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Crows in better headspace: Camporeale

AAP logoAAP 9/09/2016 Steve Larkin

A year ago, Scott Camporeale was tasked with holding together an Adelaide playing group fragile from the alleged murder of their coach Phil Walsh.

Camporeale had been an assistant to Walsh, whose son Cy allegedly killed his father on July 3 last year.

The Crows turned to Camporeale as a caretaker coach - never has the term been more apt, given the club's raw shock at the killing.

Camporeale steered Adelaide to seven wins from his 11 games as head coach - one of them was an elimination final triumph against the Western Bulldogs.

A year on, Camporeale will again sit in the coaches box during an Adelaide elimination final, this time against North Melbourne on Saturday night.

And Camporeale, who returned to his midfield coaching role after opting not to seek the head coaching job given to Don Pyke, believes the Crows have a better mindset than at this time last year.

"From last year into this year, we have got more confidence," Camporeale told reporters on Friday.

"Winning more games. We have tightened up our defence, which is something that we needed to touch up on.

"The players are in a really good headspace and we have got continuity of players.

"So all those things going into a finals series is important."

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