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Crows must pick up pace: Malthouse

By Daniel Brettig 20/08/2005 07:26:37 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide is playing a brand of football that can win the AFL premiership, but must take advantage of it this year or next.

Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse gave this verdict on the Crows after they massacred a lacklustre Magpies side by 110 points at AAMI Stadium on Saturday, winning an opportunity to play for top spot on the AFL ladder against West Coast in Perth next week.

Collingwood was never in the game, handing Adelaide its ninth straight victory and biggest ever winning margin over the Magpies, the 22.19 (151) to 5.11 (41) result eclipsing a 38-point victory in 2000.

Only wayward kicking - Adelaide had 4.9 in the first term - prevented the home side from winning by a greater margin.

Malthouse said Adelaide's upper crust of high quality players had been augmented by a very capable second tier.

Asked about where Adelaide stood on his "premiership clock", Malthouse said the Crows were at the peak of their powers.

"I believe Adelaide have got to win one over the next two years, otherwise blokes like the senior players are going to be a couple years older," he said.

"The decline of players happens very, very quickly in some instances so I would suggest they need to make hay while the sun shines this year or the next."

Malthouse complimented Adelaide and ladder leader West Coast, saying the top two clubs in the AFL this year were also the best run.

"I feel if either one of them wins the premiership this year they could lay claim to being the most successful club in AFL history," he said.

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