By Steve Larkin, AAP 03:46pm April 20, 14
DYNAMIC Patrick Dangerfield kicked five goals in Adelaide's 65-point trouncing of Greater Western Sydney in Sunday's match at Adelaide Oval.
Dangerfield, whose early season form had been ordinary by his high standards, booted four goals before half-time as Adelaide logged their second win of the season 21.11 (137) to 10.12 (72) in front of 44,770 spectators.
The Crows scored 10 unanswered goals in a 35-minute purple patch from late in the first term that effectively killed off the Giants.
Crows coach Brenton Sanderson said the home side's victory honoured 250-game milestone player Scott Thompson.
"We did focus on doing our very best to put in a good result for Scotty Thompson, who's been one of our very best players in the club's short history," he said.
"For him, great to chair him off at the end.
"Those mids were fired up today; they love Scotty Thompson and they weren't going to let this game slip today."
But Adelaide's Richard Douglas faces possible suspension for a behind-play bump that felled Giants co-captain Callan Ward in the second quarter.
Douglas' hip-and-shoulder shepherd on an unsuspecting Ward some 10m off the ball concussed the Giants' playmaker, who was substituted out of the game.
Giants coach Leon Cameron said it was then a tough ask for such young and inexperienced players to lead a comeback.
"For [Ward] to go down half way through the second and then you rely on a five-gamer or a seven-gamer or a 31-game player to actually try to pick us up off the canvas," he said.
"It's tough for them, but we've got to learn from it."
Douglas' bump took some gloss of a polished performance from Adelaide, who now have two wins and three losses this year - the same return as the Giants.
Adelaide was inspired by Dangerfield's brilliance and Scott Thompson, who celebrated his milestone with another prolific ball-winning display.
Dangerfield (33 disposals), Thompson (38), ruckman Sam Jacobs, backman Matthew Jaensch (29) and impressive third-gamer Matt Crouch (28 touches until he was subbed at three-quarter time) were influential, while Josh Jenkins kicked four goals and Matthew Wright three.
The Giants, without their prime mover Ward, were overwhelmed in the midfield, although Stephen Coniglio (29 disposals) and Toby Greene (28) battled gamely against the tide.
Sam Shaw gets a handball away as Tom Scully attempts to tackle. Picture: AFL Media
The Giants were up and about early, and for the first half of the opening term were in control of the match, but once the Crows established ascendancy late in the first quarter they struggled to remain in the contest.
The Giants' prized top draft pick Tom Boyd was barely sighted on debut. He had just five disposals and didn't score, but had plenty of similarly quiet teammates.
GWS spearhead Jeremy Cameron managed two goals in his enthralling personal duel with Adelaide's Daniel Talia, while lively Giant Jed Lamb and Josh Kelly also kicked two goals each.
ADELAIDE 4.0 11.6 16.8 21.11 (137)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 2.2 3.5 7.9 10.12 (72)
Adelaide: Dangerfield 5, Jenkins 4, Wright 3, Petrenko, Douglas 2, Kerridge, Sloane, Betts, Podsiadly, Laird
Greater Western Sydney: Cameron, Lamb, Kelly 2, Scully, Greene, Treloar, Patton
Adelaide: Dangerfield, Thompson, Jacobs, Crouch, Jaensch, Hartigan
Greater Western Sydney: Treloar, Greene, Coniglio, Haynes, Kelly, Treloar
Greater Western Sydney: Ward (concussion)
Adelaide: Matt Crouch replaced by Tom Lynch at three-quarter time
Greater Western Sydney: Callan Ward replaced by Adam Tomlinson at half-time
Greater Western Sydney: Nil
Umpires: Fleer, Pannell, Findlay
Official crowd: 44,770 at Adelaide Oval