Crisp shines in Pies’ AFL grand final loss
MYRTLEFORD’S Jack Crisp did himself and his family proud on the biggest stage in football on Saturday with 25 disposals and a teamhigh nine marks, but his Magpies were ultimately left heartbroken as West Coast came away with a fivepoint AFL premiership triumph.
The Eagles trailed for almost the entire game after Collingwood made a fast start, kicking the first five goals.
Crisp was the Magpies’ best player after Taylor Adams and Tom Langdon who each received Norm Smith Medal votes.
The ultra-consistent defender also took a fantastic intercept mark late in the final quarter while Collingwood were still in front.
Crisp’s youngest brother Ryan said it was a sombre feeling in the change rooms after the game.
“Obviously everyone was pretty devastated, it’s a tough way to lose,” he said.
“I didn’t really talk to Jack about how he played, because it’s not important when you have lost but I think he will be glad he had a good game when he looks back at it.”
Crisp joins fellow former Myrtleford footballers, Steve McKee (2002) and Guy Rigoni (2000) as having lost AFL Grand Finals.
“Hopefully they can get back next year and change some of that Myrtleford luck,” Ryan Crisp said.
Crisp is almost certain to finish inside the top 10 of Collingwood’s best and fairest for a fourth consecutive year at the Copeland Trophy this Friday night.
The defender who is rated elite by Champion Data may even better his career best finish of third (2015) such was his consistency in 2018.
Crisp played all 26 games and averaged 23 disposals and five marks.
OUTSTANDING: Collingwood’s Jack Crisp (right) takes a strong mark in Saturday’s AFL grand final against West Coast.