New Adelaide coach Phil Walsh has borrowed Ross Lyon’s “anywhere, anyone, anytime” motto as the Crows aim to continue their barnstorming start to the AFL season.
After dismantling North Melbourne by 77 points last weekend, Adelaide have another big test in Saturday’s twilight match against Collingwood at Etihad Stadium.
Lyon’s mantra of playing well whatever the circumstances has been a key element of his coaching stints at St Kilda and Fremantle.
Now Walsh is determined the Crows will be the same.
“As soon as you get on a plane and travel, you’re at a disadvantage,” Walsh said on Friday at Adelaide Airport.
“We’re a club who want to be able to perform anywhere, any venue, any time.
“It’s a great opportunity to show the people in Melbourne what Adelaide can do this year.”
Walsh was happy to play up the outsiders tag ahead of the clash, even though the Crows would start favourites on the basis of their outstanding demolition of North.
“It’s the AFL, but the reality is there are nine teams in Melbourne,” he said.
“It’s a very Melbourne-centric competition; three quarters of the media industry comes out of Melbourne.
“Unless you get the job done in Melbourne, they don’t rate you.
“What greater opportunity than Collingwood at Etihad on Saturday night? We’re really looking forward to it.”
Star onballer Rory Sloane did not train on Friday morning, but Walsh was adamant he would play.
“He’s right to go – just a little bit tight, didn’t want to train two days in a row, but he’s fine to go,” Walsh said.
The Crows’ coach added he wanted Scott Thompson to have another run in local Adelaide football as the All Australian midfielder returned from a hamstring injury.
“I’m probably a coach who likes all my players to play two practice games,” Walsh said.
“Scott is probably a little bit of an exception because of his experience.
“He was really good last week, but again it (was) round one.
“I was really happy with the guys who played, so we’ll give Scott one more game at the state league.”
The ‘Pies are also coming off a round-one win, away against Brisbane, and Walsh expects stars such as Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan and Travis Cloke to be formidable opposition.
“They have a great onball group, still … (Taylor) Adams, Pendlebury and Swan, with a really young ruckman who I rate in Brodie Grundy,” he said.
“That will be a battle in itself and then they have Travis Cloke.
“They are the areas where we have to do really well.”