Crows to bounce back from shock loss: Allan

ADELAIDE defender Sarah Allan says the Crows will call on the experience of last year's premiership to bounce back from their surprise opening round loss.

With seven debutants, including former Greater Western Sydney star Courtney Gum coming out of retirement, an injury-hit Crows suffered a shock 13-point defeat to Brisbane at Hickey Park on Saturday.  

The result places even more importance on Sunday's home game against newcomers St Kilda at Richmond Oval.

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It's the second year in a row the Crows have lost in round one after going down in a one-point thriller to the Western Bulldogs in 2019.

That was followed by a stretch of eight straight victories including blow-out wins in the finals series.

"Even last year, we lost round one, so I don't think we can get too down on it," Allan told reporters on Monday.

"Although it’s a short competition, you can change your position pretty quickly.

"That's what I've been saying, we've done it before … so we'll take that on board and trust in our team that we've got the resilience to do it."

Having only had 21 fit players on their list to choose from last week, the Crows are hopeful of regaining experienced defender Courtney Cramey (calf) and midfielder Sophie Li (concussion) with the match against the Saints.

Superstar Erin Phillips and ruck Rhiannon Metcalfe remain week by week propositions in their returns from knee reconstructions.