Suc­cess­ful ca­reers over for Swans pair

Stirling Times - - Sport - Belinda Cipri­ano

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 re­tired af­ter seven sea­sons at the club.

Ames leaves a 263-game WAFL ca­reer where the longserv­ing cap­tain be­came a premier­ship player, fairest and best win­ner and a life mem­ber.

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 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 WAFL 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.

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 they would re­turn big­ger and bet­ter in 2018.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473573

Tal­lan Ames and Ryan Crow­ley have hung up the boots.

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