Blake Hardwick- 8
Hardwick is a defensive rock and such an on field general. He gives real homage to the number 15 jumper,
James Frawley- 7
The veteran key back man destroyed Jenkins
Jarman Impey– 8.5
I thought Impey was exceptional and probably did not receive the plaudits deserving for his game. His defensive work in the backline was first rate. As well as his reading of the play which saw him take many intercept marks whilst zoning off in defence
Shaun Burgoyne- 4
A quiet game for the legend
David Mirra- 7
Did his role in a very assured manner in defence
Ben Stratton- 9
Ben Stratton owning Eddie Betts ….
Harry Morrison- 5
Liam Shiels- 6
Shiels was typically workmanlike
Isaac Smith- 6
Smith was ok without ever leaving a real mark on the game
Jarryd Roughead- 5
The veteran played his role forward without ever really leaving a mark on the game
Conor Nash- 4
Nash played his role and did enough to remain in the 22.
James Sicily- 9
Brilliant, and then some
Luke Breust- 4
Breust kicked a nice snap goal but did little else
Jack Gunston- 7
After missing the whole preseason, I thought Gunston was very good.
Paul Puopolo- 3
A fairly average display and would want to improve to stay in the best 22 with the amount of promising small forwards waiting in the wings.
Ben McEvoy- 9
It was interesting hearing the commentators mention how great of a recruit McEvoy has been for the club after being traded from StKilda. He is not only arguably the most underrated ruck man in the league but also such an on field general
James Worpel- 9.5
His best game for the club
Jaeger O’Meara- 8.5
O’Meara left such a mark on the game.
Jack Scrimshaw- 5
He was ok in his debut
Ricky Henderson- 7
Henderson is always a contributor
Jonathon Ceglar- 6
I really liked Ceglar’s game. He offered great support as the second ruck which kept the acid on the Adelaide followers
James Cousins- 7
If not for a few skill errors with his kicking, I would have rated Cousins alongside Worpel. He was very good. A game highlighted by his smother in the third quarter and follow up to kick a defining goal
Alastair Clarkson – 9.5
Clarkson is a vindicated coaching genius. This game showcased this with his tactics. There was a distinct change in game plan from the lauded uncontested style which saw the club dominate to a uglier and marauding style. It was so pressure based where the space was suffocated for the Crows which never allowed them to breath. It seemed obvious that he deems Adelaide as a soft touch who like things on their terms. If you hit them and pressure them they are exposed as hype jobs with few in their line up possessing the plums to stand up and try to make a difference.
The rotating zone off man in defence which completely skewed Adelaide’s forward 50 entries was pivotal. At the end of last year teams sent a man to mark James Sicily who had been so prominent in the role. This wasn’t made possible with many rolling through defence as the spare man. Jarman Impey stood out as part of this with his intercept marking.