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2023 NAB AFLW Season 8
Adelaide Crows v Kangaroos
Round 9 •
41 6.5
Full Time
38 5.8
Crows Won By 3
Norwood Oval,  Adelaide  • Kaurna

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    AFLW R9 gameday guide: Second-placed Crows await Kangas

    The tough opponents keep coming for the Roos, who head to Adelaide to face the Crows this weekend

    The tough opponents keep coming for the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos, who head to Adelaide to face the Crows this weekend.

    Darren Crocker's group will be eager to respond to their disappointing loss to the Demons in Round 8 when they hit Norwood Oval on Sunday, while the Crows will be out to defend their position in the top two.

    It's another important game with finals ramifications for the Kangas, with the home and away season winding down.

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    Adelaide Crows v North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos at Norwood Oval, 2.35pm ACDT (3.05pm AEDT)

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    The opposition

    After going seven straight weeks without a defeat to begin the 2023 campaign, the Crows suffered their first loss last week when they were trumped by Brisbane.

    While the loss dropped them to second on the ladder, the club still boasts a victory over reigning premiers Melbourne, an outfit the Roos struggled to dissect in Round 7 after quarter-time.

    Midfielder Ebony Marinoff has again been a weapon for Adelaide this season averaging 28.5 disposals and 10.5 tackles, while working in tandem with Anne Hatchard who is collecting 25.3 touches per game herself.

    Caitlin Gould and Danielle Ponter pose as threats inside the Crows' attacking 50. Both have booted 14 goals apiece and are two of only seven players in the League to have kicked 14 or more this season.

    The in-form Roo

    Erika O'Shea

    It's been an impressive fortnight for the Irish defender, who is quickly going from strength to strength in her second season as a Kangaroo.

    The No.14 was at her best in Round 7 against Port Adelaide when she gathered 18 disposals and 11 intercepts to earn one coaches' vote, and despite the result in Round 8, was a standout for North Melbourne.

    Her effective disposal, elite decision-making, and pace coming out of defence was on show throughout the night at Ikon Park.

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    Last time we met

    Adelaide 4.6 (30) def. North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos 2.4 (16) - Round 3, Season 7 (2022)

    Away from home, the Roos got off to a ripping start last time the sides met, with Alice O'Loughlin and Vikki Wall giving their side the early lead at Unley Oval.

    The Crows rallied though and after hitting back with two goals of their own in the second quarter, managed to keep the Roos to just three behind from quarter-time onwards.

    Marinoff proved difficult to contain, finishing with 29 disposals and six clearances, while Jasmine Garner collected 24 touches including 17 in the first half.

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    The Kangaroos' journey rolls on as Darren Crocker's group continues its path towards silverware.

    If you haven't already, become a 2023 AFLW North Melbourne member.

    Joining up is a great way to support not only the AFLW team, but the entire football club and AFLW competition.

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    Watch on TV or stream on your phone

    Sunday's game will be broadcast live on Channel 7 and for Foxtel and Kayo Sports subscribers.

    Team selection

    North Melbourne will name its extended squad on Thursday at 6.20pm, before revealing its final 21-player side on Friday at 5pm.

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    AFLW R9 match report: Crows break Kangaroo hearts in last gasp thriller

    The Kangaroos have fallen heartbreakingly short in the battle for second spot on the AFLW ladder against Adelaide

    The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have fallen heartbreakingly short in the battle for second spot on the AFLW ladder against Adelaide at Norwood Oval on Sunday.

    The Kangaroos led at every change but were overhauled in the closing stages as the Crows ran out three-point winners, 6.5 (41) to 5.8 (38).

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    North Melbourne threw everything at Adelaide, led by club champion Jas Garner, who kicked two goals from her 27 possessions.

    But they could not buy a goal in a breathless final quarter, and speedster Niamh Kelly popped up at the death to put Adelaide in front for the first time all afternoon.

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    The Kangaroos will rue two damaging 50m penalties: Kim Rennie's late clip on Zoe Prowse in the second quarter, and a momentum-sapping overstep by Jasmine Ferguson in the final term.

    Garner was immense for the beaten team, laying a game-high nine tackles and winning six clearances. She was supported by Ash Riddell (31 touches, six clearances), Mia King (26 touches, eight clearances) and the tireless Jenna Bruton (22 touches, eight tackles), who ensured the Roos had first use of the ball, while heaping pressure on the Crows all game.

    Kate Shierlaw (five marks and a goal) was a menacing forward target, while fellow tall Tahlia Randall also caused the Adelaide defence plenty of problems.

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    The Crows worked their way back into the game after the Kangaroos had the best of the early exchanges.

    Garner and Randall both kicked goals after winning holding-the-ball decisions in the first quarter, adding to Ellie Gavalas' opportunistic opener on her AFLW return.

    When Shierlaw pounced on an Adelaide error early in the second term, the Roos held a deserved 18-point lead, but they would find themselves under siege for much of the rest of the opening half.

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    Caitlin Gould capitalised on a Roo turnover to cut into the margin, before Zoe Prowse made the most of her 50m penalty after being caught late by Rennie.

    Following a seesawing third term, the last quarter was played at a finals-like intensity, with clean possessions at a premium as the Roos clung to a slender lead.

    07:58

    Shierlaw flew for a contested mark but collided heavily with teammate Lulu Pullar as she came down, forcing both players from the ground at a critical time in the game.

    The Kangaroos did all they could to force a decisive goal but it did not arrive. Randall had perhaps the best of the chances, throwing her hands to her head after missing a set shot from 25m out in the right forward pocket.

    After Kelly kicked her match-winner with 90 seconds on the clock, the crowd held its breath as the Kangaroos sent the ball forward, but desperate defending by the Crows resulted in a game-saving clearance by Ebony Marinoff.

    Fierce Roos get the jump

    The Kangaroos' early pressure left no doubt they planned to make amends for Round 8's disappointing loss to Melbourne. Jasmine Ferguson and Ash Riddell helped set the tone by winning holding the ball decisions inside the opening 10 minutes. Jas Garner and Tahlia Randall then went one better, both pinning Crow defenders inside 50 and kicking goals from the resulting free kicks. 

    Did you see that?

    Players on both sides were ferocious in their battle for the ball, including the usual suspects Anne Hatchard and Ebony Marinoff. But with 12 minutes left of the third quarter, the Crows’ dynamic duo was so fired up to get the ball they actually tried to steal the ball from each other. With their blinkers on and eyes only for one thing, they both crumbed the ball and tried wrenching it from each other’s hands, until it spilled up in the air and Marinoff was able to get it again, sticking out her tongue in a chuckle in the process.

    The ladder now

    The Crows’ win means they held onto second spot over the Kangaroos. They are now two games clear of the Kangaroos, and sit on equal points with Melbourne, who will face runner-up premiers Brisbane, who are currently fourth. Melbourne is ahead of Adelaide percentage-wise with 260.4 per cent compared to 196.3 per cent, but with the Crows facing 16th-placed West Coast, the top two switching places is not completely out of the question. 

    What's next?

    VU Whitten Oval is the venue for the Kangaroos' last home-and-away match before their finals campaign, against the Western Bulldogs next Saturday. Despite sitting bottom of the AFLW ladder, the Bulldogs will be brimming with confidence after chalking up their first win of the season against West Coast on Saturday, and Darren Crocker's side won't want to approach the game lightly. Bouncedown is at 1.05pm AEDT.

    Adelaide Crows      1.2   3.2  4.4   6.5 (41)
    North Melbourne  3.2   4.3   5.4   5.8 (38)

    GOALS
    Adelaide: Gould 2, Jones, Kelly, Ponter, Prowse
    North Melbourne: Garner 2, Gavalas, Randall, Shierlaw

    BEST
    Adelaide: Marinoff, Hatchard, Kelly, Biddell, J. Allan,
    North Melbourne: Garner, Riddell, King, Bruton, Randall

    INJURIES
    Adelaide: Nil
    North Melbourne:
    Pullar (head knock)

    Crowd: 3,632 at Norwood Oval

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