Adelaide report cardPosted: September 10, 2011
Won 7, Draw 0, Lost 15: Finished 14th
FINDS OF 2011
Sam Jacobs, Jared Petrenko, Jack Gunston, Rory Sloane, Shaun McKernan
Ivan Maric, Kurt Tippett, Chris Knights, Jack Gunston
James Sellar, Sam Shaw, Tony Armstrong
Brad Moran (retired), Scott Stevens (retired), Phil Davis (GWS)
WHAT THEY NEED
Another quick, line-breaking midfielder is high on the hit list, so too a key defender to aid the development of Daniel Talia and Luke Thompson.
Having lost a host of stars – Andrew McLeod, Tyson Edwards, Brett Burton, Simon Goodwin, Nathan Bock – it was always going to be a challenging year for Adelaide but despite them having the capacity to make the eight, they fell considerably short. Along the way coach Neil Craig resigned, they had a losing sequence of six games in a row which dinted their season and robbed them of any hope of seeing this group reach its potential, despite the positivity coming from the club. To make matters worse, Phil Davis announced he was heading off to Greater Western Sydney, robbing them of any meaningful contribution from a top-10 draft pick in 2008 who was a key member of their future plans, both as a
leader and the replacement at centre half back for Nathan Bock, who fled to the Gold Coast just 12 months earlier. There were some positives through the introduction of ex-Carlton ruckman Sam Jacobs and promising signs from youngsters Jared Petrenko, Jack Gunston, Rory Sloane and Shaun McKernan. Ben Rutten led the defense admirably while Scott Thompson did likewise in the midfield, and should be awarded with the best and fairest. Young tall Gunston has just quit the club and will be traded. The Crows, though, are yet to appoint a coach for 2012 but whoever takes over has a big task infront of them to re-build this list, that has so much promise but has failed to deliver.