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Ratings | Round 21 – Essendon v. Adelaide


Adelaide went a long way to confirming its position as minor premiers after getting the better of Essendon at Etihad Stadium.

Our Inside Football experts take a look at the individual performances of each player...

ESSENDON – 12.8 (80)

Patrick AMBROSE – 4

Lined up at full-back on Walker who tested him early.

Travis COLYER – 3

Rarely sighted in first two quarters, but managed to kick big goal late.


Dangerous on Talia with three goals in first half, but couldn’t improve tally after that.

Matt DEA – 5

Good game as he worked hard down back.

Martin GLEESON – 7

Hard worker in the first half running out of defence and maintained the output.

Brendon GODDARD – 7

Strong and prolific first half based on wing and kept on winning the ball.

Josh GREEN – 3

Flashed in at times but not a big game.

Dyson HEPPELL – 6

Busy around the ground in first half and had a solid game overall..

Cale HOOKER – 6

Gave Essendon a chance when he came into the game with three big goals in third quarter.


Couldn’t win enough of the ball.

Michael HURLEY – 8

Matched up on Jenkins initially and had strong first half. Read game beautifully with 34 possessions.

James KELLY – 5

Kept at the task and never gave up.

Jayden LAVERDE – 4

Matched up on Keath at the start and showed a couple of clever pieces of play early.


Head to head with Jacobs in ruck and neither held sway.


Was well contained in the first half, then looked to have a hamstring issue but came back.

Andrew MCGRATH – 7

Given big job on Betts and in first half was prepared to attack but had a couple of blues.

Conor MCKENNA – 6

Prepared to take risks running from defence and a few things didn’t come off.

David MYERS – 5

Strong at the contest in first quarter then dropped out of the play for a while before fighting back.

Darcy PARISH – 3

Not a big impact.

James STEWART – 4

Started with an early goal but then was tied up til final term when he kicked a monster goal.

Jobe WATSON – 5

Couldn’t make an impact in the first half, but lifted side with a goal. Workmanlike.


Ran hard to win ball and gave a performance that was consistent across four quarters.

ADELAIDE – 18.15 (123)

Rory ATKINS – 8

Pinpoint use of the ball from defence and also ran forward to score.

Eddie BETTS – 2

Well contained, but produced magic bit of ball-handling to set up Lynch goal.

Luke BROWN – 5

Played his role as usual and was steady all the way.

Charlie CAMERON – 4

Not a big game, but kept working and tackled hard.

Brad CROUCH – 6

Was once again a valuable force in tandem with his brother.

Matt CROUCH – 8

Continues to be a prolific ball-winner with anther 35 touches, and constantly generated moves.

Richard DOUGLAS – 8

Had a good night and was a strong ball-winner all over the ground for four quarters.


Youngster impressed with a strong finish to his game.

Sam JACOBS – 4

Wasn’t able to take total charge in ruck, but gave a capable display.

Josh JENKINS – 7

Good start and an even better finish when his height was too much for Essendon. Three goals.

Alex KEATH – 6

Settling into defensive spot more and more as the weeks go by.

Jake KELLY – 5

Low key game but played his part.

Riley KNIGHT – 4

Cool type under pressure and did a few nice things.

Rory LAIRD – 6

Just does the business and gave his usual high quality display.

Jake LEVER – 6

Accomplished defender whose certainty and judgment showed why he is being pursued by other clubs.

Tom LYNCH – 6

Inexplicably missed a simple goal, but the rest of his game was solid.

David MACKAY – 6

Always busy and kept ticking away in a typically honest effort on the wing.

Mitch MCGOVERN – 6

Big presence in forward line with vice-like hands in forward line which raised three goals.

Brodie SMITH – 8

Strong ball-winner in hard contests and stood up very well when Essendon surged. Kicked beautiful goal on run.

Daniel TALIA – 5

Matched upon Hooker and had the upper hand early, but lowered colours on night.

Taylor WALKER – 4

Looked to suffer foot injury early, but was OK and finished with two goals.

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