Adelaide Football Club
|Adelaide Football Club|
|Full name||Adelaide Football Club|
|Motto||Natus Ad Magna Gerenda ("Born to Great Things"), "We Fly As One"|
|Leading goalkicker||Eddie Betts (75)|
|Colours||Navy blue Red Gold|
|Competition||Australian Football League
Senior Men's Competition
Senior Women's Competition
South Australian National Football League
Men's Reserves Team
|Coach||AFL: Don Pyke
AFLW: Bec Goddard
SANFL: Ryan O'Keefe
|Captain(s)||AFL: Taylor Walker
AFLW: Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall
SANFL: Hugh Greenwood and Alex Keath
|Premierships||AFL: 2 - 1997, 1998
AFLW: 1 - 2017
|Ground(s)||Adelaide Oval (capacity: 53,698)|
|Former ground(s)||Football Park (1991–2013)|
|Training ground(s)||Football Park|
The Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed the Crows, is a professional Australian rules football club that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club is based in Adelaide, South Australia, playing its home matches at Adelaide Oval. The club has its training and administration base at Football Park in West Lakes, where it previously played home matches between 1991 and 2013. The club song is "The Pride of South Australia", to the tune of the Marines' Hymn.
The Crows were formed in 1990 as a composite team owned by the SANFL and played their first season in 1991. They won both the 1997 and 1998 Grand Finals, and have appeared in 14 finals series in their 26-year history.
The club is currently captained by Taylor Walker and coached by Don Pyke. Walker was appointed captain prior to the 2015 season, while Pyke permanently succeeded the late Phil Walsh as head coach in October 2015.
- 1 History
- 2 Club symbols
- 3 Membership base and sponsorship
- 4 Notable supporters
- 5 Club honour board
- 6 Pre-season competition
- 7 AFL Women's team
- 8 SANFL team
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
1990's: Foundation and back-to-back triumph
After the VFL was renamed the AFL for the 1990 season, the SANFL clubs unanimously resolved, in May 1990, that a team would not be entered into the AFL until season 1993. The AFL refused to accept this, and revised negotiations with individual clubs Port Adelaide and Norwood. Two months later, the Port Adelaide Football Club reached terms of agreement with the AFL to enter a team into its competition in season 1991. The other nine SANFL clubs reacted strongly and entered into litigation in an endeavour to halt Port's bid. As the terms offered were more favourable than previously offered, talks were resumed. On 19 September 1990, the AFL approved the bid for a new South Australian club to enter to the league, rather than a single existing SANFL club.
The Adelaide Crows played their first season in the AFL in 1991. Inaugural coach Graham Cornes and captain Chris McDermott led Adelaide to a respectable ninth place out of 15 in the league, with 10 wins and 12 losses and a percentage of 89.44. Adelaide's first AFL game was against Hawthorn on Friday 22 March at their then home ground, Football Park (later renamed AAMI Stadium). The Crows defeated the eventual premiers by a hefty 86-point margin, winning 24.11 (155) to 9.15 (69). The club reached its first finals series in 1993 AFL season, eventually losing to Essendon in the preliminary final.
Premiership glory in 1997 and 1998
The year 1997 marked the entry of a second South Australian club, Port Adelaide. The Crows easily qualified for the finals series and hosted fifth-placed West Coast in the First Elimination Final. In the first final ever to be played at Football Park, the Crows won 14.15 (99) to 9.12 (66). The next week, Adelaide hosted Geelong, who had come second but lost the previous week to North Melbourne, in the Second Semi Final, winning narrowly: 11.10 (76) to 9.14 (68). This set up an away Preliminary Final against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG. Despite losing Coleman Medallist Tony Modra, who had kicked 84 goals for the season, to an ACL injury in the first quarter and trailing by 31 points at half time, the Crows kicked four unanswered goals in the last quarter to record a two-point victory, 12.21 (93) to 13.13 (91), with Darren Jarman kicking a goal to put Adelaide in front with less than two minutes remaining. This allowed the Crows to qualify for their first AFL Grand Final, to be played against St Kilda at the MCG a week later.
St Kilda, chasing their second Premiership in VFL/AFL history, were warm favourites to win the Grand Final, having come first in the minor round and won both of their finals by margins of 46 and 31 points, against an Adelaide side without Tony Modra, Mark Ricciuto and goalsneak Peter Vardy due to injury. However, the Crows again overcame a half-time deficit, kicking 14 second-half goals to win by 31 points, 19.11 (125) to 13.16 (94). Darren Jarman kicked six goals, five of which came in the last quarter, whilst utility Shane Ellen kicked a career-best five and Troy Bond kicked four. Andrew McLeod, who gathered 31 possessions across half-back and in the midfield, won the Norm Smith Medal for the best player on-field in the Grand Final. The win is arguably one of the finest moments in South Australian sporting history.
Adelaide often struggled in close matches during the 1998 AFL season; seven of their nine losses were by 13 points or less, compared to only three wins by corresponding margins (they finished the regular season 13-9). The Crows showed mixed form in their opening two finals matches, though they were good enough to, for the second year in a row, play the Western Bulldogs in a Preliminary Final at the MCG. In contrast to the thriller that took place the previous year, however, the Crows defeated the Bulldogs soundly, 24.17 (161) to 13.15 (93). Matthew Robran kicked six goals and Andrew McLeod, opposed to renowned tagger Tony Liberatore, booted seven.
Like the previous year, Adelaide went into the Grand Final as underdogs, playing against North Melbourne, who had won the Premiership in 1996 and had won eleven consecutive matches leading up to the Grand Final. North Melbourne led by 24 points at half-time, 6.15 (51) to 4.3 (27), with only their inaccurate goalkicking keeping Adelaide in the contest. However, as they had in the previous year, Adelaide dominated the second half to win by 35 points, 15.15 (105) to 8.22 (70). Darren Jarman kicked five goals, while Andrew McLeod won his second successive Norm Smith Medal, an unprecedented feat. Club legendMark Ricciuto won the Crows' Club Champion award in 1998. Following a disappointing year in 1999, premiership coach Malcolm Blight resigned from the role and the Crows entered the new millennium with two premierships under their belt.
2000's: Finals and near misses
The Crows next made the finals in 2001 AFL season, this after losing their opening three matches for the season. Adelaide played fifth-placed Carlton at the MCG in the First Elimination Final and were roundly defeated, 17.16 (118) to 6.14 (50). High-profile forward Darren Jarman announced his retirement after the match. Adelaide's impressive 2002 AFL season (in which they achieved a 15-7 win-loss record) came undone at the penultimate stage, losing the Collingwood in the Preliminary Final at the MCG. Ben Hart won his second Malcolm Blight Medal in 2002, with Tyson Edwards finishing runner-up. Brett Burton led the Crows' goalkickers with 51. Hart and Mark Ricciuto were both named as All-Australians. Adelaide then extracted some revenge by defeating Collingwood in the pre-season competition in 2003, a first win of its kind for the club. The Crows' impressive 2003 season was eventually halted by the Brisbane Lions at The Gabba in the semi-finals. That season Adelaide captain Mark Ricciuto became the first Crow to win the Brownlow Medal for the best and fairest player in the AFL in a three-way tie with Adam Goodes and Nathan Buckley. The Crows returned to finals in 2005 and recorded a famous win in what to this day remains the only Showdown match against rivals Port Adelaide in the semi-finals. They then lost once more at the penultimate stage (preliminary final), to West Coast at Subiaco Oval by 16 points. This was a feat the club unfortunately repeated in 2006 when they again lost to West Coast in the preliminary final, this time at home and by an even smaller margin.
Remarkably, Adelaide went on to qualify for finals for each of the remaining seasons in the 2000s, falling short at the elimination or semi-final on each occasion. Collingwood proved to be the most obvious of villains, knocking the Crows out of the finals race successively in 2008 and 2009. Andrew McLeod and Bernie Vince won club best and fairest awards in that time.
Adelaide's finals runs in the 2000s
|Year||Lost in||Opponent||Margin of defeat|
|2001||Elimination Final||Carlton||68 points|
|2002||Preliminary Final||Collingwood||28 points|
|2003||Semi Final||Brisbane Lions||42 points|
|2005||Preliminary Final||West Coast||16 points|
|2006||Preliminary Final||West Coast||10 points|
|2007||Elimination Final||Hawthorn||3 points|
|2008||Elimination Final||Collingwood||31 points|
|2009||Semi Final||Collingwood||5 points|
2010's: Rebuilding and tragedy
Adelaide had a disastrous start to the 2010 season, losing their first six matches of the home and away season. They did recover to some extent in the back half of the year, finishing 11th with nine wins and thirteen losses, the first time under coach Neil Craig that the team did not make the finals. The season marked a turning point, with the likes of McLeod, Simon Goodwin and fellow stars Brett Burton, Tyson Edwards and Trent Hentschel all announcing their retirements during the season. Long-term defender and club stalwart Nathan Bock announced he was leaving the club to join new side Gold Coast. These changes led to a disastrous 2011 campaign, which proved to be the worst season in the club's history. After a 103-point loss to fading champions St Kilda, the club's longest-serving coach Neil Craig stepped down, handing the reins to assistant coach and former premiership captain Mark Bickley as caretaker for the remainder of the season. Under Bickley the club won three of their next four games, but lost their final two to Richmond and West Coast, finishing in 14th place with 7 wins and 15 losses, both club worsts. Scott Thompson won the Malcolm Blight Medal (best and fairest award) for the season. New coach Brenton Sanderson began his era at the club with a pre-season premiership in 2012 and followed up that success with an above-expectations regular season; the Crows finishing 17-5 and never once losing consecutive matches. Adelaide eventually qualified to face minor premiers Hawthorn at the MCG in the First Preliminary Final. Hawthorn led for most of the match and despite Adelaide taking the lead with five minutes remaining, the Hawks responded to win the match by five points, yet another heartbreaking finals series loss for the Crows. Adelaide would then fall under the weight of expectations to some degree in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, narrowly missing the top 8 on both occasions. This led to Sanderson being sacked at the end of the 2014 season. The club moved home matches to the newly redeveloped Adelaide Oval at the start of the 2014 season, though to this day the Crows retain their training and administrative headquarters at their old home stadium, Football Park.
Transfer of SANFL license
In March 2014, on the eve of the new season, the South Australian Football Commission announced it had struck a deal with the Adelaide Football Club which required the SANFL to transfer its ownership of the Crows' license to the club, in exchange for payments totalling $11.326 million between 2013 and 2028. The arrangement marked the first time the Adelaide Football Club had independent control of its own administration and came in conjunction with measures designed to solidify the SANFL's control of game development and the sport in South Australia.
Death of Phil Walsh
The 2015 season started successfully for the Adelaide Football Club with a 77-point win over reigning preliminary finalists North Melbourne. Newly appointed coach Phil Walsh oversaw a rapidly improving team that became known for their skilled ball use and ability to grind out wins. During the season, Adelaide was cleared of any wrongdoing by the AFL in the Eddie Betts affair, which became newsworthy following an allegation that Betts's transfer to the Crows from Carlton had been illegally signed and approved as much as 18 months prior to his move.
On 3 July, two days prior to Adelaide's then-scheduled round 14 match against Geelong, coach Phil Walsh was the victim of a domestic dispute and died from multiple stab wounds at the age of 55. The tragedy was followed by an outpouring of sympathy and tributes from the club's fans and the wider AFL community. The match against the Cats was cancelled, with both teams receiving two premiership points each. Adelaide's SANFL team's match against South Adelaide, scheduled for the next day, was postponed until later in the season. On 6 July, assistant coach Scott Camporeale was appointed interim coach for the remainder of the season, while West Coast premiership coach John Worsfold was hired as coaching director to support Camporeale. Inspiringly, the team rebounded to win six of their next seven games and qualify for the 2015 finals series, where they defeated the Western Bulldogs by seven points in a thrilling elimination final at the MCG. Their season ended when they lost to eventual premiers Hawthorn the next week.
2016–present: Don Pyke era
Star midfielder for many years Patrick Dangerfield left the club at the end of the 2015 season (a season in which he won the club's best and fairest) and Don Pyke, a former premiership player and assistant coach with West Coast who had also been an assistant coach at Adelaide from 2005 to 2006, was appointed Adelaide's senior coach for at least three years. Adelaide was widely tipped to slide out of the finals in 2016 but the Crows proved to be one of the successes of the season, comfortably qualifying for a home elimination final and defeating North Melbourne by 62 points, before being eliminated the next week by Sydney in the semi-finals.
Adelaide currently has three guernsey designs which are used in different matches throughout the season.
- Home guernsey
The home guernsey features navy blue, red and gold hoops. It is worn at all matches designated as home games for the club as well as in selected away games (currently only Geelong, Port Adelaide and Sydney). The jumper is worn with navy shorts at all home and away games, except for away Showdowns, where it is paired with white shorts. It has had minor variations through its history since debuting with the club in 1991, including adding a white outline to the numbers in 1996, and the removal of yellow cuffs and addition of navy blue panels down the sides (due to manufacturers template design) in 2006. In 2009 the yellow cuffs and full hoops returned. In 2010 the hoops were cut off again at the sides. For 2016, the club removed the side panels, returning to the full hoops of the original design.
- Clash guernsey
The clash guernsey is a predominantly white based design, worn in away games where the standard home guernsey may cause a clash of colours with the home team. It features three hoops around the sternum in the clubs colours of red, yellow and navy blue, and is always worn with white shorts. The current clash guernsey was introduced in 2016, and is more similar to the home strip than those of previous years.
- Alternative guernsey
The alternative guernsey is the same design as the clash guernsey, but with a gold base instead of white. It is worn in away games in which it provides a greater contrast with the home team than either the home or white clash guernseys. It is always worn with white shorts.
In previous seasons, the Crows have had variations of alternate guernseys.
- Pre-season guernsey (1996–98)
The club briefly used an alternate design in the pre-season competition. It was still in the club colours, but featured the club logo prominently on the front and continuing over onto the back.
- Away guernsey (1999–2009)
The away guernsey was originally intended for use in all matches designated as away games, except finals. The design had changed several times over the years since it was first used in 1999. From 2006 the red was removed from the top of the guernsey, moving it closer to the home guernsey. Its usage had waned since the introduction of the "clash" guernsey, to the point where it was only used twice in 2007, against the Western Bulldogs in round 2 and Collingwood in round 22. In a few away matches that year, the club also continued to use the traditional "home" guernsey, something which had rarely been done since the away strip was introduced. In response to this, a new away guernsey was introduced in 2008 featuring more red and yellow with a flying crow on the front – similar in design to the mid-90s pre-season jumper.
- Clash guernsey (2006–2012)
The clash guernsey was first introduced for season 2006 and was radically different from the "home" and "away" designs at the time. It was worn at all away games where the AFL deemed there to be a clash with the home team's guernsey design. Those clubs officially on the "clash list" included Carlton, Essendon, Fremantle, Melbourne and Richmond. Despite this, the AFL forced the club to wear it against other teams, such as Hawthorn and St Kilda in 2007, West Coast in 2008 and the Brisbane Lions in 2008 and 2009. The first clash guernsey was red, and was worn from 2006-2009. The club first adopted a white clash guernsey in 2010, which was worn in a majority of away games, meaning the traditional home jumper was rarely worn away from home. It featured the club logo on the front with stylised curves in club colours on the front and back with navy stripes down the sides. The design was changed a number of times over the years, but remained predominately white.
Membership base and sponsorship
In 2006, the club made history becoming the first club in VFL/AFL history to have more than 50,000 members. They broke that record in 2007, signing up 50,146 members after only round one of the season. The club failed to continue this record run and subsequently signed 48,720 members in 2008. The club has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the Toyota Camry brand since its inception, leading the club to be known in promotional materials as the "Camry Crows".
Two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt has been the club's number one ticket holder since December 2002. Federal politician Kate Ellis is the number 1 female ticket holder and Greg Champion, a musician and radio broadcaster, is the Melbourne number 1 ticket holder. Australian golfer Adam Scott is also an honorary member of the club. Australian musician Guy Sebastian is also a supporter of the crows.
Club honour board
- Highest score for: 30.8 (188) – vs Essendon at AAMI Stadium on 2 June 2006 (Round 10)
- Lowest score for: 3.6 (24) – vs St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on 22 July 2011 (Round 18)
- Highest score against: 32.18 (210) – Geelong at Kardinia Park on 9 May 1992 (Round 8)
- Lowest score against: 1.7 (13) – Fremantle at AAMI Stadium on 11 July 2009 (Round 15)
- Highest aggregate score: 44.33 (297) – vs Geelong at Kardinia Park on 9 May 1992 (Round 8)
- Lowest aggregate score: 11.19 (85) – vs Melbourne at the MCG on 26 April 2009 (Round 5)
- Lowest winning score: 6.12 (48) – vs Collingwood at Football Park on 25 August 1997 (Round 21)
- Highest losing score: 19.11 (125) – vs Kangaroos at Football Park on 6 May 2000 (Round 9)
- Highest quarter score: 14.2 (86) – vs Fitzroy at Football Park on 28 July 1996 (Round 17, second quarter)
- Greatest winning margin: 139 points – vs Richmond at Football Park on 16 July 1993 (Round 16)
- Greatest losing margin: 141 points – vs Brisbane Lions at The Gabba on 24 July 2004 (Round 17)
- Longest winning streak: 10 matches – from 18 June 2005 (Round 13, vs Richmond at Telstra Dome) to 27 August 2005 (Round 22, vs West Coast at Subiaco Oval)
- Longest losing streak: 9 matches – from 8 August 1999 (Round 19, vs Brisbane Lions at Football Park) to 8 April 2000 (Round 5, vs Brisbane Lions at The Gabba)
- Longest winning streak against an opponent: 10 matches – vs Gold Coast from 14 May 2011 (Round 8, at AAMI Stadium) to 22 April 2017 (Round 5, at Metricon Stadium; streak ongoing)
- Longest losing streak against an opponent: 7 matches – vs Port Adelaide from 6 August 2000 (Round 22, at Football Park) to 31 August 2003 (Round 22, at AAMI Stadium), vs Hawthorn from 15 April 2012 (Round 3, at the MCG) to 22 April 2016 (Round 5, at the MCG)
- Largest home attendance: 53,141 – vs Geelong at Adelaide Oval on 13 May 2016 (Round 8)
- Largest non-finals attendance: 54,790 – vs Collingwood at the MCG on 12 July 2013 (Round 16)
- Largest attendance: 99,645 – vs St Kilda at the MCG on 27 September 1997 (Grand Final)
- Most goals in a match by an individual: 13 – Tony Modra vs Richmond at Football Park on 16 July 1993 (Round 16), Tony Modra vs Carlton at Football Park on 27 March 1994 (Round 1)
- Most disposals in a match by an individual: 51 – Scott Thompson vs Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on 20 August 2011 (Round 22)
|1997 AFL Grand Final|
|Saturday, 27 September (2:30 pm)||St Kilda||def. by||Adelaide||MCG (crowd: 99,645 )|
|Umpires: Kennedy (7), Sheehan (9), Nash (14)
Norm Smith Medal: Andrew McLeod (Adelaide)
Television broadcast: Seven Network
National anthem: Marina Prior
|Heatley 3, Hall 3, Loewe 2, Jones, Burke, Winmar, Peckett, Harvey||Goals||Jarman 6, Ellen 5, Bond 4, Smart, Goodwin, Rintoul, Caven|
|Harvey, Jones, Burke, Hall, Cook, Keogh||Best||McLeod, Jarman, Johnson, Ellen, Goodwin, Caven|
|1998 AFL Grand Final|
|Saturday, 26 September (2:30pm)||Adelaide||def.||North Melbourne||MCG (crowd: 94,431)|
|Umpires: Coates (6), Kennedy (7), Goldspink (32)
Norm Smith Medal: Andrew McLeod
Television broadcast: Seven Network
National anthem: Rob Guest
|Jarman 5, Smart 3, Vardy 2, James, Pittman, Johnson, Thiessen, Ricciuto||Goals||Blakey, Pike, Abraham, Carey, Roberts, Bell, Allison, Simpson|
|McLeod, Hart, Jarman, Johnson, Rehn, Caven, Bickley||Best||Pickett, Stevens, Martyn, Abraham|
"Team of the Decade"
While some sides named their "Team of the Century" to coincide with the AFL centenary celebrations in 1996, Adelaide only joined the league in 1991, and so later on named their "Team of the Decade", covering the period from 1991 to 2000. As well as earning selection in the team, Mark Ricciuto was named 'Player of the Decade' and Mark Bickley 'Team Man of the Decade.'
- Graham Cornes, 1991–1994
- Robert Shaw, 1995–1996
- Malcolm Blight, 1997–1999
- Gary Ayres, 2000–2004*
- Neil Craig, 2004–2011**
- Mark Bickley, 2011 (interim)
- Brenton Sanderson, 2012–2014
- Phil Walsh, 2015***
- Scott Camporeale, 2015 (interim)
- Don Pyke, 2016–present
*Gary Ayres was told that his contract would not be extended when it expired after the 2004 season, and he decided to quit immediately. Assistant coach Neil Craig took over from round 14 as a caretaker coach and was later appointed senior coach for 2005 and beyond.
**Neil Craig resigned the day after a 103-point loss to St Kilda, allowing assistant coach Mark Bickley to coach the remaining six games in the season. Post-season, the club underwent a search for a new coach and hired Brenton Sanderson for the role from 2012.
***Phil Walsh died midway through his first year as coach, the victim of stab wounds in a domestic incident. Assistant coach Scott Camporeale was appointed interim coach for the remainder of the season. After the season, Don Pyke was appointed senior coach from 2016.
- Chris McDermott, 1991–1994
- Tony McGuinness, 1995–1996
- Mark Bickley, 1997–2000
- Mark Ricciuto, 2001–2007
- Simon Goodwin, 2008–2010
- Nathan van Berlo, 2011–2014*
- Taylor Walker, 2015–present
Current playing list and coaching staff
Adelaide Football Club
|Senior list||Rookie list||Coaching staff|
Updated: 20 July 2017
|2003 Wizard Cup Grand Final||SG||G||B||Total|
|Venue: Telstra Dome, Melbourne||Crowd: 43,571|
|2012 NAB Cup Grand Final||SG||G||B||Total|
|Venue: Football Park, Adelaide||Crowd: 27,376|
AFL Women's team
In April 2016, the football club launched a bid to enter a team in the inaugural AFL Women's season in 2017. The bid was constructed in partnership with AFLNT, with the club to share resources and facilities between its Adelaide base and AFLNT's Darwin location The bid became a success in June of that year when the league announced they had been awarded one of eight inaugural licences.
The team played home games in Adelaide and Darwin in 2017.
Adelaide secured their place in the grand final against undefeated Brisbane with a come-from-behind victory against Collingwood, noted for Sarah Perkins' four-goal performance. The only match between Adelaide and Brisbane before the grand final was Adelaide's 3-point loss to Brisbane in round five, which knocked Adelaide off the top of the ladder.
Effectively the visiting team at Metricon Stadium, Adelaide took an early lead which they never relinquished. They withstood a fourth quarter burst by Brisbane to win by six points, 4.11 (35) to 4.5 (29), and took the trophy as 2017 AFL Women's Premiers. Co-captain Erin Phillips stood out, kicking two goals in a best-on-ground performance.
Adelaide Football Club (AFL Women's)
|Senior list||Rookie list||Coaching staff|
Updated: 30 May 2017
Club Champion winners
The Adelaide Crows entered a team in the local South Australian National Football League in 2014 under a 15-year commitment. The team is made up of AFL senior listed players and SANFL top up players.
|Season||Ladder||Win-Loss||Finals||Coach||Captain||Best and Fairest||Leading Goalkicker|
|2014||8th||7-11||DNQ||Heath Younie||Ian Callinan||Ian Callinan||Ian Callinan (27)|
|2015||7th||8-9 (1 draw)||DNQ||Heath Younie||Ian Callinan||Ian Callinan||James Podsiadly (46)|
|2016||4th||11-7||Preliminary Finalist||Heath Younie||Luke Carey||Jonathon Beech||Harry Dear (37)|
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