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Lots to crow about

Tuesday, 29th March, 2011

GOOD GAME: Taylor Walker’s three goal burst in the third quarter helped set up the win for the Crows against the Hawks on Saturday night. GOOD GAME: Taylor Walker’s three goal burst in the third quarter helped set up the win for the Crows against the Hawks on Saturday night.

By Peter Argent

A four-goal haul to Broken Hill's own Taylor Walker gave Adelaide something else to crow about after its 20 point win over Hawthorn on Saturday night.

After a slow start, he had only four possessions including one kick in the first half of the game against Hawthorn, Walker's third term was simply electrifying.

The tall forward kicked three of his team's seven goals for the term, along with a behind, from his four kicks for the quarter.

The hosts were 19 points down at the main break after the Hawks had control of the first half.

But in front of a parochial crowd of 42,536 at AAMI Stadium, the Crows took control of the match in the final quarter, winning 16.9 (105) to 12.13 (85).

Walker's fourth goal at the 26-minute mark of the final term was a fitting epitaph to a strong victory.

Without fellow tall forward Kurt Tippet in the line-up, is was important that Walker stood up as a target in attack in this contest.

"We set ourselves for this contest, had a good opposition," Walker said after the game.

"In the first half we took a while to get started.

"We wanted to get off to a strong start, as we didn't last year."

Not quite as convincing as that euphoric inaugural victory back in 1991 when the Crows arrived on the scene (the March 22nd game that year final scores were

Adelaide 24.11 defeated Hawthorn 9.15), Adelaide won the first game of this season by 20 points - Adelaide 16.9 (105) d the Hawks 12.13 (85).

In the clash, the 22 Adelaide Crows footballers wore a special jumper to celebrate the players who represented the Crows in that inaugural match.

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