Brisbane carried that momentum into a barnstorming third stanza, Jarrod Berry finally quelling the rampant Dawson, before Dayne Zorko, who was relatively subdued in the first half by his standards, produced two moments of characteristic brilliance.
Zorko expertly read McInerney’s hit-out and walked into goal before conjuring a beauty from the boundary line moments later.
At the other end, Adelaide’s finishing was poor and costly. Taylor Walker (1.4) and Elliott Himmelberg (0.2) were the chief offenders, particularly on set shots, as the Crows plunged to their third successive defeat.
The promise of a fast-tracked rebuild that they showed earlier in the season is suddenly going nowhere.
ECHOES OF ’79
Ned McHenry’s first goal was rather fortunate, to say the least.
The small forward gathered a ground-ball, which clearly went over the white paint right under the boundary umpire’s nose, in front of a stationary Keidean Coleman. McHenry then baulked around McInerney and snapped truly over Marcus Adams.
While the stakes were nowhere near as high, it did evoke memories for those old enough of Wayne Harmes’ famous, last-minute slide and knock-in which resulted in Ken Sheldon’s sealing goal that turned the 1979 grand final in Carlton’s favor against Collingwood.
Adelaide’s fightback either side of quarter-time was spearheaded by two emerging sources – Shane McAdam and McHenry.
The Crows produced five unanswered majors which, in sequence, went McAdam, McHenry, McAdam, McHenry, McAdam.
The lead marking of resurgent McAdam, who spent some time in the SANFL earlier this season, was a feature, while McHenry bounced back nicely from his poor showing against the Giants.
Jackson Hately also produced arguably his best game in Crows colours, but the Lions eventually seized control and demonstrated the difference between these two sides is still huge.
Brisbane: Neale, McInerney, Zorko, Lyons, Bailey, Cameron, Rich.
Adelaide: Laird, Dawson, Hately, McAdam, Keays, Doedee.