Swan song for Crow­ley

Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page -

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

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

Ames leaves a 263game WAFL ca­reer where the long-serv­ing cap­tain be­came a pre- mier­ship 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, told the Eastern Re­porter 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, told the Re­porter he had en­joyed his time at the club.

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

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End of an era: Ryan Crow­ley and Tal­lan Ames have hung up their boots.

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