Super sub Sam Berry saves Crows from 0-5 start

Maffra footballer Sam Berry. File photo.

Tom Hayes

THREE locals were in action during Round 5 of the AFL at the weekend, bouncing back to the norm after a week in the City of Churches.

Although some parts of the AFL ladder look to be taking shape, there is still a number of teams finding their feet, which could begin to have some effect as the season progresses.

MAFFRA’S Sam Berry was the hero for the Adelaide Crows at the weekend, coming off the bench as the substitute.

It was a topsy-turvy game between Carlton and the Crows at Marvel Stadium, as more than 10 lead changes played out across the four quarters.

The Blues kicked back into favour to lead by seven points at quarter time. Adelaide chipped back, but only ever-so-slightly, to reduce Carlton’s margin to six points at the main break.

Chances would go amiss for the Blues in the third term. Carlton went from 8.2 (50) to 11.9 (75), as a number of opportunities were touched on the line or rushed behind. In the meantime, Adelaide kicked 5.1 (31), to join Carlton on 75 points apiece.

Enter the game, Sam Berry.

Berry was clutch for the Crows in the final term, injecting pace, pressure and in the end, a major, to drag Adelaide over the line.

Berry had nine touches, four score involvements, two tackles and a clearance, on top of his match-winning goal in the quarter-long cameo.

Carlton led by as much as 16 points in the final term, before the Crows replied quickly with two majors to bring the match back to within a kick.

In the 30th minute of the final quarter, with about 90 seconds remaining on the clock, Berry shrugged a tackle and snapped truly from 35 metres, giving the Crows a two-point advantage.

Carlton had majority of possession after that, but could not muster a score, allowing the Crows to snap their losing streak, ultimately ending Carlton’s unbeaten start to the season, 16.4 (100) to 14.14 (98).

The Crows return to Adelaide Oval this weekend, when they host Essendon under the Friday night lights.

ELSEWHERE, Sale’s Charlie Comben was strong again for North Melbourne, but was unable to stop the wrath of Geelong.

Standing at fullback, there was not much he could do, as Geelong pretty much had everything go their way, as they sailed to a 75-point victory.

Comben was coming off the back of a strong showing against Brisbane during Gather Round, where he had 25 touches, eight marks and five tackles. This time around he had 14 disposals, nine marks and a tackle.

Josh Dunkley was important for Brisbane, as they found victory over Melbourne at the MCG.

It was a meaningful game for the Lions who were celebrating the 250th game of two-time Brownlow Medallist, Lachie Neale.

Dunkley, from Yarram, was Brisbane’s highest-ranked player on the ground, with 30 disposals, nine marks, four tackles and three clearances.

Scott Pendlebury and Collingwood had the bye at the weekend.

The Sale local may miss some footy, with a rib injury he suffered during Gather Round.

With no update provided at the time of print, it is unknown if he will be available to face Port Adelaide this Saturday at the MCG.