Adelaide battled to 11th with form on the road letting the Club down, and heavy defeats cancelling out motivational wins.
At Football Park, Adelaide was 7-4 and an early 10-point win over the in-form West Coast Eagles had the Crows sitting comfortably after four rounds. Scoring struggles and defensive lapses were big issues. As the season wore on Adelaide drifted behind the pack after briefly breaking into the eight during Rounds 11 and 12.
Heavy losses – 96 points to Collingwood and 122 points to Essendon – were like a hammer blow from which Adelaide could not recover. The Bombers scored 182 points in their win while in Round 19, West Coast piled on 177 points, winners by 135.
Those big numbers were an ugly trend in which Adelaide conceded 115+ points in each of the final four games. The only highlight was Adelaide’s win over Melbourne in Round 21 with a score line of 146-115.
No Crows were named in the All-Australian side as Matthew Connell won the Club’s best and fairest. Future 300-gamer, All-Australian and Club Champion Andrew McLeod was named Best Emerging Talent.
Foundation players Tony Hall and Rodney Maynard both retired while inaugural coach Graham Cornes was succeeded by Robert Shaw.