AFL protocols force Crows to cancel trial

Shayne Hope |

Adelaide have hit a hurdle in their preparation for the AFL season, forced to cancel an internal trial match because too many players are unavailable.

The Crows on Wednesday confirmed an unspecified number of players have been temporarily ruled out of action through the competition’s health and safety protocols.

Several players, including star wingman Paul Seedsman, are also sidelined through injury.

The intra-club hit-out was due to be held on Friday but has now been replaced by a standard training session.

“It is disappointing for our players who were looking forward to showcasing the hard work that they have put into this pre-season for our members and supporters via the live stream,” Adelaide football boss Adam Kelly said.

“This pandemic has taught us to prepare for all scenarios and be flexible with our planning, and while cancelling the practice game is not ideal, we do not anticipate it having a significant impact on our preparation for the season ahead.

“Our players have had a very strong pre-season and we are excited about taking that momentum into games.”

Adelaide are due to face Brisbane in a practice match on February 25 before an official pre-season fixture against Port Adelaide on March 5.

The Crows will open the premiership season at home to Fremantle on March 20.

All-Australian squad member Seedsman is still dealing with lingering concussion symptoms after a knock to the head during a training session two months ago.

The Crows are hopeful the 30-year-old will be able to resume full contact training in the near future but will not rush him back.