In what is becoming a heartbreaking trend for the fans of the Adelaide Crows, Adelaide Oval saw its fourth knee injury in just the opening three rounds of the 2019 AFL season. In the final quarter of the match, Paul Seedsman went down with a suspected ACL injury, which has subsequently been confirmed. He is out for the rest of the season.
Making matters worse for Crows fans, Geelong powered away to a 24-point win, despite Adelaide culling down the margin to within a kick at 3 quarter time (69-66).
Seedsman adds to Adelaide’s injury woes
Seedsman isn’t the first Adelaide player to go down this season with a serious knee injury. Defender Tom Doedee went down with the same serious injury in the opening round of the season, while AFLW players, Erin Phillips and Chloe Scheer, also suffered similar injuries while playing for the women’s side. All injuries occurred at Adelaide Oval.
Phillips suffered her injury in the 3rd quarter of the AFLW Grand Final, bringing her 2019 season to an abrupt end. Despite her absence, Adelaide went on to win the match and Phillips took home best on ground honours.
Are Geelong the team to beat?
Geelong are certainly looking the most in-form team of the competition, having recorded wins over 2018 runners-up, Collingwood and a highly-fancied Melbourne outfit. Their 80-point demolition of the Demons has raised question marks over Melbourne’s standing in the competition, with the Demons reaching their first finals campaign last year after a 12-year absence. Many expected the Dees to put on a better showing, so Friday’s game against Essendon (who are also massively under-performing) is set to be a fascinating encounter.
However, it could just be that Geelong are the team to beat now. With their top midfielders all in dynamic form, Geelong will certainly cause headaches for most of the competition, both at home and away.