20m on the flank with a checkside… into the far left goalpost. (Q4 24:16)
Adelaide works the footy around heavy traffic on outer wing and finally get clear at half forward but Keays misses a wide-open target by foot and kicks OOTF, that was terrible. (Q4 26:38)
Worrell bombs long up the guts inside 50, two Crows spoil each other 40m out. Cromedy of errors. (Q4 27:13)
Crows have run out of ideas, a minute left and still two kicks down. (Q4 29:14)
Taylor roves a Dawson diagonal kick to the centre from the HBF and gives to Greene who tumbles a kick up the guts to Lloyd 15m out. This ices the game either way… he goals. (Q4 29:44)

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