Dan­ger jokes stop with flag loom­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHELAN­GELO 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. “It is not very of­ten you get the prospect of be­ing one game from the grand fi­nal, so a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal makes you ex­cited – and gives you goose­bumps. So the prospect of us get­ting there 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.

CLASS ACT: Crow Tom Lynch ( left) says it’s all busi­ness against Gee­long, de­spite the Cats be­ing armed with Pa­trick Danger­field ( right). Pic­ture: GETTY IMAGES

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