Home form struggles proved to be Adelaide’s undoing in 2013 as the Crows finished 11th and said farewell to AAMI Stadium/Football Park.
It was the last season at the West Lakes venue before both Adelaide clubs moved to Adelaide Oval in 2014. There was no fitting farewell with seven losses at home, and by Round 12 the top eight had built a gap ahead of the chasing pack.
Port Adelaide won both Showdown’s by single figure margins to leave the Power with bragging rights and it was arguably those two wins that proved decisive as they finished seventh to Adelaide’s 11th – with a two-game advantage.
Rory Sloane stood tall, winning the Malcolm Blight Medal ahead of All-Australian teammate Patrick Dangerfield. Sloane was arguably a shock omission from the All-Australian team, with Dangerfield the only Crow selected. A fifth place finish in the Brownlow Medal count showed that Dangerfield earned his position.
The next generation of Adelaide guns also earned widespread praise, Luke Brown and Brad Crouch were named joint Emerging Talent Award winners.
Meanwhile, Adelaide great Graham Johncock called an end to his decade long career, retiring after 227 games and 120 goals for the Crows.