Adelaide’s First Game
These are the men who will forever be known as the first Crows
It was March 22, 1991, when South Australian football took a giant leap into a national competition on the back of the new Adelaide Football Club, hastily created and built over five hectic months.
The Crows, boasting only three players with VFL or AFL experience, were pitted against competition heavyweights Hawthorn, winners of four premierships from six grand finals in the previous seven seasons. “Get some Hawk on your fork,” suggested the banner, raised to welcome the 20 Crows onto Football Park.
Pictured: Adelaide’s first team. Back row (from left), Maynard, Warhurst, McIntyre, Klug, Smart, Thompson. Middle: Lindsay, A. Jarman, Tregenza, Jameson, Lindner, Lee, D. Hart. Front: E. Hocking, McGuinness, Michael Taylor (assistant coach), Graham Cornes (coach), McDermott (captain), Fielke, Marshall. Missing: Smith, Negri
The landslide 86 point win, however, stunned the football world.
Riding on a wave of emotion, Adelaide kicked the first five goals before Hawthorn scored and held a 26-point lead at the first break.
By half-time, the Crows were 51 points ahead of the team that six months later would raise the Premiership cup.
The media hype had been growing for several months and this amazing win added to the momentum.
The front page headline of the next day’s Advertiser screamed “Sweet Victory!”
Leo Schlink wrote: “Adelaide’s magic Crows tasted sweet victory last night by humbling the mighty Hawthorn.”
“In the bullpit that was Football Park, the Crows marked their entry into the highest competition in the land with a breathtaking performance that held spellbound an ecstatic 44,902 crowd.”