Crows players may miss second game
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”.