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Form in Melbourne to help Crows for finals

Richard Douglas has been happy with the Crows' form in Melbourne.
Richard Douglas has been happy with the Crows' form in Melbourne. DAVID MARIUZ

ADELAIDE veteran Richard Douglas believes the side's form in Melbourne will give the Crows a real boost heading into September.

A 43-point victory over Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night stretched Adelaide's unbeaten streak in Melbourne to six games and solidified its grip on the minor premiership.

The commanding win all but secured the Crows a home qualifying final, where they will likely take on Geelong, Richmond, Sydney or Port Adelaide.

But Douglas knows Adelaide must eventually navigate an MCG fixture if it is to lift the premiership and believes the side's form in Melbourne gives it an added advantage.

"It's pretty good," Douglas told Fox Sports News' AFL Today.

"It's really important for us to gain confidence winning here. We obviously understand that it's where the big dance is played and every time we get to Melbourne we really enjoy it.

"To get another good win at Etihad Stadium was pleasing."

Adelaide can secure the minor premiership and therefore a home qualifying final with victory over Sydney at the Adelaide Oval next Friday night.

And the Crows will take extra motivation from what happened in last year's semi final, where the Swans comprehensively defeated them by 36 points to end their flag hopes.

"Friday night will be a fantastic challenge for us," Douglas said.

"They're playing as good a footy as anyone. We lost to them in a final last year and really got taught a footy lesson.

"We're looking forward to Friday night and seeing how far we've come in 12 months."

Without a premiership in 19 years, Douglas believes this is the best chance Adelaide has had of breaking that drought during his tenure with the Crows.

"We've been there abouts for a few years now," he said.

"This group has been together for three or four years and we've really matured through some good times and bad.

"That core nucleus of players has probably played 50 or 60 games together, which I think is really important.

"We've developed really well, particularly over the last 12 months, so I think we're in a really good position to attack September."

News Corp Australia

Topics:  adelaide crows afl2017 richard douglas


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