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Crows AFLW coach praises star midfielder after finals-record disposals tally in semi smashing

Adelaide coach Matthew Clarke says there’s one factor that separates his “distinctive” midfield star Anne Hatchard from the remainder.

Hatchard has gained three premierships with the Crows and was finest afield in one among them.

However by no means has an AFLW participant produced such a statistically dominant efficiency in a last than Hatchard’s Saturday evening feats towards Sydney.

The 25-year-old collected 36 disposals – a file particular person tally within the AFLW finals – in Adelaide’s 67-point trouncing of Sydney.

Her haul, which bettered teammate Ebony Marinoff’s 35 touches in a 2021 preliminary last, included 18 contested possessions, two targets, 5 inside 50s and 6 tackles.

However Clarke stated one other of Hatchard’s stats – her game-high 10 marks – highlights the distinction between his 175cm-tall on-baller and others.

“She was distinctive,” Clarke stated, after the Crows’ 12.10 (82) to 2.3 (15) win.

“Most likely the factor which units her aside from a whole lot of midfielders is her aerial capability.

“Clearly she has elite work-rate and will get up and down the bottom.

“However when the ball goes into an aerial contest, she wins greater than she doesn’t. She doesn’t even get the ball halved, she clunks them.”

Hatchard helped Adelaide advance to an away preliminary last towards North Melbourne subsequent weekend.

The final time they met the Roos, on October 29 at Adelaide’s Norwood Oval, Clarke’s Crows escaped with a three-point win.

“They (North) owned nearly each statistical class that day,” Clarke stated.

“And but we had been adequate to discover a approach to win.

“We obtained crushed a whole lot of areas. We’ll have to enhance on that efficiency.”

The Kangaroos booked their preliminary last berth with a 41-point thumping of reigning premiers Melbourne in a qualifying last final weekend.

“Their sport final week was most likely the efficiency of the 12 months … they’re in fairly good nick,” Clarke stated of the Roos.

“However equally, we’ve obtained some high quality on the market and we’re coming collectively hopefully on the proper time.”




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