Round 14 – Fearless: Tragedy hits home for everyone in the footy world


Hi all, a very belatedly and sad greetings for the week.  There are times when parenting brings rewards through merely being a parent. Simple things like funny things said or memories that bring a smile.

As I sat on the couch on Friday morning watching the Today Show News at 8.30 the story broke about Adelaide Crows Coach Phillip Walsh being murdered in his home allegedly by his son. Shocking as it was, my mind raced back to what Walsh had said in an earlier press conference about how he had a disconnect with his relationship with his son. From there, he said he was trying to start afresh and had recognised past errors of his ways in relation to his workaholic tendencies. And then this happens…

The front page of the Sunday Herald Sun has a photo of Quinn Walsh, Phillip’s only daughter under the banner “My Hero”. Her words “Hold Your Family Close” stay with me and probably will forever.

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On Friday afternoon, the AFL cancelled the game between Adelaide and Geelong on the grounds that AFL club Adelaide Crows’ coach Phil Walsh had been murdered. Geelong agreed with Adelaide to settle for 2 points each and the Adelaide Oval was turned into a public reserve during the game time as a tribute to the Crows coach.

The night before the Swans had hosted Port Adelaide and had managed to hold off a determined Power team keen on making it to September. In the enforced absence of Buddy and Tippett, Sam Reid kicked 3 and Adam Goodes continued his solid year. A stretcher for Ted Richards for a sling tackle by Schulz. Port’s endeavours not enough.

On Friday night after a tight tussle between the Magpies and the Hawks where the Hawks won by 10pts, all players and coaches locked arms after the game and formed a circle for a minute’s silence in honour of slain coach Phil Walsh. Footy had rediscovered its soul amid the sadness that enveloped the AFL community. Classy!

Same occurred after the Tigers had narrowly seen off the GWS at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. Toby Greene’s spitting aside, the GWS showed terrific heart and the Tigers managed to pull one out of the fire, after trailing for most of the day. A wet MCG saw a sluggish Tigers win one that might have been lost in past years.

Hey North Melbourne! The game was not at Wet n Wild, the game against the Sunnyboys was at Metricon. Gazza and young Swallow returned to lead the Suns off the bottom of the ladder, exposing their opponents with a heartening display. Suns get a 55pt win…if you give any side a sniff in 2015, it’s gonna hurt. Roo’d awakening!

Bevos Bullies hosted Barks’ Blues under the Etihad roof on Saturday night. The game was won 64 to 53. Picken Boyd Snr and young Macrae got possessions galore for the Doggies and young Caleb Daniel became the first 5’6” player on an AFL arena since Paul Callery in the 70s. The Doggy defense held sway as did more forward pressure.

Meanwhile Melbourne continued their study of googlemaps by hosting the Eagles in Darwin. The locals came out to TIO stadium to enjoy the evening and sales of Darwin stubbies went thru the roof. The Demons kept pace with the Eagles for 3 quarters before Jack Darling led the Eagles to win the last qtr 6.4 to 1.0. Eagles by 54pts.

Noone in their right mind would’ve picked the Saints to beat the Bombers by 110pts, not even the most one-eyed Sainter, formerly of the Moorabbin animal enclosure. Hirdy trudged off Etihad a dispirited and lonely soul after the game. His captain was injured. A young Saints outfit showed the future’s bright at Seaford. Bruce 5, Roo 4.

Fremantle took 3 quarters to shake off a plucky Brisbane Lions at the Fyfedom on Sunday. Freo skipper Pavlich broke his goal drought with 3 including 2 to kickstart the last qtr. A 3pt lead became a 36pt win. Lions big man Leuenberger battled well with Big Sandi and was leading Lions goalkicker with 2. Walters 4, Mundy 30 again.


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