By no means an easy year, Adelaide needed a strong finish to finish on par with an equal win-loss record after dropping into the bottom four.
Four losses from Round Seven to 10 had the Crows languishing at 3-6. During the run, Adelaide suffered one of its biggest ever losses, a 123-point thumping from Geelong. The Cats kicked 32 goals and scored 210 points in total. One week later Adelaide restricted Collingwood to 69 points in a one-goal defeat.
Over the next few weeks Adelaide beat Sydney, North Melbourne and Hawthorn – by one point – among a scattering of losses to be 10th after 18 rounds. Five consecutive wins put a positive spin on the end of the season, although the Crows could only rise one place due to the gap between the best and the rest. After 22 games just two wins separated first (16 wins) from seventh (14 wins), with Adelaide a further three wins back.
Perhaps in one of the greatest form reversals ever, Adelaide defeated Geelong by 91 points in Round 23. The Crows booted 24.25 (169) for the Club’s highest score of the year.
Captain Chris McDermott led from the front and was named Club Champion. He was selected in the All-Australian squad alongside Tony McGuinness and Ben Hart.