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Crows withdraw eight players from trial

06/03/2009 04:04:23 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide have withdrawn eight senior players from a an AFL practice match against Hawthorn on Saturday which looms as a farce.

Hawthorn has named just one premiership player for a trial game in Berri in South Australia's Riverland that even coach Alistair Clarkson won't attend.

In response, the Crows on Friday pulled eight first-choice players from their line-up, including captain Simon Goodwin and established stars Andrew McLeod, Tyson Edwards and Scott Thompson.

None of Adelaide's eight-strong leadership group will feature in the game.

"The perspective has changed a little bit this week in terms of the squad that we'll take because of the injuries that Hawthorn has got," Crows coach Neil Craig said on Friday.

But Craig maintained his club had an obligation to Adelaide's Riverland-based supporters "to treat the game in a very serious manner and we will be".

Injury-ravaged Hawthorn named seven players from their VFL affiliate side Box Hill for the match.

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