Crows not fo­cussing on old mate ‘Dan­ger’

The Northern Star - - AFL SPORT - — Michae­lan­gelo Rucci

ADE­LAIDE’S play­ers in­sist Fri­day night’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal is about them – and not Patrick Danger­field – as the Crows note the task of end­ing a 19-year AFL grand fi­nal drought is no laugh­ing mat­ter.

Crows for­ward Tom Lynch has stepped away from the al­most-scripted banter be­tween fel­low Ade­laide for­ward Josh Jenk­ins and Danger­field to high­light the real fo­cus on West Lakes.

“I’m more in­ter­ested in get­ting my­self to a grand fi­nal than wor­ry­ing about stop­ping some­one else be­ing there,” Lynch said.

“A pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal makes you ex­cited ... gives you goose­bumps.

“The prospect of us get­ting there (to the pre­mier­ship-de­cider) is more im­por­tant than what hap­pens at any other club or any other player.”

Jenk­ins last week opened the off-field barbs with Danger­field – once kept on so­cial media – to tell Fox Sports: “If he marches into town with his Gee­long team­mates, there’ll be noth­ing bet­ter than beat­ing him and re­mind­ing him that per­haps he should have stuck around with us and he could be a Brown­low Medal­list and a pre­mier­ship player.”

But Lynch re­veals the strong ties – and re­spect – Danger­field still com­mands with so many Crows play­ers, after play­ing 154 AFL games at Ade­laide, makes a mock­ery of the mock­ing game be­tween Jenk­ins and the Brown­low Medal­list.

“Patrick was a fan­tas­tic player for our club,” said Lynch. “And he was a cham­pion of our club. He is a player at an­other club now ... and hope­fully he has great suc­cess, but only if we don’t get it.”

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