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Lynch proves to Crows coach he can boot with the big boys

Tom Lynch of the Crows kicks the ball during the round five AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 27, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Tom Lynch of the Crows kicks the ball during the round five AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 27, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Michael Dodge / Getty Images

TAYLOR who?

If Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson had been wondering who was going to take over from the injured Taylor Walker as the team's prime goalkicker, Tom Lynch put his hand up for the role yesterday.

Taking on a woeful GWS outfit in front of a paltry crowd of less than 6000 in Western Sydney, Lynch booted 10 goals as the Crows won by 135 points, 29.13 (187) to 7.10 (52).

Six of those came in the third quarter when Adelaide kicked 11 goals to four.

Lynch was part of a dominant forward line that included fellow tall Josh Jenkins (four goals), while midfielder Patrick Dangerfield also spent plenty of time forward and finished with 28 possessions and four goals.

The Giants simply had no answers to Adelaide's run although co-captain Callan Ward and Adam Tomlinson tried hard and promising forward Jeremy Cameron managed three goals from limited opportunities.

The score was Adelaide's second highest in the club's history, and Lynch's 10-goal haul was the first for the Crows since Tony Modra managed the feat twice in the 1993 season.

GWS faces the daunting prospect of taking on Hawthorn next week in Launceston - a team it lost to last year by 162 points.

Topics:  adelaide crows afl tom lynch


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