Starting the season on the back of being written off by the media following the loss of Patrick Dangerfield and a disappointing loss to North Melbourne, round 2 was a welcome change of tune.
A rather surprising blowout victory against perennial enemies Port Adelaide in the Showdown showed the footballing community that they are determined to show that one player will not be the making, nor breaking of this team. With a game against Richmond this Saturday, they will look to continue the standard they from this game.
Able to exploit the lack of man to man defence, the crows used the corridor with ease and use the space behind the zone to walk into easy goals.
Kicking 13 goals to 4 in the first half was a blistering start and an indication of just how far away the teams were from one another on the day. By three-quarter time Tom Lynch, Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins and Taylor Walker had kicked 16 goals between themselves.
Of course, aided by the poor performance of the Port Adelaide team, Adelaide’s long, crisp kicking and clean disposal were a far cry from the fourth quarter fade out against North Melbourne the week before.
With a game against Richmond this Saturday, Adelaide will need to continue with this level of disposal efficiency as they are unlikely to get the same level of help from Richmond that Port Adelaide gave them.
Richmond themselves coming off a last second loss to Collingwood will be looking to correct their start to the season. In what should be an entertaining game, if Adelaide bring the same game they did last week, they’ll win.