Adelaide captain Rory Sloane spoke to Channel Seven after the game…
Q: You are enormous. So was your team. Congratulations.
A: Thanks for having me. Yeah. It was a nice win. We got close last week. Disappointing loss and couldn’t quite get it done at the end. Few structural things which we let ourselves down with. Couldn’t be happier. Nailed the structures.
Q: You have had good wins. Clearly, good young players are coming through. And the older guys led. You look to be enjoying bringing the guys along?
A: Yeah. It is hard not to enjoy being around these kids. I mean, they bring a whole heap of energy to absolutely every session. And game day as well. Last year was tough. We stuck strong and took a lot of belief out of the backend of last year. That flowed over. Unfortunately, we lost a few games by close margins. Tonight was different. Without the learnings tonight, we may have been different.
Q: You play footy to get back up the ladder, play finals to challenge to win a premiership. Sometimes it seems a long way away, and then you have wins like tonight, see the young talent, it can be closer than you think?
A: Yeah. Absolutely. As I said, if we had – I mean, if we win a couple of the closer ones throughout the year, we would probably change the ladder position. We are learning. We are learning so much as the year progresses. Steep learning curves. The positive is we have never been out of the game. We started poorly tonight – especially in the contest – it is a positive sign that we just stuck at it and ground a win out.
Q: Riley Thilthorpe was the hero. But he had a shot 30 seconds earlier. He went the drop punt (from the boundary). Were you going to run over to tell them?
A: It was crossing my mind surely. We just need a point. Even a draw. Assumptions, hey? Shouldn’t assume. He made up for it. What a special finish!
Q: From you, the first goal of the last quarter, when you need a captain’s goal, dial in Rory Sloane!
A: Yeah, nice to finish off one. And get busy up there … Coming into the (bye) break. We wanted to give it everything in the last quarter. Yeah. A very happy bunch in there at the moment.
Q: What is it like leading such a young crew. It is a completely different set-up for you now?
A: Yeah. It is. Few years ago, we were the most experienced and oldest group in the comp. That’s done a full 360. It’s exciting for us. For us older guys, it is exciting to be around the group and seeing the progression they are making throughout the season. It’s outstanding. We will have dives at different times. As I said, we have been in most games and played well against quality sides. We have to stick at it. We will enjoy the break. And use the chance to freshen up. I think the boys need it. We will come back, finish strong. Take momentum to next year.
Q: I have to come back with Riley Thilthorpe. He is kicking goals over his head! Without overhyping him, what sort of player are we looking at? How good can he be?
A: Oh, I mean, those conditions tonight are made for him. He is a big bloke. Unbelievable on the ground. He is good in the air. He has a couple of absolute weapons. Going to be about keeping him fresh and make sure he enjoys the footy. Looks like he is.
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