No ar­gu­ment on de­ci­sion to can­cel game against Cats

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHELAN­GELO RUCCI 22 games 40 games 60 games

ADE­LAIDE, Gee­long and the AFL quickly can­celled to­mor­row’s clash at Ade­laide Oval with Crows chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Fa­gan not­ing there was no other de­ci­sion to make nor con­sider.

“Ev­ery­one was on the same page – and quickly,” Fa­gan said of the un­prece­dented de­ci­sion, af­ter Crows coach Phil Walsh’s death, to can­cel a na­tional league AFL game.

“Such was the sig­nif­i­cance of this ( Walsh’s death) that it would have been un­fair, in­ap­pro­pri­ate to pro­ceed,” Fa­gan.

That view was im­me­di­ately shared by AFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Gil­lon McLach­lan and the Gee­long Foot­ball Club, where Walsh had started his post- foot­ball ca- reer as a fit­ness coach and run­ner with the Cats in the 1990s.

McLach­lan says the de­ci­sion to not play at the Oval to­mor­row is a mark of re­spect to Walsh.

“While play­ing footy can be part of the griev­ing process, we are strongly of the view that is it not fair to ask the young men at the Crows or Gee­long to play in these cir­cum­stances,” McLach­lan said. Fa­gan em­pha­sised the Crows play­ers also did not want to play to­mor­row. The four premier­ship points will be split be­tween the Crows and Gee­long.

“It would have been un­fair to play, not just for our foot­ball club. It would have been un­fair to Gee­long as well,” Fa­gan said. “That view was shared by the play­ing group – and com­mu­ni­cated to the AFL.

“It was not a dif­fi­cult process to reach that de­ci­sion. Ev­ery­one was very agree­able im­me­di­ately.”

All other games in Round 14 – will con­tinue.

Ade­laide will re­sume its foot­ball cam­paign next Satur­day in Perth against West Coast where Walsh worked for five sea­sons from 2008 as a midfield coach and strate­gist be­fore re­turn­ing to SA to have a sec­ond stint as an as­sis­tant coach at Port Ade­laide.

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