Crisp shines in Pies’ AFL grand fi­nal loss

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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.

PHOTO: Mark Ste­wart/Her­ald Sun

OUT­STAND­ING: Colling­wood’s Jack Crisp (right) takes a strong mark in Satur­day’s AFL grand fi­nal against West Coast.

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