Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

SANFL hit-out sees Crouch set for round one

Harry Thring  March 10, 2014 12:30 PM

2_19AdPA13JE15092316.jpg

Brad Crouch has starred for Adelaide reserves against Sturt

BRAD Crouch has starred for Adelaide's SANFL side in his first competitive hit-out of the year, showing no sign of the Achilles issue that has hindered his pre-season.

The runner-up in last year's NAB AFL Rising Star Award moved cleanly in Adelaide's 71-point SANFL trial match win over Sturt on Saturday morning and was clearly the best midfielder on the ground, despite no official stats being available.
 
Crouch's performance sees him firm as a likely round-one inclusion for the Crows side that will play Geelong on March 20.
 
But it was forward Lewis Johnston who stole the spotlight on Saturday morning, booting seven goals.

In its first-ever trial match, the Crows' SANFL side thrashed Sturt by 71 points, with Johnston booting seven goals.

Adelaide reserves coach Heath Younie said it wasn't just Johnston's raw output that impressed, but his work ethic.

"It wasn't so much the seven goals that we were happy with, it was more his effort," Younie said.

"I thought he competed really well, and he just got rewarded for that."

Along with Johnston and Crouch, Sam Kerridge and rookie Charlie Cameron also shone.

Kerridge kicked four goals and Cameron two, with the rookie's defensive pressure a highlight.

"We were really happy with Charlie's output when he didn't have the footy," Younie said.

"We'd love for him to kick more goals, but if we put it into perspective, it's his first hit-out with the other boys.

"But he does look exciting."

ADELAIDE   5.3   8.8   12.12   19.18 (132)
STURT   2.2   5.4   8.5   9.7 (61)

GOALS
Adelaide: Johnston 7, Kerridge 4, Robinson 2, Cameron 2, Burns 2, Graham, Osborn
Sturt: Vitkunas 2, Smith 2, Krause 2, Penfold, Evans, Kelly

BEST
Adelaide: Johnston, Crouch, Kerridge, Burns, Battersby, Callinan, Reilly
Sturt: Wilson, Stephens, Coad, Vitkunas, Penfold

INJURIES: Nil