Adelaide fans have celebrated the final victory over Essens by celebrating the end of an era.
The Bombers won a thrilling game to close the series against the Bombers at Adelaide Oval.
“It’s the biggest victory we’ve had in a long time,” coach Brad Scott said.
“We’re really proud of the players and we’re really happy with how we did it.”
The last time the Bomber team lost a game in the final two years of a four-year contract was in 2009 when they lost the match at the MCG to West Coast in the grand final.
“I can’t wait for it to be over,” Scott said before the final whistle.
“There’s a bit of a void left in the club, but hopefully the fans will find a way to find it.”
The boys have done a great job for the last year, and I can’t thank them enough.
“Essendon will look to build on their strong start to the season.
The Dockers are one of three teams to have won eight of their last nine games, including a win in the round 17 final.
The Swans are unbeaten at home, and are the only other team to have played a game at the Crows.
They’ve also won three of their past four matches at Adelaide.”
A lot of our success is down to the young guys,” Scott told the club’s website.”
But I know when we look back, we’ve got a great team, and we’ve put a lot of work into it.
We’ve had a lot to think about this week.
“This is the time to put the work in and get ready for the big one.”
The Crows were eliminated from the competition in the second round last year when they dropped a five-point decision to the Western Bulldogs.
Coach Adam Simpson has had the job since then and said he was disappointed by how the club went down.
“Obviously the way we ended the season is disappointing,” Simpson said.
“I was surprised to see how it ended up.”
Scott said the team has been focused on the challenge ahead.
“You’ve got to have a plan,” he said.
“(But) we’ll take that with us.”