Hovering around the middle of the pack for much of the season, Adelaide had a fight on its hands to make finals in the last few weeks.
Wins over Port Adelaide, Sydney and Western Bulldogs had the Crows at 3-1 before a thriller against Fremantle saw them go down by just one point. Adelaide was back in the box seat with comfortable wins over bottom four sides and was in third place by Round Nine as one of six teams with six wins.
Without room to breathe, Adelaide slipped out of the hunt for a top four spot due to seven losses in the next 10 games, although an eight-point win over Port Adelaide brought the season back to life. With three games to play Adelaide was in 11th and the Crows strung together wins in all three games to sneak into the eight, setting up an elimination final with Hawthorn. After three quarters, Adelaide led by 14 before a spirited Hawks fightback saw Lance Franklin kick the winner in a three-point win.
Andrew McLeod’s remarkable season saw him named Adelaide’s Club Champion and captain of the 2007 All-Australian team. He averaged just under 24 touches a game across half-back and was the only Crow in the 40-man squad.
After 15 seasons and seven years as captain, Mark Ricciuto retired as one of the Club’s greatest players. He booted 292 goals in 312 games, won the 2003 Brownlow Medal and was an eight-time All-Australian – a Club record.