33 Facts About Adelaide Crows


Adelaide Crows are a professional Australian rules football team based in Adelaide, South Australia.

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The Crows has fielded a men's team in the Australian Football League since 1991, and a women's team in the AFL Women's competition since 2017.

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Adelaide Crows were formed in 1990 as the de facto state team representing South Australia in the AFL.

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Adelaide Crows is the most successful team in the AFL Women's competition, being the only club to have won multiple premierships; in 2017,2019 and 2022.

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The Adelaide Crows defeated the eventual premiers by a hefty 86-point margin, winning 24.

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The Adelaide Crows finished fourth to qualify for its first finals series since 1993, and hosted fifth-placed West Coast in the First Elimination Final.

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The next week, Adelaide benefited from the finals system in use at the time and hosted the higher ranked Geelong, who had finished two places above the Crows but were forced to play away due to losing the previous week to North Melbourne.

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The Adelaide Crows won narrowly in a controversial match, where a clear forward 50 mark to Geelong's Leigh Colbert during a critical stage of the third quarter was not awarded by field umpire Grant Vernon.

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However, the Adelaide Crows again overcame a half-time deficit, kicking 14 second-half goals to win by 31 points, 19.

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Adelaide Crows often struggled in close matches during the 1998 AFL season; seven of their nine losses were by 13 points or less, compared to only three wins by corresponding margins.

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The Adelaide Crows were well beaten by Melbourne in the qualifying final at the MCG by 48 points, and at the time, looked far from a premiership threat.

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Since season 2000, a loss in the finals by a team outside the top four would result in instant elimination, but the Adelaide Crows benefited from a quirk in the McIntyre finals system that was in use during the 90's and still progressed to the second week, drawn to play a semi final against the Sydney Swans at the SCG.

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The Adelaide Crows bounced back from their disappointing first finals loss and recorded a comprehensive upset 27-point win against the Swans in the wet, which set up a Preliminary Final rematch against the Western Bulldogs.

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Adelaide Crows next made the finals in 2001 AFL season, this after losing their opening three matches for the season.

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Adelaide Crows played fifth-placed Carlton at the MCG in the First Elimination Final and were roundly defeated, 17.

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Adelaide Crows then extracted some revenge by defeating Collingwood in the pre-season competition in 2003, a first win of its kind for the club.

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Remarkably, Adelaide Crows went on to qualify for finals for each of the remaining seasons in the 2000s, falling short at the elimination or semi-final on each occasion.

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Adelaide Crows had a disastrous start to the 2010 season, losing their first six matches of the home and away season.

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Hawthorn led for most of the match and despite Adelaide taking the lead with five minutes remaining, the Hawks responded to win the match by five points, yet another heartbreaking finals series loss for the Crows.

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Adelaide was widely tipped to slide out of the finals in 2016 but the Crows proved to be one of the successes of the season, comfortably qualifying for a home elimination final and defeating North Melbourne by 62 points, before being eliminated the next week by eventual beaten grand finalists, Sydney in the semi-finals.

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The Adelaide Crows entered the 2017 finals series as favourites for the premiership; they defeated Greater Western Sydney and Geelong by 36 and 61 points respectively to qualify for the Grand Final, their first since 1998, where they faced Richmond.

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Adelaide Crows struggled with injuries during the year, including Captain Taylor Walker, Rory Sloane, Brad Crouch, Tom Lynch, Rory Laird, and Richard Douglas.

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Under new coach Nicks, the Adelaide Crows lost the first 13 matches of the coronavirus-affected 2020 AFL season and ultimately claimed their first wooden spoon in club history.

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Adelaide Crows won their first game of the 2021 AFL season, beating the reigning Grand Finalists Geelong in an upset victory.

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The Adelaide Crows improved slightly over their disastrous 2020 campaign, losing only one of their first four games.

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The Adelaide Crows had three Rising Star nominations throughout the year, going to Thilthorpe in Round 13 for his last-minute heroics against St Kilda, midfielder Harry Schoenberg in Round 19, and two-time nominee Sholl in Round 4.

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The Adelaide Crows hosted the first-ever Friday night Showdown in Round 3, and claimed one of their best-ever wins via an after-the-siren bending kick from the recruit Dawson, who received best-on-ground honours.

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The Adelaide Crows notched up a few more wins to boast their best season since 2019.

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Adelaide Crows traded in Izak Rankine at a high price, leaving them no first-round draft picks in the 2022 AFL draft.

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Adelaide Crows currently has three guernsey designs which are used in different matches throughout the season.

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The first iteration of the Adelaide Crows Indigenous guernsey was a simple swap from Navy to Black, representing the colours in the Australian Aboriginal Flag.

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Adelaide Crows has a fierce rivalry with fellow South Australian AFL team Port Adelaide Crows.

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Adelaide Crows were granted a license to field a stand-alone reserves men's team in the South Australian National Football League in 2014.

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