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No Mitchell, no worries: Hawks stun injury-hit Crows

Highlights: Adelaide v Hawthorn The Crows and Hawks clash in round one

HAWTHORN has continued its recent dominance of Adelaide, recording a 32-point win at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The Hawks set up the 12.15 (87) to 7.13 (55) victory after half-time, kicking 3.7 to 0.2 in the third quarter.

Inflicting more pain for Adelaide was the loss of Tom Doedee in an innocuous incident; it’s feared the Adelaide defender ruptured the ACL in his left knee while trying to tackle Jarryd Roughead early in the second quarter. 

And in the final term veteran midfielder Richard Douglas hopped off the field with a right ankle injury. Adelaide medico Steve Saunders explained that Douglas sustained a right syndesmosis injury or high ankle sprain.

"He sustained a similar ankle injury last year, scans will be required tomorrow and re-evaluation mid-week is necessary to better understand the extent of injury and to formulate his management plan," Saunders explained.

 

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The home side found some run in the final term but there was little margin for errors and missed shots to Wayne Milera, Brodie Smith and Taylor Walker didn't help their cause.

Ruckman Ben McEvoy and Jaeger O'Meara kicked telling goals in the last quarter but were productive throughout while James Worpel finished with two goals and 27 possessions.

 

The visitors' defenders kept Adelaide's imposing forward line out of the game – James Sicily and James Frawley were influential, Jarman Impey’s leap and athleticism provided important rebound while new captain Ben Stratton gave Eddie Betts (two goals but only four disposals to three quarter time) little chance to spark the team and the crowd of 50,180.

Hawthorn has now won 11 of its past 12 against Don Pyke's men.

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It was a disappointing start to 2019 for the Crows with the home side struggling to generate any free-flowing play and appearing too hesitant at times.

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Rory Sloane led from the front in his first appearance as co-captain and Matt Crouch collected 39 disposals.

It was a big day for Chayce Jones, the No.9 draft pick, breaking into the Crows experienced line-up after an impressive JLT Series.

It took him nearly an hour to get a kick but when he did he made it count scoring the home side's fifth goal late in the second quarter.

And Brad Crouch got through his first AFL game since the 2017 Grand Final, the 25-year-old kicking two goals and collecting 28 touches.

 

MEDICAL ROOM

Adelaide: A double injury blow for the Crows with Tom Doedee going down in the second quarter with an ACL injury in his left knee while Richard Douglas will spend some time on the sidelines with an ankle sprain (syndesmosis). He will have scans on Sunday.

Hawthorn: Ben McEvoy and Jaeger O'Meara required stitches after clashing heads but played on and won't miss any footy. Liam Shiels dislocated a finger, but coach Alastair Clarkson isn't worried: "It'd take a broken arm to stop him playing." 

NEXT UP
It's a six-day turnaround for the Crows who tackle Sydney on Friday night. Adelaide recorded a 10-point win at the SCG in round five last year. The Hawks return home to host the Western Bulldogs at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

ADELAIDE       1.2       5.4       5.6       7.13 (55)
HAWTHORN   2.4       6.7       9.14     12.15 (87) 

GOALS
Adelaide: B.Crouch 2, Betts 2, Sloane, M.Crouch, Jones
Hawthorn: Cousins 2, Worpel 2, McEvoy 2, O'Meara 2, Gunston, Smith, Shiels, Breust

BEST 
Hawthorn: Worpel, Sicily, McEvoy, O'Meara, Gunston, Hardwick, Stratton
Adelaide: Sloane, M.Crouch, Keath, B.Crouch

INJURIES 
Hawthorn: Shiels (finger)
Adelaide: Doedee (knee), Douglas (ankle)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Chamberlain, Gianfagna

Official crowd: 50,180 at Adelaide Oval