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1. Who kicked the winning
goal for Collingwood against
2. Who, at age 46, was last
week inducted into American
Basketball's Hall of Fame?
3. What is the nickname of NRL
4. Who is the new coach of
5. How many points for a win are
generally awarded in soccer?
6. Which EPL team does
Emmanuel Adebayor play for?
7. Who is the regular left back
for Adelaide United?
8. Who won the
Sydney Swans' best
9. Which team will
play for next
10. Which former
Crow retired last
week at the age of
29 with a year of
his contract still to
run at his club?
11. Who knocked Serena
Williams out of the US Open?
12. What was the Crows' biggest
lead in their first semi-final
13. Who kicked the winning
goal for Central District in their
qualifying final win against Sturt?
14. Which English Premier
League team goes by the initials
15. In what year was Australia's
sporting colours officially
proclaimed as being green and
gold -- 1908, 1938 or 1984?
16. Which Australian golfer
finished equal second behind
Tiger Woods at the BMW
17. In soccer,
who won the
grand final in
18. In what
year were the
first Test cricket
on neutral soil,
who played and
19. What did the initials WG
stand for in WG Grace?
20. Name the nine players who
have been allotted the number
one guernsey for the Adelaide
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31-40 Bright spark.
41-45 Borderline genius.
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For a club that most said would
struggle to make the finals
Adelaide has had an A-grade
season. Unfortunately they didn t go
as far as they potentially could, but
winning 13 games in the minor round
was a great effort.
Things weren t looking good sitting
at 3-5 after round eight, but the players
stood up, and turned the season around
by playing a much more attacking
style of footy with an extreme use of
Neil Craig had most players at peak
form -- a great sign that they are happy
and understand what Craigy wants
from them. With so many players
having career-best seasons, the future
is very bright. When I first started play-
ing, in 93, the club s motto was that
with the future so bright, fans ought to
wear sunglasses. Well, if that was the
case then, these days a pair of welding
goggles might be more appropriate.
My only concern with Adelaide s
fast, high-possession game is it doesn t
traditionally hold up under the
pressure of finals footy, as we saw last
weekend. It s great if they can use it
for four quarters and keep their skills
at close to 100 per cent, but they need a
solid plan B that can be implemented
quickly when things go wrong.
The ruck area is also of slight
concern. Ivan Maric is doing a pretty
good job and -- granted -- Jonathan
Griffin and Brad Moran have both had
injury troubles, but it s definitely the
area of Adelaide s game that needs the
most work. James Sellar has done a
good job as a stand-in ruckman, but I
don t think he s a long-term option for
a dominant ruckman. Kurt Tippett can
hold his own, but I think we d all prefer
to see him up forward.
There s no reason why the Crows
can t improve and see some more
finals football next year. With Bernie
Vince, Chris Knights, Jason Porplyzia
and Tippett all having breakthrough
seasons and with some hard work in
deficient areas over the pre-season,
Adelaide will be a force in 2010.
Without harping on what I ve
already said about Port this year, 2009
has been the worst year in the club s
history, or at least the most embarrass-
ing -- on and off the field. I ve never
spoken to so many disillusioned Power
supporters as I have this year.
We all know the dramas they ve had
(so for everyone s sake I won t go over
them again) but the club needs to get
everyone in a room -- from the admin-
istration and Choco, to Dom Cassisi,
right down to the last rookie -- and sort
out their issues to get on the same page.
They need to work out the problems
and start rebuilding the club because
Port Adelaide, as a club and as a brand,
has been severely damaged by the 2009
There are so many concerns at Port
it s hard to know where to start, but
the communication between all levels
is one of the biggest. The fact that
Shaun Burgoyne wants out, and that
a deal couldn t be reached to keep him
is also a massive worry. Either issues
are so bad behind closed doors that he
couldn t cope or he is chasing money.
Either way to have your best player
want to leave is not a good thing.
Yet another concern is the number
of players who underachieved in 2009.
Admittedly there were a few injuries,
but the list is long and speaks volumes
for the feeling at Alberton. They ll need
to work really hard over the pre-season
to get the club back on track, but some
fast progress can be made.
A lot of things would have to go right
and not many wrong, but if they do then
Port can push towards finals in 2010.
For the sake of Port Adelaide, the
AFL and the health of footy in South
Australia I hope they straighten things
out and prove the doomsayers wrong
On a brighter note we have a couple
of cracking finals this weekend. St
Kilda and Geelong both look the goods
once again and, with the week off, will
be extremely tough to defeat.
Whoever wins, the grand final will
be an absolute ripper. Collingwood and
the Western Bulldogs are both very
capable of pulling off an upset, but I m
tipping the two best sides of 2009 to
make it through to what will be one of
the very best grand finals.
Roo s Views
Another Brett Burton
a high point in
Adelaide's loss to
Collingwood in last
week's Semi Final.
ROO S PRELIMINARY FINALS TIPS
St Kilda v Western Bulldogs
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