Crows play­ers may miss sec­ond game

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - AN­DREW CAPEL

GRIEV­ING Ade­laide have ad­mit­ted some play­ers might not be in the right frame of mind to play against West Coast in Perth on Satur­day and could make them­selves un­avail­able for the game.

Board mem­ber and 1997 premier­ship player Rod Jame­son said ev­ery player on the Crows list would deal dif­fer­ently with the tragic death of coach Phil Walsh and that their mind­sets would be mon­i­tored closely dur­ing the week be­fore a se­lec­tion de­ci­sion is made on them.

“That is quite pos­si­ble,’’ Jame­son said when asked if there is a chance some Crows might not be men­tally ready to re­turn to the play­ing field so soon af­ter Walsh’s pass­ing. “Yes, is the an­swer to that. “We will have to work with them ( the play­ers) in­di­vid­u­ally and as a group be­cause they will all han­dle it dif­fer­ently.

“It’s like some­one that passes away who is close to you in any work­place or a fam­ily mem­ber where you would prob­a­bly take a week off be­cause the en­vi­ron­ment pro­vides you with that.

“Be­cause this is so unique with what’s un­folded it’s go­ing to present chal­lenges daily around how we put it all to- gether and are go­ing through.’’

Ade­laide’s round 14 match against Gee­long, which had been sched­uled for Ade­laide Oval yesterday, was aban­doned and two premier­ship points awarded to each side af­ter the Crows’ lead­er­ship group de­cided the team would not be men­tally right to play so soon af­ter Walsh’s death early on Fri­day.

“It is enor­mously chal­leng­ing to deal with this and we don’t know how the play­ers will cop,’’ Jame­son said.

“There will be ebb and flow, it’s some­thing we to have to work but what I do know is that our play­ers are get­ting great and very pro­fes­sional sup­port from our wel­fare peo­ple, the AFL and AFL Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.’’

Crows play­ers gath­ered with of­fi­cials and fam­ily mem­bers at chair­man Rob Chap­man’s home on Fri­day night and had a light train­ing run at AAMI Sta­dium on Satur­day where they kicked a soc­cer ball around for half an hour.

They will re­turn to full train­ing to­day.

Cap­tain Tay­lor Walker de­scribed the feel­ing among the play­ers as be­ing “numb”.

Phil Walsh.

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