Ca­reer high­lights re­called

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

SWAN Dis­tricts cap­tain Tal­lan Ames and team­mate Ryan Crowley hung up their boots af­ter los­ing to South Fre­man­tle in the WAFL semi-fi­nal 136-56 at Fre­man­tle Oval on Sun­day.

The duo joined coach Greg Harding, who af­ter seven sea­sons at the club fin­ished his ten­ure.

Ames leaves af­ter a 263-game WAFL ca­reer where the long-serv­ing cap­tain be­came a premier­ship player, fairest and best winner and a life mem­ber of the club.

Crowley, a for­mer Fre­man­tle and Essendon mid­fielder, played 196 AFL games and gave the club a boost af­ter a poor 2016 sea­son.

Ames, who had a quiet game against the Bull­dogs, said his ca­reer high­lights in­cluded the 2010 premier­ship, 2011 best and fairest, three State games and one na­tional game.

The 33-year-old de­fender ar­rived at the club in 2000 and played in the colts be­fore mak­ing his se­nior de­but in 2002.

Crowley, who fin­ished his ca­reer on a high and was one of the shin­ing lights for the Swan­nies with 29 pos­ses­sions and three goals in the 80-point drub­bing, said he had en­joyed his time at the club.

“It was a whole dif­fer­ent ball game, play­ing footy that’s not full­time,” he said. “It was my first time do­ing this and I en­joyed get­ting the en­joy­ment back,” he said.

Harding took the Swans to 66 wins and 73 losses.

Crowley was among the best on ground for the black ducks fol­lowed by Tony Notte, Todd Ban­field and Kirk Ugle.

A club spokesman said the loss was not the way the club wanted to end the sea­son but would re­turn big­ger and bet­ter in 2018.

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