Crows declare Jenkins fit for AFL final

Adelaide key forward Josh Jenkins has overcome an ankle injury and will play against Sydney in Saturday night’s AFL semi-final, Crows coach Don Pyke says.

Jenkins, who hurt an ankle in Adelaide’s elimination final win last weekend, convinced Pyke of his fitness at Wednesday’s training.

“He trained today and he did what he needed to do so he’ll be fine,” Pyke told reporters.

Jenkins was Adelaide’s sole injury concern entering the away final against the Swans at the SCG.

Pyke said he had noted a mature response by his players to Saturday’s elimination final triumph against North Melbourne.

The Crows also won an elimination final last season before falling to a heavy semi-final defeat to eventual premiers Hawthorn.

“It’s fair to say last year after the first final win, the feeling I got talking to some of the coaches and players, was there was this euphoric state about a great win,” said Pyke, who joined the Crows this season as head coach.

“And that probably didn’t help them get ready for the second week of the finals.

“But I think this year, we have been far more measured in terms of we moved on pretty quickly. I thought their response post-game was pretty mature, to be honest.

“They recognised it was a good win, but it’s a win that gets you to week two of the finals. And that was the sort of response I was expecting of them.

“It wasn’t one of euphoria … it’s like we have won it, we move on and now we’re getting ready clearly for Sydney.”

Pyke expected to confront a charged-up Swans, who lost their qualifying final against Greater Western Sydney, but said he would be disappointed if Adelaide couldn’t match Sydney’s ferocity.

“I spoke to our players this morning about that,” he said.

“I would be really disappointed if we weren’t able to match their intensity and effort based on them coming off a loss and us coming off a win.

“We have got as much to play for as Sydney do. We played some good footy last week and have played good footy all year so our responsibility is to bring the same attitude and effort as we brought last week.”

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