Crows Enjoy Loft Perch with Three Games Remaining
The premium is on focus for the Adelaide Crows side that knows the value of entering the finals as one of the top four.
Their Round 21 opponent is the Fremantle Dockers, followed by Port Adelaide and concluding with the West Coast Eagles. Only the Eagles are in the top eight, but they may have a lot on the line when they meet up with the Crows in Round 23 after dealing with the Giants first and the Hawks second.
The Crows must remain alert in order to avoid a collapse against bottom dwellers that will play with complete abandon in hopes of salvaging redemption for a year gone sour.
Currently at number three, the Crows can claim legitimate premiership aspirations, particularly after winning 10 of their last 11 and leading the league by over 100 points scored. In their last two games, against Brisbane and Essendon, they kicked 49 majors, while at the same time conceding fewer points than the top rung Hawks.
That sort of performance can only contribute to their confidence, which is that intangible without which belief in the final outcome is difficult to develop.
A cursory perusal of the ladder reveals that both Sydney franchises and the Geelong Cats have the identical 56 premiership points as do the Crows, so the final order is anything but a foregone conclusion.