Friday’s only AFL Round 17 match is between Adelaide Crows and Hawthorn Hawks. The opening bounce is set to commence at 7:20 PM local time with the game to be played at Adelaide Oval. The away team Hawthorn Hawks are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Adelaide Crows and Hawthorn Hawks.
Round:Round 17 , July 11, 2014 , 7:20 PM
Weather:15° A few showers.
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Round 17 kicks off with a killer match, the Crows taking on the Hawks on Friday night at Adelaide Oval. While the Hawks will be slight favourites to take the
points here away from home, Adelaide shouldn’t be underestimated on their home turf. A win here would see the Crows sneak into the top eight for the first time
in 2014, something which should give them more than enough incentive. However, Hawthorn will be hungry for a win themselves after losing in such an
uncharacteristic fashion last weekend to North Melbourne.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R6, 2013, Hawthorn 13.11 (89) d Adelaide 11.12 (78) at AAMI Stadium
1PF, 2012, Hawthorn 13.19 (97) d Adelaide 14.8 (92) at MCG
R3, 2012, Hawthorn 21.14 (140) d Adelaide 12.12 (84) at MCG
R1, 2011, Adelaide 16.9 (105) d Hawthorn 12.13 (85) at AAMI Stadium
R12, 2010, Hawthorn 19.10 (124) d Adelaide 11.11 (77) at Aurora Stadium
THE SIX POINTS
1. Adelaide is the number one contested marking side in 2014, averaging 11.3 marks a game compared to the seventh-ranked Hawthorn, which averages 9.9 a game.
2. One advantage for the Hawks is their goal kicking accuracy, ranked first at 58.3 per cent. The club’s most deadly in front of goal this year have been Luke Breust with 39.4 and Jack Gunston 36.17.
3. Despite sitting in the top four the Hawks are the worst tackling side in 2014, averaging just 60.6 tackles a game. The Crows are the second worst side, averaging 61.6 tackles a game.
4. When Hawthorn held off Adelaide in a tight contest last season in round six last season it was the big guns who starred: Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell each had 26 possessions; Patrick Dangerfield had 35 touches and two goals for the Crows.
5. This will be the first clash between the sides at Adelaide Oval; in Adelaide at AAMI Stadium the Crows won 11 of 15 contests.
6. Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs is rising through the ranks of the Official AFL Player Ratings. He’s currently rated the seventh best in the AFL; Hawk Ben McEvoy is ranked fourth.
B Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Ben Rutten
HB Brodie Smith, Andy Otten, Rory Laird
C Brodie Martin, Scott Thompson, Rory Sloane
HF Patrick Dangerfield, Josh Jenkins, Matthew Wright
F Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker, James Podsiadly
FOLL Sam Jacobs, Brad Crouch, Richard Douglas
I/C Matthew Jaensch, Tom Lynch, Jason Porplyzia,Ricky Henderson
EMG Luke Thompson, Jarryd Lyons, Matt Crouch
IN Jason Porplyzia
OUT David Mackay (Hamstring)
B Angus Litherland, Matt Spangher, Matthew Suckling
HB Luke Hodge, Ben Stratton, Grant Birchall
C Isaac Smith, Sam Mitchell, Liam Shiels
HF Paul Puopolo, Jack Gunston, Luke Breust
F Ryan Schoenmakers, Jarryd Roughead, Jordan Lewis
FOLL Ben McEvoy, Shaun Burgoyne, Will Langford
I/C Taylor Duryea, Ben Ross, Jonathan Simpkin,Jonathon Ceglar
EMG Kyle Cheney, Alex Woodward, Luke Lowden
IN Ben McEvoy, Will Langford, Jonathan Simpkin
OUT David Hale (Omitted), Brad Sewell (Hamstring),Brian Lake (Suspension)