ADELAIDE has made the most of a woeful Gold Coast performance to charge back into the AFL winner’s list.
Defeated by Geelong and rivals Port Adelaide in the past two weeks, the Crows couldn’t have had a more gracious opponent in the Suns as they charged to a 23.13 (151) to 8.8 (56) win on Saturday night at Metricon Stadium.
Eddie Betts had a night out, kicking six goals, while Josh Jenkins booted four with Taylor Walker and Tyson Stengle – in his first game for the Crows – bagging three each.
The victory was set up in a second-quarter display in which the Crows kicked 7.2 to the Suns’ 0.2 to open up a 64-point lead by halftime.
It might not have been as bad for the Suns as the 100 points they conceded in the first two quarters last week against Richmond, but it was close.
The last-placed Suns have slumped to 12-consecutive defeats while the crowd of 8741 was their lowest of the season.
The performance came days after chairman Tony Cochrane confirmed the Suns would apply formally for a priority draft pick to try to turn around the expansion club’s on-field woes.
Adelaide kicked the first five goals of the match on a cool but clear Gold Coast evening before two late majors at the end of the quarter by the Suns at least showed some fight by the hosts.
That fight disappeared in the second term as the Crows embarrassed the Suns multiple times.
Hugh Greenwood began their rout when he ran past his marker while dead in front of goal to score early in the quarter.
Rory Sloane exposed atrocious manning up when he ambled towards goal after being gifted a 50m penalty, handballing over the man on the mark to allow an unmarked Stengle in the goal square to score his first major for the Crows.
Jenkins made it three soft goals in a row when he smothered a Darcy MacPherson kick after the Sun had received a short kick-in before regathering the ball and kicking home.
The dire effort was capped when Betts marked over Jesse Joyce near the goal post before the Crows’ veteran picked himself up and walked past a distracted Joyce to kick perhaps the easiest of the 595 goals in his career.
When Jenkins booted the opening goal of the third term, triple premiership-winning midfielder Simon Black labelled the Suns’ lack of pressure “disgraceful” while commentating for Triple M.
By three-quarter time, with Betts and Walker running riot, the Crows had extended their margin to 93 points.
A trio of fourth-quarter goals to Alex Sexton kept the margin under 100 but the defeat would certainly give coach Stuart Dew plenty to think about for next weekend’s clash with Carlton at Marvel Stadium.
Adelaide returns home to face Essendon on Friday in a crucial clash for the top eight.
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ADELAIDE 5.7 12.9 19.10 23.13 (151)
GOLD COAST 2.3 2.5 4.7 8.8 (56)
Goals: Adelaide: E Betts 6 J Jenkins 4 T Stengle 3 T Walker 3 L Murphy 2 H Greenwood L Brown M Crouch R O’Brien W Milera. Gold Coast: A Sexton 3 S Day 2 S Lemmens 2 D MacPherson.
Umpires: Robert Findlay, Jacob Mollison, Andrew Heffernan.
Official Crowd: 8,741 at Metricon Stadium.