C. Taylor Walker & Rory Sloane
Games Won 10
Ladder Position 11
Premiership Points 40
A solid start followed by a slow finish
After a disappointing 2018 campaign, the Crows were hoping to bounce back in 2019, and did so in the first half of the season. Heading into the bye in Round 14, Adelaide were sitting fourth on the ladder.
Highlights from the first half of the season included Adelaide’s 26-point win over Sydney on the road, celebrating Eddie Betts’ 300th game with a 73-point smashing of Gold Coast and beating Port Adelaide by 20 points in the first Showdown, where Alex Keath won the Showdown Medal.
After the bye, however, the Crows found wins hard to come by. They lost seven of the last nine games of the minor round and dropped out of the eight to finish 11th on the ladder with 10 wins and a percentage of 100.9.
Brad Crouch had an impressive return after a year off from injury, dominating the midfield and winning his first Club Champion award. Ruckman Reilly O’Brien had a breakout year, playing 18 matches and averaging 33 hit-outs per game.
Defender Andy Otten announced his retirement, leaving as a 109-game player and a Crows life member. 2010 Club Champion Richard Douglas also left West Lakes after playing 246 games for the Crows. Other player departures included fan favourites Eddie Betts and Sam Jacobs.