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Adelaide blitz Bombers by 84 points

By Steve Larkin 04/07/2010 07:00:06 AM Comments (0)

Spearhead Kurt Tippett booted six goals as Adelaide steamrolled Essendon by 84 points on Saturday night to breathe life into their AFL season.

The Crows triumphed 19.10 (124) to 5.10 (40) at AAMI Stadium to post consecutive wins for the first time this year.

Adelaide leapt from 14th to 10th on the ladder and, remarkably for a club that lost their initial six games, are only two wins outside the top eight.

Tippett and fellow forwards Patrick Dangerfield (four goals) and Taylor Walker and Ricky Henderson, who both kicked three goals, feasted on opportunities presented by a dominant midfield headed by Scott Thompson.

Tippett kicked four of his goals as the Crows blitzed the Bombers in a stunning opening half which set them on course for their fifth win of the season.

Adelaide ambushed Essendon with seven goals to one in the first quarter of a lopsided encounter against the Bombers, who offered meek resistance as they slumped to their fourth loss in a row.

Crows onballer Thompson was particularly damaging around the packs, frequently winning clearances and propelling his side forward in a fine 34 disposal display.

His midfield colleagues Richard Douglas (27 touches) and Nathan van Berlo (27 possessions) were also prolific ball winners.

Adelaide recorded 7.1 to 1.3 in an opening quarter which shellshocked Essendon and killed the contest.

Adelaide's tide of scoring chances continued in the second stanza and the hosts took a commanding 61 point lead into halftime.

The Bombers kicked just two goals in a woeful first half which worsened when first gamer Tyson Slattery felled Crows playmaker Bernie Vince.

Slattery earned the wrath of the parochial 37,296 strong crowd with a crude head high shepherding attempt certain to be scrutinised by the AFL's match review panel.

His blunder typified a bleak night for the Bombers, who if not for the tireless work of ruckman Patrick Ryder (two goals, 30 hit outs) would have lost by an even greater margin.

Ryder's task in ruck was made easer by an ankle injury to his Crows counterpart Jonathon Griffin, who did not return after limping from the arena in the third term.

Essendon defender Henry Slattery was also sidelined for the entire second half by injury.

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