Taylor Walker is back with bang for the Crows
BIG forward Taylor Walker is back, and so are the Adelaide Crows.
In his third game back after a knee reconstruction, Walker booted five goals as the Crows ran out deserved winners by 32 points against the Gold Coast Suns, 16.13 (109) to 11.11 (77) in front of another pumped-up Adelaide Oval crowd yesterday.
Leading by seven points at half-time, Walker kicked the first two goals of the second half, and when fellow forward Josh Jenkins added another the home side was out by 20.
As they had done in the second term, the Suns managed two late goals to reduce the margin to nine points at the final change. But Walker bobbed up with his fourth to open the last quarter before majors to David McKay and Eddie Betts ended Gold Coast's challenge.
David Swallow was clearly best for the Suns with 37 touches and two goals, while skipper Gary Ablett finished with 25 possessions but lacked his usual impact.
At Etihad Stadium Fremantle led throughout to hold off a determined Western Bulldogs by 38 points, 13.11 (89) to 6.15 (51).
Youngsters Tom Liberatore, Jackson Macrae and Mitch Wallis were impressive as the Dogs closed to within 18 points at three-quarter-time, but the class of the Dockers, plus tall options like Matthew Pavlich and Zac Clarke in attack proved the difference.