Adelaide has been rocked by an unexpected fitness test on injured forward star Jason Porplyzia.
Crows football department officials were stunned when Barry Johnston, a Supercoach fantasy football coach, turned up at Adelaide training and demanded that he and his medical team be allowed to put Porplyzia through a searching fitness test, concentrating on the player's suspect shoulder.
"Adelaide has said he's only a chance this week, because of his shoulder, but in Supercoach, this is the first week of the finals and I'm not convinced that Crow doctors are working to the same timetable that I am," Johnston, from Milton in Brisbane, told thebladder.com.
"I've got more than 400,000 pretend dollars invested in this player and I think the days are past where Supercoach teams can trust an AFL club, more intent on September than our competition, to do the right thing in their selections.
"I brought my medical team, representing my Supercoach side, 'Balls Like Melons FC', to Adelaide to see if the Porpoise is good to go, or not."
Porplyzia, a $428,700 Forward in Supercoach, said he was a little surprised to have to endure some heavy crashing with his dodgy shoulder but conceded that this was just part of the modern football world.
"I respect Barry as a conscientious fantasy coach doing due diligence before the first round of his finals. I think, in the AFL, we all preach endlessly about leaving no stone unturned, taking it week-by-week, etcetera. All that crap. We can hardly blame a coach for wanting to check the health of his virtual players before such a big game."
In an unrelated story, Collingwood, Geelong, Hawthorn and Carlton were seen building enormous barricades and moats around their training facilities today.