Round two: On the cusp

Which Adelaide and Port Adelaide players could be in the mix for AFL selection after recovering from injury or putting on a strong showing in the reserves?

Scott Thompson would be close to AFL selection after a strong return from injury in the reserves. Photo: Adelaide Crows FC

Scott Thompson would be close to AFL selection after a strong return from injury in the reserves. Photo: Adelaide Crows FC

Adelaide Crows


It is hard to see the Crows making many changes based on form after an impressive 77-point win over North Melbourne in round one.

 

Luke Brown suffered a corked thigh in the win and could be the only question mark.

 

If the selection committee decides to make any changes then the players below would be the first ones in the mix for selection.

 

Scott Thompson – Collected 23 possessions and six clearances in three quarters for a successful return from a hamstring injury.

 

Matt Crouch – The young gun would be next in line behind Thompson after a massive day in the midfield for the reserves team. Crouch had 34 disposals, seven marks and slotted one goal.

 

James Podsiadly – Senior coach Phil Walsh sees Podsiadly playing predominantly defence and he put in a strong performance doing just that. He finished with 17 possessions, seven marks and four rebound 50s and should be first-picked if a replacement defender is needed.

 

If Matthew Lobbe has recovered from a quad complaint he will come straight back into the round two side for Port Adelaide. Photo: Sarah Reed/Herald Sun

If Matthew Lobbe has recovered from a quad complaint he will come straight back into the round two side for Port Adelaide. Photo: Sarah Reed/Herald Sun

Port Adelaide Power

 

Port Adelaide’s reserves team doesn’t kick off their season until this weekend so the coaching group won’t have solid gauge on the reserve stocks just yet.

 

Matthew Lobbe (quad tightness) was a late withdrawal in round one and should come straight back into the team if healthy so at least one change could be made.

 

Port Adelaide also has plenty of depth with a host of fringe players having experience at the top level.

 

If senior coach Ken Hinkley decides to make any changes then Andrew Moore, Aaron Young and Kane Mitchell could be on the cusp of selection.

 

Written by Jonathan Boyd

 

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