Crows, Roos insist green shoots are there

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Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks and his North Melbourne counterpart David Noble are bullish about the future as their lacklustre AFL seasons come to an end.

The Crows downed North by 44 points in the season's last home-and-away game, jumping from 17th to 15th.

High-flying Crow Shane McAdam's three goals and the midfield mastery of Ben Keays (38 touches, two goals) and Rory Laird (40 disposals, 10 clearances) highlighted Adelaide's seventh win.

The Crows won just three games last season when wooden-spooners - that proverbial trophy now belongs with the Kangaroos, who finish year one of their Noble rebuild with four wins and a draw.

Roos coach Noble said while unsatisfying, there were positives from the season.

"There are some extremely good building blocks that we can go to from here," Noble said.

"You just have to be really cautious in taking that result of today and letting it overwhelm the whole growth of the year, particularly the second half."

Adelaide miss the finals for a fourth consecutive season but Nicks was upbeat about his young squad's prospects.

"We played some really strong football in patches," Nicks said.

"We have played enough good footy to feel like the foundations are there laid for a really positive future."

The Roos on Sunday kicked the opening goal and then conceded seven of the next eight.

The Crows, with McAdam's soaring leap on North's Aiden Bonar in the first term a highlight, stretched to a 24-points halftime lead, 5.9 to 2.3.

Adelaide, in the final games of stalwarts David Mackay (retired) and delistee Tom Lynch, whose second-last kick for the Crows was a goal, scored eight goals to six after the break and were never threatened.

North spearhead Nick Larkey, with three last-half goals, provided some bright spots for the visitors, with teammates Aaron Hall (37 disposals) and Tarryn Thomas (26 touches, one goal) their standouts.

Adelaide's Laird led all ball-winners while Keays, captain Rory Sloane (27 disposals), Ned McHenry (24, one goal) and half-back Brodie Smith (26 possessions) were influential.

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