Adelaide Crows forward Sam Kerridge marks an early milestone

Sam Kerridge

Adelaide youngster Sam Kerridge celebrates one of his six goals against North Melbourne.

It was the game that Sam Kerridge, 20, will look back on as one of his fondest AFL memories regardless of how long he is in the game.

In just his seventh game, Kerridge snagged six goals – including three in the final quarter – as Adelaide completed a brazen highway robbery to beat North Melbourne by one point at Etihad Stadium.

Kerridge was chuffed as he looked back at the team’s effort and what it meant in bringing a group closer.

“That’s one of the great wins that I’ve had in my short career thus far and one I’ll remember for a while,” he said.

Kerridge’s game was from the top drawer: to go with his six goals, he had 24 disposals, eight of which were contested, and eight marks.

The most impressive part of his game was his instinctive goal sense; he’s a forward who crumbs as well as he marks and doesn’t hesitate to back himself in when it’s a difficult kick.

Alongside Jared Petrenko, Josh Jenkins and Shaun McKernan, he gives the opposition a starkly different look than what they had when up against Kurt Tippett and Taylor Walker last year, and the forward line’s greatest weapon is arguably its unpredictable nature.