Dynamic Crows brothers dominate Suns
THE Crows have all but silenced critics who claimed Adelaide's lack of midfield depth would prevent them from claiming this year's premiership, with a resounding 67-point win over the Suns.
Rory Sloane set the example for his cartel with a game-high 13 tackles, as well as 30 possessions, nine clearances and a goal.
But his effort wasn't a solo one.
He was ably assisted by the Crouch brothers, with Brad's return after a lay off from a hamstring injury a resounding success. At halftime, the brothers had 44 touches between them and would go on to finish with a combined 67.
Matt was a clearance beast, his 10 complementing Sloane's nine. And around half of both brothers' possessions were contested.
Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker said the maturation of the Crouch brothers, and the midfield group as a whole, was intrinsic to the club's unbeaten start to the season.
"How good are they? They're playing some good footy," Walker told Fox Footy.
"It was great to see Brad slot back in with 30-odd possessions. Our midfield is still gelling and maturing as we go."
Former Giant Curtly Hampton was also outstanding. He kicked the opening two goals of the match - his first two in Crows colours - and provided a presence around the ground with six marks.
Emblematic of the team, he had more handballs than kicks, with the Crows link up run stunning the home team into submission.
The Rorys - that of Laird and Atkins - provided important run and carry, with exciting speedsters Wayne Milera and Charlie Cameron down on their usual input.
And that says something.
While Adelaide's midfield may not bat as deep as the Giants or indeed the Swans in terms of A-grade talent, they certainly have depth.
Even with two of their most improved players far from their best, it mattered little. This Adelaide midfield has a seemingly endless supply of strings.
Richard Douglas and David Mackay are another two midfielders who are capable of performing roles, while the hard running Tom Lynch also rotates through the middle.
THE deliberate rushed behind rule has created a lot of confusion this season.
And young Gold Coast defender Kade Kolodjashnij was the latest to be left scratching his head after giving up a goal right on quarter time due to the interpretation.
Not under pressure as he collected the footy, Kolodjashnij accidentally lost his footing and slipped to the ground - where he was rushed upon by Adelaide forward Troy Menzel.
Now under sudden pressure, the Suns backman touched the ball through for a behind.
However, the umpire deemed that Kolodjashnij could have disposed of the footy prior to falling over, ruling it a deliberate rushed behind and gifting Menzel a goal on the siren.
It came as a big blow for Gold Coast, who fell 34 points short of Adelaide at the first change.
AH CHEE COMES OF AGE
IT WAS a breakout game for Gold Coast youngster Callum Ah Chee.
Taken with Pick 8 in the 2015 national draft, Ah Chee was a junior with lofty potential.
And he showed all of it on an otherwise dark day for the Suns, who were thrashed by the Crows to end their two-match winning streak.
Ah Chee kicked a career-best five goals to go with 11 disposals and four marks.
And while Rodney Eade might have plenty to ponder given his side's performance, he'll like what he saw in the form of the talented small forward.
THE Crows convincing win was soured by an injury to All-Australian defender Daniel Talia in the opening minute of match.
In an innocuous, off the ball incident, Talia was seen grabbing at his upper left leg barely seconds after the first bounce.
Despite registering a kick, Talia headed straight to the bench where he was examined by the club doctor. He immediately went into the rooms and by half time had donned a tracksuit, signalling his day was over.
While scans will confirm the extent of the injury, the initial signs were worrying.
Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn had surgery on his hamstring last week and is expected to miss up to three months of footy.