ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 21: Taylor Walker of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 05 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Gold Coast Suns at the Adelaide Oval on April 21, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos)
Adelaide’s 73-point win over Gold Coast on Easter Sunday keeps the Crows’ perfect record over the expansion club intact.
The Crows have now won all 12 games against the Suns since their first meeting in 2011 and are the only AFL club to still hold a 100 per cent win record in head-to-head meetings.
Adelaide’s average winning margin against the Suns is now 57 points.
The Crows recorded the most contested possessions of any AFL club in Round Five, finishing with 169.
It was a significant turnaround on the first four rounds, where the Crows ranked 16th in the AFL for contested possessions with an average of 136 per game.
Co-captain Rory Sloane collected a round-high 20 contested possessions against the Suns.
Adelaide’s final score of 119 points was a season-high and marked the first time the side had reached triple figures in 2019.
The Crows have topped 100 points in each of their meetings with the Suns.
Adelaide capitalised on the Suns’ turnovers in Round Five, kicking 14 of their 18 goals from the visitors’ 81 turnovers.
On Sunday, Eddie Betts became the 86th player in AFL/VFL history to reach 300 games.
He also become the second player in history to kick six goals in his 300th game after Jack Dyer achieved the feat in Round Two, 1949.
Crows great Mark Ricciuto booted five goals in his 300th game against North Melbourne in 2006.
Goals kicked in 300th V/@AFL game
0 goals: 45 players
1 goal: 19 players
2 goals: 8 players
3 goals: 8 players
4 goals: Jason Akermanis
5 goals: Mark Ricciuto, Kevin Bartlett, Brad Johnson
6 goals: EDDIE BETTS, Jack Dyer
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) April 21, 2019
It was the first time Betts has booted six goals since the Round Four, 2017 win over Essendon, and the seventh time in his career he has kicked six goals or more.
Betts’ haul took his career goals tally to 575, jumping to equal 36th on the all-time goalkickers list.
He overtook Richard Osborne (574), Stephen Milne (574) and Norm Smith (572) and will pass Simon Madden and Simon Beasley with the next goal he kicks.
Tony Modra (588 career goals) sits at 35th.
The Crows also had the most contested marks (15) and hard ball gets (65) in Round Five, with Cam Ellis-Yolmen (nine), Hugh Greenwood (eight) and Sloane (seven) all in the top three for hard ball gets across the competition.
The Crouch brothers, Brad and Matt, both collected 36 disposals against the Suns – made up of 13 kicks and 23 handballs.
For two brothers having the same number of disposals, 36 is the highest number, overtaking the 32 each by Chad and Kane Cornes in Round 21, 2007.
Taylor Walker took five marks on the lead on Sunday, all of which came inside forward 50.
The Crows captain kicked 3.2 for the game, while handing off another two goal assists.
David Mackay was the top-rated Crow for the game with 121 ranking points.
He finished with 23 disposals at 87 per cent efficiency, six inside 50s, four rebound 50s, five clearances, eight tackles and 476 metres gained.
All three of his kicks inside 50 were retained.
— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) April 22, 2019
Adelaide – 455
Gold Coast – 389
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Gold Coast – 69%
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Gold Coast – 220
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Gold Coast – 238
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Gold Coast – 83
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Gold Coast – 56
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Source: Adelaide Crows website