Roost­ers fairy­tale

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

THE North Ade­laide fairy­tale has be­come an even more in­cred­i­ble story af­ter a drama-filled SANFL pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Ade­laide yes­ter­day.

Last year, the Roost­ers could man­age just four wins and fin­ished at the bot­tom of the lad­der in coach Josh Carr’s sec­ond year at the club. Now the Roost­ers are in the grand fi­nal and will chase their first pre­mier­ship since 1991 when they con­front hot favourites Nor­wood.

It has been a stun­ning rise, es­pe­cially given the open­ing round trauma when Bute farmer Vaughan Tay­lor, a pop­u­lar trainer at the club for 15 years, col­lapsed and died en­ter­ing the vis­i­tors’ chang­e­rooms at El­iz­a­beth Oval. And it was an un­be­liev­able per­for­mance against WoodvilleWest Tor­rens in the season’s penul­ti­mate game which epit­o­mises the emer­gence of the Roost­ers as a se­ri­ous con­tender.

The Roost­ers were on the ropes and seem­ingly head­ing out the back door when they trailed by 47 points in the third quar­ter. But the be­lief and spirit in­stalled in the play­ers by Carr was on dis­play.

It’s just a shame such a great ex­am­ple of SANFL ac­tion has been over­shad­owed by the ex­tra man con­tro­versy.

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