No easy game in finals, says Crows mentor

Rory Sloane of the Crows is back from suspension.
Rory Sloane of the Crows is back from suspension. BEN MACMAHON

AFL: The Adelaide Crows will be using West Coast's shock defeat by the Western Bulldogs as an example of what can happen in finals football as motivation for tomorrow night's clash with North Melbourne at Adelaide Oval.

Just like the Eagles, the Crows are the red-hot favourites going into the elimination final but Adelaide assistant coach Scott Camporeale told reporters that nothing could be taken for granted.

"History says in finals anyone is a chance,” Camporeale said.

"It's a 50-50 ball game and if you allow the opposition to play how they want to play, it's going to be very difficult.”

The betting has Adelaide at $1.17 to win, with the Kangaroos $5.25 outsiders.

That is no surprise as North have limped into the finals, losing nine of their past 11 games.

The Crows also had a slip-up against the Eagles, losing the final home-and-away clash of the season to slip out of the top four and Camporeale said past form did not matter heading into this game.

"Finals is contested. It's tough. It's never a pretty game. It's an arm wrestle. There's no secrets to it,” he said.

"It will be hot early, no doubt about that.

"Across the board they (North) have finals experience. They have played in the last couple of preliminary finals.

"They have got a hard and tough midfield which generally helps you in finals.

"And they have got some power forwards so we have got to be able to restrict their supply obviously through the middle of the ground and hopefully put their defenders under a bit of duress.”

The Crows have had to make some tough choices with Rory Sloane (suspension) and Brodie Smith (concussion) both back in the squad.

Camporeale said dropping Ricky Henderson and Cam Ellis-Yoelmen was not easy.

"It's always difficult this time of year,” he said.

"There is always some unlucky guys that miss out.”

Scott Thompson (groin) and Jarrad Waite (hip) did not recover in time to play, so North Melbourne will go in unchanged.

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