We all fly as one as Crows hit the MCG

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

THERE’S noth­ing quite like grand fi­nal week when one of the South Aus­tralian teams is play­ing.

Port Ade­laide fans will re­call fondly the week lead­ing up to the 2004 grand fi­nal. Maybe not 2007 so much.

But no mat­ter the re­sult, the week lead­ing up to the grand fi­nal is all about the hope, the ex­pec­ta­tion, the nerves and the ex­cite­ment gen­er­ated by do­ing what 16 other clubs couldn’t man­age - hav­ing a chance to fight it out on footy’s grand­est stage to claim ti­tle of AFL pre­mier.

It’s been a long time be­tween ap­pear­ances for the Crows, even longer for Rich­mond.

Hav­ing Ade­laide in the grand fi­nal for the first time since 1998 has given the state a great boost this week.

To even reach the grand fi­nal has been a mag­nif­i­cent achieve­ment for the Crows.

This is a club and a team that en­dured ter­ri­ble dark­ness in the weeks and months fol­low­ing the death of for­mer coach Phil Walsh in 2015.

It would have been easy for the club to fall apart at that point. In­stead un­der the lead­er­ship of chair­man Rob Chap­man, chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Fa­gan, cap­tain Tay­lor Walker and then new coach Don Pyke, the Crows built some­thing re­mark­able.

Never has a club slo­gan - we fly as one - seemed more ap­pro­pri­ate.

South Aus­tralia as a state also has had its hard times. For most of the past decade we have lagged the rest of the na­tion in an eco­nomic sense.

Our un­em­ploy­ment rate, de­spite a re­cent down­ward blip, has re­mained stub­bornly high.

Next month one of the pil­lars of our econ­omy, Holden, is clos­ing its doors. We have the high­est elec­tric­ity prices and the least re­li­able en­ergy net­work.

It’s not all doom and gloom. The sub­ma­rine project has been won, there is prom­ise in the new so­lar power project in Port Augusta.

An Ade­laide pre­mier­ship to­day would pro­vide a won­der­ful morale lift for the state. Crows fans would stand a lit­tle taller, feel a lit­tle prouder. All that re­mains to say is - Go Crows

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