Anyone Tipping Carlton This Week?

Written by Motts on April 13 2010

ADELAIDE has not given up hope of a top-four finish despite a winless start to the year and an injury curse that today claimed three more key players.

All-Australian defender Nathan Bock, young gun Patrick Dangerfield and utility Trent Hentschel all are likely to miss large chunks of the season after being injured in Sunday’s loss to Melbourne.

Forward Kurt Tippett is also unlikely to recover from an ankle sprain for Saturday’s home fixture against Carlton, a game Adelaide enters with 14 of 40 players on its injured list.

Bock’s hamstring strain will force the creative defender out for about three matches, while a flare-up in Hentschel’s troublesome right knee will sideline him indefinitely.

Dangerfield remained in Melbourne today and had further scans on his neck after being sandwiched by three Demons players in a crunching tackle during the MCG match.

The 20-year-old was cleared of a neck fracture but his longer term prognosis remains uncertain.

Hentschel missed the entire 2007 and 2008 AFL seasons and needed four operations to repair his damaged right knee, and experienced swelling in the same joint after just 10 minutes of Sunday’s match.

The Crows hold hopes midfielder Nathan van Berlo (back) and defender Scott Stevens (concussion) will return against the Blues, and dashing backman Graham Johncock (broken thumb) is a chance for his first game this season.

“You have just got to move on,” Adelaide ruckman Ivan Maric said today.

“It’s just like anything in life I suppose, there is no point dwelling on things you can’t control.”

Adelaide is also hampered by lack of match fitness to players including Maric, Jason Porplyzia, Chris Knights and Brett Burton – who all missed most of the pre-season.

Despite the winless start and 15th place on the ladder, Maric said the Crows’ stated aim of a top-four finish was not impossible.

“We are not going to believe that, this group has got a lot of belief in ourselves and our game style and how good we can be and that is what we are going to focus on,” he said.

Crows coach Neil Craig said he wouldn’t hit the panic button.

“We’ve got our backs to the wall, no doubt about that, but we’re still alive,” Craig said.

“It’s (just) three games in, so we continue to push on very aggressively. Obviously we need to find some players next week who can cover for Bock and possibly some of the other guys, but nothing changes.

“If we can play with that sort of spirit and intensity that we played with today – and that’s what our supporters have been waiting for for two weeks – we’re still a chance.

“I thought it was great credit for our players to be able to, one, produce that sort of spirit and intensity at the start of the game, and more importantly, to be able to maintain it when things were totally against them. That’s why we continue to push on.”

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  1. Tipping the Blues and as a supporter seriously hoping we bounce back from last weeks absolutely pathetic effort and get the win.

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  2. Who’s going to put the “C” on NicNat this week, after his very impressive 178 against the Dons in the first round of the NAB earlier this year.

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  3. I have the inside word that tippett actually has an achilles tendon problem. Therefore it will take a lot longer for him to get back. I will certainly be trading him out this week, the question is who for?

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    1. Mr Uppercut, was just thinking about you this morning and wondering what had happened to you. Which team is your in the LoEC?

      For those of you who don’t know Lance, when he says Tippett may have an achilles problem, you’d better listen.

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  4. Don’t touch Tippett, my mail says his knee is no good. They have told him to play with it or don’t play. Clearly you can see that it is affecting him and in doing so, his mind is not on the game, thus reflecting in his Super Coach scores. His ankle is also no good and rated only 50/50 of playing against Carlton. In horse racing terms put the pen through him and scratch him for the rest of the season and wait until his knee is fixed.

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  5. hey motts what do you think would be best
    roo for cyril up side $$$$ in the bank down side his op worries me
    roo for brown up side awsome start down side can he burn out later in the year
    roo for goodes up side proven star has some talent this kid down side past him prime, fading force?
    what do you reckon ??

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    1. Depends if you need the $$ to upgrade another part of your team, dunx. Just on what you’ve given me, I’d take Jono.

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  6. Keep an eye out, the Crows are thinking about upgrading rookie Matthew Jaensch, a Sturt boy in the SANFL for this week’s match against Carlton. A real goer and only $83,400 (Forward) could play the next few weeks with all the Crows injuries. Maybe a cash cow, so watch tonight’s teams.

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    1. I’m a Double Blues man from way back, BK. Back from the days when Bagshaw, Davies, Fry, and even Motley were running around.

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Anyone Tipping Carlton This Week?

Written by Motts on

ADELAIDE has not given up hope of a top-four finish despite a winless start to the year and an injury curse that today claimed three more key players.

All-Australian defender Nathan Bock, young gun Patrick Dangerfield and utility Trent Hentschel all are likely to miss large chunks of the season after being injured in Sunday’s loss to Melbourne.

Forward Kurt Tippett is also unlikely to recover from an ankle sprain for Saturday’s home fixture against Carlton, a game Adelaide enters with 14 of 40 players on its injured list.

Bock’s hamstring strain will force the creative defender out for about three matches, while a flare-up in Hentschel’s troublesome right knee will sideline him indefinitely.

Dangerfield remained in Melbourne today and had further scans on his neck after being sandwiched by three Demons players in a crunching tackle during the MCG match.

The 20-year-old was cleared of a neck fracture but his longer term prognosis remains uncertain.

Hentschel missed the entire 2007 and 2008 AFL seasons and needed four operations to repair his damaged right knee, and experienced swelling in the same joint after just 10 minutes of Sunday’s match.

The Crows hold hopes midfielder Nathan van Berlo (back) and defender Scott Stevens (concussion) will return against the Blues, and dashing backman Graham Johncock (broken thumb) is a chance for his first game this season.

“You have just got to move on,” Adelaide ruckman Ivan Maric said today.

“It’s just like anything in life I suppose, there is no point dwelling on things you can’t control.”

Adelaide is also hampered by lack of match fitness to players including Maric, Jason Porplyzia, Chris Knights and Brett Burton – who all missed most of the pre-season.

Despite the winless start and 15th place on the ladder, Maric said the Crows’ stated aim of a top-four finish was not impossible.

“We are not going to believe that, this group has got a lot of belief in ourselves and our game style and how good we can be and that is what we are going to focus on,” he said.

Crows coach Neil Craig said he wouldn’t hit the panic button.

“We’ve got our backs to the wall, no doubt about that, but we’re still alive,” Craig said.

“It’s (just) three games in, so we continue to push on very aggressively. Obviously we need to find some players next week who can cover for Bock and possibly some of the other guys, but nothing changes.

“If we can play with that sort of spirit and intensity that we played with today – and that’s what our supporters have been waiting for for two weeks – we’re still a chance.

“I thought it was great credit for our players to be able to, one, produce that sort of spirit and intensity at the start of the game, and more importantly, to be able to maintain it when things were totally against them. That’s why we continue to push on.”

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13 thoughts on “Anyone Tipping Carlton This Week?”

  1. Tipping the Blues and as a supporter seriously hoping we bounce back from last weeks absolutely pathetic effort and get the win.

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  2. Who’s going to put the “C” on NicNat this week, after his very impressive 178 against the Dons in the first round of the NAB earlier this year.

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  3. I have the inside word that tippett actually has an achilles tendon problem. Therefore it will take a lot longer for him to get back. I will certainly be trading him out this week, the question is who for?

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  4. Don’t touch Tippett, my mail says his knee is no good. They have told him to play with it or don’t play. Clearly you can see that it is affecting him and in doing so, his mind is not on the game, thus reflecting in his Super Coach scores. His ankle is also no good and rated only 50/50 of playing against Carlton. In horse racing terms put the pen through him and scratch him for the rest of the season and wait until his knee is fixed.

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  5. hey motts what do you think would be best
    roo for cyril up side $$$$ in the bank down side his op worries me
    roo for brown up side awsome start down side can he burn out later in the year
    roo for goodes up side proven star has some talent this kid down side past him prime, fading force?
    what do you reckon ??

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  6. Keep an eye out, the Crows are thinking about upgrading rookie Matthew Jaensch, a Sturt boy in the SANFL for this week’s match against Carlton. A real goer and only $83,400 (Forward) could play the next few weeks with all the Crows injuries. Maybe a cash cow, so watch tonight’s teams.

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