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Five talking points: Melbourne v Adelaide

Jayden Hunt celebrates his brilliant running goal against Adelaide - ${keywords}
Jayden Hunt celebrates his brilliant running goal against Adelaide

1. Crows are top-four bound
Adelaide is now primed for a tilt at the top four after getting the job done against Melbourne on the first anniversary of the tragic death of much loved former coach Phil Walsh. The Crows have now joined a six-team spread from second to seventh on 10 wins and is just one win off top spot. They have a healthy percentage, a healthy list and a relatively easy run home with games against Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, the Brisbane Lions and Fremantle among their final eight games. They have also won four of their past six games at the MCG and can possibly dream about a top-two finish and home run to the Grand Final.

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2. Brad Crouch showed his wares
The talented midfielder has not been able to get continuity due to injury, but he showed signs against Melbourne that he will be a very good midfielder. The out-of-contract 22-year-old was playing just his sixth game for the season, but showed he could play inside and outside against the Demons, topping the Crows' disposal count with 26. He also had seven clearances, used the ball well and laid nine tackles. In demand from Victorian clubs, he looks an X-factor for the Crows as they head towards the finals and a much-needed signature before trade period. 

3. Hunt has pace to burn
The exciting youngster is starting to become popular with Demon fans as he breaks the lines out of defence and takes risks. In the second quarter, his dash created a goal for Ben Kennedy and then later in that same term he cashed in himself kicking the first goal of his 11-game career. He also turned the tide with a tackle in the third quarter and kept battling all day. Averaging 318 metres gained for the season heading into the game, Hunt has a good pedigree. His uncle Andrew Moir played 73 games for the Demons in the late '70s and his great uncle Harold Rumney was part of the Collingwood machine between 1927-1930. He look set to excite Melbourne fans for years to come now that he is free of injury. 

 

4. Demons' second-quarter burst
Melbourne turned it on against Adelaide with an eight-goal second quarter, the ninth time it has kicked five or more goals in the second term this season. The Demons have now kicked 66.30 in second quarters this season, but remarkably have only won six of 14 – showing that they still need to work on getting the balance between defence and attack right. However, the ability to score quickly has made the Demons a much more exciting team to watch and they look like a team on the rise. That they could only manage seven more goals in the other three quarters shows consistency across a game remains a problem. 

5. Hong Kong comes to the 'G
The relationship between football and China continued on Sunday with 40 children from the Hong Kong Junior Dragons football club playing an Auskick games at half-time. The group played in Adelaide last season during a Port Adelaide game, which has broadcast games back into China this season. Hong Kong now has 450 children playing AFL during summer with the game's diversity sure to be a talking point during the AFL's Multicultural Round next week and the prospect of a game being played in China for premiership points still high on the agenda.