Eddie Betts has been hailed as the ‘GOAT of miraculous goals’ after the Adelaide star kicked what is already being described as the ‘goal of the season’ on Sunday.
Celebrating his 300th game, Betts marked the milestone in trademark style, booting six goals in a 73-point thrashing of Gold Coast.
Betts was chaired from Adelaide Oval on teammates’ shoulders after the Crows’ resounding 18.11 (119) to 6.10 (46) win.
One moment in particular left viewers in awe of the Crows star’s unrivalled brilliance.
Betts had barely any angle to work with down the left side of the field but the little genius still managed to thread the needle with a sumptuous goal.
Kicking the ball with the outside of his left boot, Betts managed to banana it through the sticks to send the home crowd, commentators and viewers into raptures.
Goal of the season 2019 Eddie Betts pic.twitter.com/4tXLoDqFK2
— 🔴 ⚫Andy Bombers 🔴⚫ (@theissling_andy) April 21, 2019
— Taylor Allen (@MadiNateRDT) April 21, 2019
Omg Eddie Betts
— Charles Cameron (@Charles__23) April 21, 2019
The 3 best things to ever happen to the Adelaide Football Club:
— Madeleine Dunne (@MadeleineDunne) April 21, 2019
Nothing but class Eddie Betts ! Genuine freak ⭐️👏🏽
— Adam Oxley (@oxy_4) April 21, 2019
— Carmen Francis (@carms_07) April 21, 2019
Oh yes Eddie Betts!!! Celebrate your 300th in style #AFLCrowsSuns
— John Hunt (@JohnHunt1992) April 21, 2019
— CamBuchanan (@CamBuchanan1) April 21, 2019
— Archie Bañez (@Aussie_Arch) April 21, 2019
Adelaide’s triumph was created by a second-term blitz which reaped five goals to none as the Suns slipped to their second loss of the season.
Betts had nine scoring shots as the Crows banked a much-needed second win of the season.
Co-captain Taylor Walker and fellow forward Lachlan Murphy kicked three goals apiece while half-back Brodie Smith (27 disposals, two goals) was outstanding in his 150th AFL game.
Smith provided great dash from defence while Rory Sloane (32 possessions), Matt Crouch (36 touches), his brother Brad (34 disposals) and Cam Ellis-Yolmen (29 touches) formed a dominant midfield.
The onball brigade helped the Crows break the game open after a forgettable first term when Adelaide’s Murphy kicked the sole goal after the quarter-time siren.
The Crows then piled on five consecutive goals to craft a decisive 34-point halftime lead, despite losing utility Wayne Milera to a left shoulder injury.
Milera was hurt in a crunching bump with Gold Coast’s Pearce Hanley and didn’t feature after halftime.
Hanley (29 disposals) was among the better players for Gold Coast, who are still yet to beat the the Crows in a dozen matches.
Emerging Sun Brayden Fiorini kicked a goal among his 30 possessions, Peter Wright kicked three majors and Touk Miller (29 disposals, 10 tackles) battled gamely against the Adelaide tide.
The Suns host Brisbane next Saturday afternoon while the Crows meet St Kilda in Melbourne on Saturday night.