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    导出博客文章Adelaide will struggle to win another game after the death of Phil
    Walsh.Adelaide will struggle to make this years top eight without Patrick
    Dangerfield.Adelaide will struggle to contend for the 2016 premiership from
    outside the AFLs top four.The first two of these contentions were proven wrong.
    In a feat of extraordinary resilience, Adelaide made last years finals series
    and beat the Western Bulldogs before falling to Hawthorn - all the while
    grieving the loss of Walsh.?Next, the departure of Dangerfield was said to be a
    hammer blow to the Crows chances of progressing this year, but the team instead
    assembled a convincing season under the guidance of the new coach Don Pyke. The
    leagues most prolific attack compiled 16 home and away wins.Now, the Crows
    contemplate September from the problematic vantage point of fifth, where no team
    has won the premiership under the present structure of the finals series. Defeat
    at home in the final round to West Coast caused the club to be dismissed as
    contenders, amid suspicions the Pyke game-plan had been picked apart and the
    forward line stymied.Expectations of a home win over North Melbourne in week one
    are matched by predictions of doom to follow.But having been a central figure in
    both the strong finish to an emotionally draining 2015 and then the successful
    retooling of the team to cope without Dangerfield, midfield coach Scott
    Camporeale will not be surprised to see Adelaides players find a way to overturn
    expectations for a third time. Compared to the trials of last year, a difficult
    finals position seems much the happier problem to have.To the players credit
    that was an unbelievable effort to do what we did last year, Camporeale told
    ESPN. But that obviously gave them great self-belief going into this year, and
    self-belief, continuity and confidence is massive in the game. They always
    believed.?Losing Patrick wasnt ideal but it is what it is - hes not the first to
    leave and he wont be the last in the AFL system with the way free agency is. But
    what it did do is give guys opportunity and theyve taken that.Finals footy is a
    different ballgame once again. Some of these guys have only played in one or two
    finals. Each year on, more experience is only going to help us as a footy club,
    so I would like to think our guys can go to another level and continue to push
    forward.In the days and weeks after Walsh died, Camporeale was left with the
    arduous task of acting as head coach, helped by the assistance of John Worsfold
    as a senior assistant. When he returned to the ranks as midfield mentor under
    the studious figure of Pyke, he found himself dealing with a group of players
    now having to come to terms with Dangerfields departure.?There was the
    disappointment that we lost someone of Pattys ilk who youve spent a lot of time
    with and hes arguably one of the best players in the competition, Camporeale
    said. Its very difficult when you lose one of those out of your team makeup.For
    me personally, going back into the midfield role was no real issue. Dons done an
    outstanding job, really got the players to buy in and Ive just been there to
    give him a bit more of a resource having dealt with the players for a number of
    years before that. Going back to the midfield was something I love, theyre a
    good group to coach and Ive got really good relationships with those guys, so
    that was the easy part.The hard part was moving on from Patty not being in our
    midfield.Coming into the club with fresh eyes, Pyke wanted a better-rounded
    team, with skills by hand and foot to match the endeavour the Crows already
    possessed when contesting the ball. By any measure, that effort has proven
    successful, not only in covering for Dangerfield but growing the teams
    capabilities across the ground.?At once they were able to retain their rank as
    the teams second best contested ball team while lifting their effective
    disposals per game from 15th in the league last year to third this time around.
    This Camporeale attributed to the development of individual players who stepped
    up to fill Dangerfields boots, and also to the maturing of skills improved over
    summer, but also more gradually in the years before this one. These related as
    much to defensive discipline around the ground as it did to better disposal by
    hand and foot.As a midfield group we dont rely on one player, so we spoke about
    everyone going to another level in terms of their standards, their development
    and ownership of their own game, he said. I think weve done that really well.
    Matty Crouch has had a really consistent year, hes stepped up, Jarryd Lyons is
    playing a lot of footy this year, Rory [Sloane]s had another outstanding year,
    Rory Atkins has taken another step forward. So weve had some real development
    through that part of the ground.Weve always been a really decent contested ball
    side so thats never been questioned with the personnel we have here. Skill level
    is an ongoing thing - I dont think you really ever stop trying to improve that,
    because teams that turn the ball over through poor skill errors get punished.
    Weve been able to do that as a footy club this year, tip the ball over firstly
    but then go back at teams and score. Thats really improved, our overall team
    defence has improved as well. That makes a massive difference to wins and losses
    at the end of the year.Similarly, Camporeales own skills were grown by his stint
    as senior coach. In concert with Pyke, the forward coach David Teague, defensive
    coach James Podsiadly and ruck coach Matthew Clarke, he has helped forge a
    cohesive environment, where messages remain consistent across the lines. It is
    another reason the adversity wrought by Walshs death has left a powerful
    legacy.Definitely as a senior coach youve got to be rounded, Camporeale said. As
    a line coach, whether forward, back or midfield, you tend to work within your
    group and make sure theyre all ready to go. But most lines are interconnected
    now so its really important as an assistant that you can go talk to guys on
    different lines and still have continuity in those conversations. If all the
    coaches are doing that we have a really clear message about how we want to
    play.Definitely the groups galvanised through whats happened. Thats one good
    thing about footy clubs, in adversity you stick together and its the best place
    to be. But theyve got real self-belief and they want success, so we have those
    traits in the playing group, Dons done a great job in bringing them closer
    together in terms of our game plan, and were really excited about what the
    future holds.Of course, few are expecting a Crows premiership challenge this
    year. Fifth, it is said, is about their level given losses to Hawthorn, Geelong
    (twice) and West Coast. The great unknown is whether the pre-finals bye will
    make much of a difference to the teams now required to win four weeks in a row.
    Camporeale reckons a refreshed Adelaide is decently placed to confound yet
    again.Not having to play on the weekend has stretched the week out a bit and
    been able to have a really good, close look at what North have been doing, he
    said. It certainly has extended the preparation and the thought time, but its
    also given players the opportunity to freshen up and make sure theyre ready to
    go.If you look at the year in its entirety, to win 16 games, weve done a lot
    right. We didnt have our best night [against West Coast] all over the ground -
    our contests, the way we moved the ball and the way we defended. I dont think it
    was one particular area but a holistic view is that we need to make sure that in
    those three areas were well and truly above the line at AFL intensity.Adelaide
    in 2015 and 2016Effective disposals/disposal percentage 2015: 252.9 (15th), 70.3
    (17th) 2016: 287.3 (third), 73 (12th)Contested possessions per game 2015:?142.7
    (2nd) 2016: 153 (2nd)Uncontested possessions per game 2015:?214 (15th) 2016:
    241.6 (5th)Adelaide inside 50s 2015:?55 (2nd) 2016: 57.5 (3rd)Inside 50s
    conceded 2015:?51.9 (12th) 2016: 50.3 (5th)Adelaide clearances 2015:?40.6 (4th)
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