TAYLOR Walker and his heir apparent Darcy Fogarty combined for 10 goals to drive Adelaide to a 57-point AFL win over a misfiring North Melbourne.
The 32-year-old Walker (six goals) and 22-year-old Fogarty (four) were too strong up front, consigning the Kangaroos to a 12th-straight loss and last position on the ladder.
The 17.13 (115) to 8.10 (58) victory in Hobart on Sunday afternoon was the Crows’ fifth this year and second from their past three games.
Walker, who is set to be offered a deal by Adelaide for 2023, picked up three goals in the first term and two in the crucial third.
In his 50th appearance, Fogarty produced the highlight of the game with a flying grab in a second term in which North Melbourne failed to kick a goal.
The Kangaroos trailed 33-24 at the end of the first quarter but couldn’t keep pace with the Crows, who extended the margin at each change.
Under pressure North Melbourne coach David Noble pulled a selection shock, shifting defender Ben McKay to the forward line.
He slotted one goal but sprayed a couple of set shots wide of all the posts.
North Melbourne’s Jackson Archer, son of club legend Glenn, didn’t look overawed on debut and picked up 15 disposals including six in the first term.
Tempers flared early in the game with Adelaide’s Shane McAdam and North Melbourne’s Luke McDonald coming together off the ball.
The Kangaroos lost Bailey Scott to a hip problem at halftime while Adelaide’s Will Hamill was subbed out of the match in the third term with concussion.
Adelaide forward Shane McAdam twisted his ankle late and was assisted from the field.
North Melbourne drop to last on the ladder, with just one win for the year, after fellow strugglers West Coast upset Essendon on Friday night.
(C) AAP 2022