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Crows now practice half-time breaks

By Steve Larkin 23/04/2008 04:59:21 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide, long renowned for simulating AFL match day conditions at training, is now practising half-time breaks.

Crows coach Neil Craig has adopted an unusual suggestion from Adelaide's leadership group to feature a half-time break at training.

Midway through Adelaide's 135-minute training session on Wednesday, players left the field for a simulated half-time break - complete with a speech from the coach, video feedback, and player massages.

Captain Simon Goodwin said the novel move could provide the Crows with an edge in matches.

"It's important when you re-start any quarter ... you obviously have a break and then you have got to come out and keep the intensity up," he said.

"We will practice it for one, two, three weeks or the whole season - it's just something that we thought was important that when you do restart the game, that you do it to the best of your ability.

"And if we can keep practising and do it well, it might by an edge we can get.

"We think it's important we start well in all situations.

"It's an aspect of the game that is really important and we feel that it's worth practising."

Adelaide hopes foul weather on Saturday will negate Carlton's advantage of familiarity with the MCG.

Carlton host the Crows at the MCG on Saturday, the Blues' fifth match in six rounds this season at the famous venue.

In contrast, the fixture is just Adelaide's fifth at the MCG in four years.

But Goodwin on Wednesday maintained Carlton's familiarity with the MCG shouldn't be a factor.

Goodwin said predicted rain and wind in Melbourne on Saturday would alter MCG conditions from what Carlton had experienced recently.

"It might be different conditions to what they have played in the last couple of weeks," Goodwin said.

"Our record is pretty reasonable at the 'G' and we enjoy playing at the 'G' and I don't think there is an advantage of playing at one particular ground each week.

"It might be different conditions to what they have played in the last couple of weeks, so things change and we're comfortable playing whether it's MCG, Footy Park or the Gabba, wherever."

Goodwin rated 11th-placed Carlton a dangerous opponent for the fifth-placed Crows.

"Carlton are a side that is really developing, they are starting to play some really attractive footy," Goodwin said.

"We are expecting it to be wet and windy, so it might not be any of that (attractive football) but you have got two sides that are trying to play an attractive, attacking style of footy, so you never know what the game could produce."

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