June 13, 2024

Adelaide Assistant Coach Nathan van Berlo expressed disappointment and frustration among players and coaches following their loss to Melbourne in their recent Gather Round clash. Despite staging a comeback against the Demons at Adelaide Oval, the Crows ultimately fell short by 15 points.

Addressing the media on Monday, van Berlo acknowledged that the team’s current form was below expectations. He emphasized the need to channel disappointment and frustration into a constructive analysis of what is required to elevate their game.

“We are just as frustrated and disappointed as our supporters would be,” van Berlo remarked. “However, it’s crucial to use this disappointment and frustration to gain clarity on what it will take to reach the level of performance we desire.”

Van Berlo emphasized the team’s determination to overcome their current challenges, whether in the upcoming fixture or in the weeks ahead. Despite winning the inside-50s and centre clearances, the Crows struggled to capitalize on their opportunities.

The focus in training this week, according to van Berlo, will be on refining skills and improving connection in the forward line. He stressed the importance of continuous training to address the identified areas of breakdown.

“To be straightforward, we need to persist in training,” van Berlo explained. “It’s evident what aspects are hindering our performance at the moment. Our training sessions must prioritize maximizing ball involvement to address these issues.”

“I can only draw from my own playing experience when I faced challenges with form and felt that my fundamentals were slipping. During those times, I focused on increasing my ball touches throughout the week and practicing under pressure, so that come game day, I had confidence in my preparation.”

“All of our players are adopting a similar mindset, striving to improve rapidly and execute the basics effectively.”

Adelaide is set to face Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Saturday, presenting an opportunity for the team to bounce back.

“Carlton is currently playing exceptional football and has shown resilience in winning close games,” van Berlo noted. “We are aware of the threats they pose, particularly with their tall forwards and strong midfield lineup.”

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“We believe in our ability to compete and it’s about showcasing that on the field.”

The Adelaide versus Carlton match at Marvel Stadium is scheduled for Saturday at 4:05 pm (ACST). Fans can catch the action live on Channel 7 Adelaide, Fox Footy, and Kayo.


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