AFL 2017 Team Previews (Part 1 of 3)

We kick off our 2017 team previews with the first six teams, Adelaide, Brisbane, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon and Fremantle.

We look at the Ins and the Outs, their Best Lineup for 2017 and key players who have an important role in 2017.


ADELAIDE CROWS

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Many Punters thought the loss of Super Star and 2015 club champion, Patrick Dangierfield, was too much of a loss to replace heading into the 2016 season.

The Crows surprised many, winning 16 games and missed out of a top finish by just percentage. Rory Sloane was at his brilliant best and Eddie Betts finishing the season 3rd on the goal kicking with 75 goals, showed his class, earning himself a contract extension. 

The Adelaide Crows season did come to a disappointing end by being knocked out by the Sydney Swans in the Semi-finals by a convincing 36pts.


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The Adelaide Crows has one of the most formidable forward lines and arguably the best rebounding defence in the competition, it would be hard to imagine the Crows not playing finals football.

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Reilly O’Brien (upgraded rookie), Jordan Gallucci (pick 15), Myles Poholke (44), Elliot Himmelberg (51), Matthew Signorello (62), Ben Davis (75), Ben Jarman (rookie)

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Matthew Jaensch (retired), Nathan Van Berlo (retired), Luke Lowden (delisted) ,Keenan Ramsey (delisted), Ricky Henderson (delisted), Mitch Grigg (delisted), Jarryd Lyons (traded – Gold Coast)

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ADELAIDE CROWS BEST 25 FOR 2017

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B: Kyle Hartigan, Daniel Talia, Luke Brown

HB: Brodie Smith, Jake Lever, Rory Laird

C: Riley Knight, Matt Crouch, Rory Atkins

HF: Mitch McGovern, Taylor Walker, Tom Lynch

F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Charlie Cameron

FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Brad Crouch

I/C: Scott Thompson, Richard Douglas, Curtly Hampton, Wayne Milera

EMG:  Kyle Cheney, Paul Seedsman, Cam Ellis-Yolmen


THE KEY PLAYERS in 2017


The Gun – Rory Sloane

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Rory is the Crows number 1 midfielder and will be relied upon heavily again. The Crows midfield lacks the depth of the other top line clubs, so I expect Rory to spend plenty of time in the middle. Last year averaged 25.2 disposals a game and I expect him to average around that again.


The Rookie – Jordan Gallucci

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The Crows first pick, number 15th overall, in the 2016 draft has really impressed the coaching staff during the preseason. A competitor who has a real x-factor about him. Will get game time in 2017, it will be up to him to see how long he stays in the side for.


Make or Break Season – Brodie Smith

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Every year I am convinced that Brodie is going to take the next step and become a fantasy gun but he just doesn’t seem to be able to deliver. Plays his role well within the side but just doesn’t accumulate enough of the football to be a vital cog in a side that has plenty of talent challenging for spots. Needs to discover another level to maintain his spot in the Crows best 22


Forgotten Solider – Cam Ellis-Yolmen

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The Crows are screaming out for added midfield depth and Cam will get first crack at it. With Lyons departure and pre season injuries to Brad Crouch, I would expect Cam to start in the middle. 

UPDATE: Injured his knee and will require full knee reconstruction – Will miss entire 2017


Comeback Kid – Curtly Hampton

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Curtly would have been very disappointed with his 2016 season and needs to make 2017 his year. He is silky smooth and could be the outside run that the crows need. Only $204,000, watch his JLT series form.


Pre-Season Watch – Riley Knight

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Another Crow who had injuries at the start of 2016 and just could break his way in to the side towards the end of the year. Outside run and polish is what the crows really lacked in 2016 and Riley is the perfect candidate to provide this. From all reports he has been flying during the pre season and looking at having a big 2017.


2017 Crystal Ball – Ladder Prediction

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3rd

17 wins – 5 loses

I expect the crows to continue on with last season’s form and finish in the top 4. They will make Adelaide Oval a fortress and a place that other teams fear to venture. If they can find the outside run then they can have a serious crack at the 2017 AFL premiership title.

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