Adelaide smash dismal Lions in AFL

Brisbane’s disastrous year has gone from bad to worse, conceding the highest score of the AFL season in a dismal 138-point loss to Adelaide.

The Crows piled on 13 goals to one in the second half of their 27.15 (177) to 6.3 (39) win at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

The margin was just one point shy of the Lions’ biggest-ever loss and will surely add to the enormous pressure on coach Justin Leppitsch.

A week after giving up 25 goals to Port Adelaide, the hapless Lions were even worse against the Power’s cross-town rivals.

It took just 12 seconds for the Crows to get on the scoreboard, with livewire Charlie Cameron running onto a loose ball and kicking truly.

Adelaide piled on seven goals in a first quarter that often resembled a training drill for the home side.

It only got worse from there.

Adelaide had four times as many inside-50s as the Lions in the second quarter, and would have led by more than 64 points at halftime if not for some inaccurate kicking.

The Crows set about adding to their highlight reel in the second half to the delight of the 43,459 crowd.

There was an acrobatic fly-kick from Josh Jenkins, a goal on debut for ruckman Reilly O’Brien and a set shot from the tightest of angles from talented youngster Cam Ellis-Yolmen.

Ball magnet Brad Crouch showed why several clubs are keen to secure his services next season, gathering 34 touches, nine clearances and two goals.

Star forwards Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker and Tom Lynch each booted four majors, Josh Jenkins had three, and a total of 14 Crows shared in the goals.

Perhaps the only Crow whose night didn’t go to plan was wingman Paul Seedsman, who left the ground with a corked buttock in the first quarter and didn’t return.

Lions captain Tom Rockliff gathered 31 hard-earned disposals while Ryan Bastinac and Dayne Zorko each had 12 tackles in a game with few highlights for the away side.

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