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Highlights: Adelaide v GWS The Crows and Giants clash in qualifying final 1
AFL 2017 First Qualifying Final - Adelaide v GWS Giants

Brad Crouch monstered the Giants all night in Adelaide

Rory Atkins - 5
Busy early and set the tone in the opening term with his willingness to make a high-risk corridor kick. 

Eddie Betts - 8
One of the better finals games from a small forward. Three first-half goals including a cracker from a stoppage. Forward pressure immense and spooked Heath Shaw, who had no attacking influence. 

GAME-BREAKER: Eddie excels under Thursday night lights

Luke Brown - 8
Was the master of Toby Greene and didn’t put a foot wrong when the ball was in his area. Super game. 

Full match coverage and stats

Charlie Cameron - 5
Generally well held by Nathan Wilson but was another Crow forward who was willing to tackle and hold the ball in.

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Brad Crouch - 8
Might not have played a better match given what was at stake. Set the tone with an equal game-high six first-half tackles and 14 disposals to expose the Giants' midfielders in the clinches. 

Matt Crouch - 9
Best afield. Beat the Giants' vaunted midfielders all ends up. They could not stop him getting the pill and hurting them. His hands in tight and vision by foot continues to get better. 

Richard Douglas - 7
Two big goals in the third term including an important intercept major to break a chain of three Giants goals after the break. Hardness in the middle was important.  

Hugh Greenwood - 6
Very solid in his first final. Came in for Rory Sloane and was part of a Crows midfield which was too tough around the ball.

Kyle Hartigan - 7
Beat Jeremy Cameron to half time and then moved to Himmelberg. Did everything his coach could have asked.

Every Giant rated from the first qualifying final

Sam Jacobs - 8
Inspiring effort as he grieved following his brother's death during the week. Was beaten statistically in the hit-outs but in reality broke even and beat Shane Mumford easily on the ground. Had seven contested possessions to Mummy’s nil at half time. 

Jake Kelly - 7
Another Crow who did more than just shut down his opponents (Himmelberg and Greene). Had plenty of footy going the other way.

Riley Knight - 6
Numbers weren't big but was effective as a defensive forward. Laid an equal game-high six first-half tackles. Limited the run of Zac Williams.

Josh Jenkins - 7
His value to the team was summed up when he tackled Nick Haynes at half back in the second term to force a turnover then seconds later had sprinted back to get on the end of a fast-break goal. Played time in the ruck and kicked a goal.

Rory Laird - 7
Was paid the compliment of having defensive forward Matt De Boer go to him. Still had a significant influnce across half back. 

Jake Lever - 6
Spent some time on Harrison Himmelberg and was typically effective sweeping up across half-back and creating rebound.

Tom Lynch - 7
Roamed in his normal lead up role and was prolific as an attacking chain. Had too many wheels for Adam Tomlinson. Hit the scoreboard with a goal.

David Mackay - 6
Continues to grow as a player under Don Pyke. Tackling pressure and willingness to get involved in handball chains very good. 

Mitch McGovern - 6
Strong game across half forward. His hands continue to improve and he gave Giants skipper Phil Davis real headaches. Hit the scoreboard in the second term.

Paul Seedsman - 6
Kicked an early goal and set the tone with his willingness to break lines on the wing.

Brodie Smith - 2
Had kicked a goal and looked good before a suffering a serious knee injury. Attempted to tackle Josh Kelly but twisted awkardly 11 minutes into opening term. Ended up on the bench in crutches with the right knee iced.  

Daniel Talia - 8
Beat Jonathon Patton hands down when the match was on the line. Delivered exactly what Crows fans have come to expect. 

Taylor Walker - 6
Was very busy almost from the outset leading up to the wing and creating a link. Took a sensational pack mark and goaled to virtually kill of the match before half time.

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