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Brenton Sanderson enjoyed a dream start as Adelaide’s senior coach, leading his side to an unbeaten pre-season series on the way to the 2012 pre-season NAB Cup title.

The Crows clinched their first piece of silverware since 2003 and the $180,000 prizemoney by overcoming West Coast in the final at AAMI Stadium, on March 17.

Midfielder Bernie Vince responded to a controversial week, winning the Michael Tuck Medal as best afield after collecting 29 disposals.

Taylor Walker booted three goals, including a super goal in the second term to spark an Adelaide revival, and Matt Jaensch kicked an important nine-pointer in the third term after being subbed on at the main break.

Scott Thompson, Patrick Dangerfield, Brent Reilly and Sam Shaw also played major roles for the Crows and were the players able to stem the flow when the Eagles made a charge early in the final quarter to cut the margin to 12 points.

Sanderson said the pre-season cup was a “nice reward” for the Crows’ perfect pre-season of five wins from five matches.

“We have a very young group so there are going to be some ups and downs,” he said. “But what this gives is a bit of confidence that we can match it with the better sides.”

It was Adelaide’s second pre-season title from five grand finals. Michael Doughty, Graham Johncock and Brent Reilly also played in the 2003 pre-season Cup win.

The team:

B: Graham Johncock, Daniel Talia, Andy Otten

HB: Brodie Smith, Sam Shaw, Michael Doughty

C: Brent Reilly, Scott Thompson, David Mackay

HF: Jared Petrenko, Kurt Tippett, Bernie Vince

F: Jason Porplyzia, Taylor Walker, Matthew Wright

R: Sam Jacobs, Patrick Dangerfield, Nathan van Berlo

Int: Rory Sloane, Shaun McKernan, Ian Callinan, Rick Henderson

Activated subs: Tom Lynch, Matthew Jaensch, Sam Kerridge

Coach: Brenton Sanderson

Adelaide             0.2.2          1.3.6          2.6.13         2.10.17 (95)
West Coast         2.0.2          2.1.6          2.4.7          2.5.13 (61)

Goals: Walker 3 (including 1 super goal), Jaensch (1 super goal), Callinan, Jacobs, Mackay, Petrenko, Porplyzia, S. Thompson, Tippett, Vince.

Best: Vince (Michael Tuck Medal), Thompson, Dangerfield, Walker, Reilly, Shaw, Mackay.

Crowd: 27,376 at AAMI Stadium

2012 NAB Cup winning Crows
The Adelaide Crows celebrate with the 2012 NAB Cup after the Grand Final at AAMI Stadium, Adelaide.