WHERE AND WHEN: TIO Traeger Park (Alice Springs), Sunday May 27, 2.50pm (ACST)
The third-placed Demons face off against the fourth-placed Crows in a hugely important clash for both sides. Melbourne has won four games on the trot, but a win over last year’s Grand Finalists would add some legitimacy to their finals credentials. The Demons have scored 315 points in their past two weeks and are fresh off a 109-point rout of Carlton. Melbourne’s versatile forward line could prove to be a handful for Adelaide, with Jake Melksham (five goals against the Blues), Tom McDonald (four) and Alex Neal-Bullen (four) all in fine form. Despite being hit hard by injury, the Crows have won four of their past five encounters and appear in good shape to again finish in the top four. After a relatively slow start to the year, Eddie Betts has started to recapture his best form and has booted nine goals in the past three weeks. Betts and Demon Neville Jetta are expected to go toe-to-toe in what will be an enthralling match-up between two of the game’s top indigenous players, with the Melbourne-Adelaide clash to kick off the celebrations for Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round the following week.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R17, 2017, Adelaide 17.14 (116) d Melbourne 10.10 (70) at TIO Stadium
R8, 2017, Melbourne 17.5 (107) d Adelaide 9.12 (66) at Adelaide Oval
R15, 2016, Adelaide 18.12 (120) d Melbourne 15.8 (98) at the MCG
R3, 2015, Adelaide 12.8 (80) d Melbourne 7.13 (55) at Adelaide Oval
R7, 2014, Melbourne 11.4 (70) d Adelaide 9.13 (67) at Adelaide Oval
Father Dougal’s Tip: My….I feel like it will be close. Heart overruling brain, Demons by 6
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