Written by Zac Milbank, CHIEF SANFL WRITER
West Adelaide began to rebuild its percentage with an impressive 69-point triumph against Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium on Saturday.
After suffering a record 138-point loss to North in Round 2, the Bloods have been on a mission to regain respect while also improving their standing on the premiership table.
And after leading at every change against the Crows, they have gone a long way towards this after catapulting themselves into sixth spot on the back comprehensive victories against Port and Ryan O’Keefe’s SANFL outfit.
Silky Kaine Stevens has been a major catalyst in the revival, racking up 35 disposals and a goal while Aaron Anderson (29 disposals and three goals) continues to build after having the best part of the last two years off Macca’s League level due to knee issues.
Anderson underwent a knee reconstruction in 2016 and couldn’t manage a game in the Macca’s League last year as he battled to regain his touch but now he’s recapturing the form he produced during the Bloods’ premiership season in 2015.
Premiership pair Tom Keough and Jason Porplyzia continue to make their presence felt at opportune moments but the real find of the afternoon was reborn defender Chris Burgess.
Used primarily as a defender due to his ability to regularly spoil his opponents, the versatile Bloods backman kicked a career-high five goals as his side piled on the pain for the visitors with an eight-goal final term.
West coach Gavin Colville would have been pleased as many as 10 players registered their names on the goal scoring list while the same amount had at least 17 disposals in an even display.
WEST 4.3 9.7 12.10 20.12 (132)
ADELAIDE 2.2 4.3 8.6 9.9 (63)
LEADING DISPOSALS – K. Stevens 35, Anderson 29, Porplyzia, Agostino 26, Keough, Hill 21, Noble 19, Batley 18.
GOALS – Burgess 5, Anderson 3, Hill, Bates, Noble, Beech 2, Middleton, Keough, K. Stevens, Schiller.