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Crows thrash Suns in Betts' 300th AFL game

Adelaide have trounced Gold Coast by 73 points, with star forward Eddie Betts kicking six goals in his 300th AFL match.

Crows thrash Suns in Betts' 300th AFL game

Adelaide have trounced Gold Coast by 73 points, with star forward Eddie Betts kicking six goals in his 300th AFL match.

EDDIE BETTS of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
EDDIE BETTS of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images

Adelaide's folk hero Eddie Betts has celebrated his 300th AFL match with six goals in a 73-point thrashing of Gold Coast.

Betts was chaired from Adelaide Oval on teammates' shoulders after Sunday's resounding 18.11 (119) to 6.10 (46) win.


Betts, the sixth indigenous player to reach 300 AFL games, capped his milestone with a trademark freak goal - a 30-metre left-foot checkside from the boundary line in the last quarter.

"You can't coach that - it's just a unique and rare talent," Crows coach Don Pyke said.

"All you can do is really sit back and appreciate it like everyone else.

"He has been an incredible player. We're lucky to have him at our footy club.

"He's not only a great player, he's a wonderful club person - really selfless; a great family man. He sets a great example for all of our players."

The Crows' other milestone man, half-back Brodie Smith, was best-afield in his 150th AFL game with 27 disposals and two goals.

Adelaide's triumph was created by a second-term blitz which reaped five goals to none as the Suns slipped to their second loss of the season.

But during the onslaught, the Crows lost utility Wayne Milera to a left shoulder injury.

Coach Pyke said Milera might be sidelined for four to six weeks, depending on results of scans.

Milera was hurt in a crunching bump with Gold Coast's Pearce Hanley, who collected 29 disposals and was among the better players for the Suns - yet to beat the the Crows in a dozen matches.

Emerging Sun Brayden Fiorini kicked a goal among his team-high 30 possessions, Peter Wright booted three majors and Touk Miller (29 disposals, 10 tackles) battled gamely against the Adelaide tide.

"It was not a great night for us but we have come up against a more-mature team that has been together for a long time," Suns coach Stuart Dew said.

"We are still finding our way, gelling.

"The fact we have won three games and now lost like this doesn't change what we're going to work on and where we're going to look to improve."

Gold Coast host Brisbane on Saturday afternoon while the Crows meet St Kilda that night in Melbourne.

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