We all fly as one as Crows hit the MCG
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