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Posted: 5 July, 2015

Crows To Name Interim Coach

Scott Camporeale heads list of possible replacements for Phil Walsh

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The Adelaide Crows are expected to announce an interim coach in the coming days to takeover from Phil Walsh for the rest of the season.

The club currently has David Teague, Scott Camporeale, Darren Milburn and Matthew Clarke as assistant coaches while David Noble heads up the football department at the Crows.

Jay Clark told the Sunday Rub Camporeale is likely to be the man to take over from Walsh.

"It’s going to be a huge change for the Adelaide Football Club but I think midfield coach Scott Camporeale is going to be the man to take over this footy club for the rest of the season," Clark told the Sunday Rub.

"I think David Noble, the head of football, is still going to have a massive role to play, supporting him and the rest of the coaching group."

Camporeale played 252 games for the Blues and the Bombers between 1995 and 2007.

He then went on to be an assistant coach at Essendon until 2010 when he moved across to the Crows to become the midfield coach and Clark said Camporeale's made a name for himself while in Adelaide.

"Camporeale is highly rated, he came into the club in 2010 under Brenton Sanderson and played a huge role in tightening up some of their stoppage work," Clark said.

Hot Breakfast reporter Seb Costello telling the Sunday Rub the feeling in Adelaide was that Camporeale was the main to take the Crows forward out of this tough time for the club.

"There were probably a few assistants who were likely to move on at the end of the season anyway for the Crows," Costello told the Sunday Rub.

"There was a perception that some of them were in fact (Sanderson’s) men."

"Camporeale is certainly one that is highly rated in Adelaide and in a position to guide the team for the rest of the season."

Walsh died because of multiple stab wounds in the hands of paramedics after emergency services were called to his property early on Friday morning for a domestic dispute.

Walsh's son, Cy, has been charged with the murder of his father. 

More than 20,000 fans gathered at the Adelaide Oval on the day of the Crows cancelled match against the Cats to pay their respects to the slain coach.

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Posted: 5 July, 2015

Fans mourn Walsh at Adelaide Oval

Thousands of fans stand in silence to remember Adelaide coach

UPDATE:

At least 20,000 fans have honoured Phil Walsh with a minutes silence at the Adelaide Oval today.

Following the minutes silence, the commemorative siren blew, signaling what would have been the start of the Crows round 14 match against the Cats.

Fans have enjoyed a kick to kick for the past hour with some laying flowers in the middle of the ground.

To finish proceedings, the siren blew again at 4pm local time and the Crows theme song was played over the speaker system at the ground.

Stadium management confirmed there was over 20,000 fans in the stadium to say their farewells to Walsh.

"When we were planning this yesterday, we didn’t know how many people would turn up," Adelaide Oval CEO Andrew Daniels told Channel 9.

"We’re really proud to see over 20,000 people turn up at the Adelaide Oval today."

The attention now turns to who the club will name as their next coach, with an possible announcement as early as tonight.

EARLIER:

The Adelade Oval will open their gates 15 minutes earlier than originally scheduled to account for the large number of fans who have made the trek to the stadium to pay their respects to Phil Walsh.

The gates will open at 2.15pm local time instead of 2.30pm before the siren will go at 2.50 to allow fans onto the ground for a kick to kick.

Only the Southern stand was opened to fans but the stadium has been forced to open the Eastern and Western stands to accommodate for the number of fans flocking into the ground.

EARLIER:

Thousands of Adelaide fans are flocking to the Adelaide Oval today to pay their respects to former Crows coach Phil Walsh.

Pictures have emerged of fans marching across the footbridge from the city to the stadium in total silence before joining arm in arm with heads bowed in respect to Walsh.

Flowers, Adelaide merchandise and consolation gifts have been laid at the base of the stadium by grieving fans.

The Crows round 14 match against the Cats at the ground was cancelled today by the AFL, but an executive decision from stadium management allowed the ground to be open to fans between 2.30pm and 4pm.

A siren will go off at 2.50pm, the time the match between Adelaide and Geelong was meant to start and fans will be allow onto the ground for a kick to kick.

It is not known if any members of the Adelaide Football Club will be present at the stadium.

It is believed the Crows will name an interim coach to replace Walsh later today. 

Walsh died in the hands of parademics on Friday morning after emergency services were called to his house at Somerton Park after a domestic dispute.

His 26 year old son, Cy, has been charged with the murder of his father and an investigation is under way to determine whether the drug Ice was a factor in Walsh's murder.

Adelaide's next match is against West Coast next Saturday night at Domain Stadium.

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Posted: 5 July, 2015

Winderlich pulls out

Ben Howlett will replace Winderlich in the Bombers side

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Bombers utility Jason Winderlich has pulled out of today's match against the Saints with a shin injury. 

Winderlich made his comeback to the Essendon side last week after off-season back surgery but assistant coach Mark Harvey told the Sunday Rub it should be a one week injury.

"It's an unusual one, it's the nerve that's attached between his shin and his calf," Harvey told the Sunday Rub.

"My understand is that it's only for this week and he'll be right for next week."

Winderlich will be replaced Ben Howlett, who also takes the green vest for today's match.

There are no late changes for the Saints, who have Luke Dunstan as their starting sub. 

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Posted: 4 July, 2015

Rowe out

Jason Tutt to replace Rowe in the Carlton team

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Carlton defender Sam Rowe has pulled out of tonight's match against the Western Bulldogs with soreness.

Rowe pulled up sore after last week's 34 point victory over the Suns and Carlton kept him in the squad hoping he would come good on gameday however he didn't recover in time for tonight's match.

Small forward Jason Tutt comes in to replace Rowe for his 6th game of the season, while Mark Whiley starts as the sub for the Blues.

There are no late changes for the Bulldogs, who have first gamer Caleb Daniel starting as the sub.

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Posted: 4 July, 2015

Tex speaks on Walsh

Adelaide skipper describes feeling at Crows as 'pretty numb'

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Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker has spoken on the players behalf for the first time since the death of coach Phil Walsh early yesterday morning.

Speaking to the club website, Walker said the players were lucky to be in a supportive football club environment in this tough time for the club.

"It’s an environment where you sit together, we can lean on each other and obviously when we heard the news everyone took it their own way," Walker told the club website.

"It’s a pretty numb feeling at the moment, every individual is probably taking it a bit harder or a bit different to each other."

"But when you lose your head honcho it hits you pretty hard."

Walsh was in his first season as senior coach of the Crows and Walker couldn't believe the effect the coach has had on the club in his short tenure. 

"I think you look at the support we’ve had over the past 24-48 hours from external people," Walker said.

"(Walsh’s) ability to come in in 9 months and have an  influence on every single person, not only players, but admin staff, support staff at this footy club."

"He was just a great man and one I started to fall in love with."

The Crows gathered at club headquarters at AAMI Stadium on Saturday after their scheduled match on Sunday against Geelong was cancelled and Walker said the team had begun to reflect on Walsh's time as a Crow.

"I had many conversations with him but probably one that sticks out in my mind is that he told me not to call him after 8pm because that’s his bedtime," Walker said laughing.

"There’s a lot of stories that probably over the next week, two weeks, however long it takes, that I’ll sit back and reflect on what the memories were and what I experienced along the way with Walshy."

Adelaide's next match is against the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium next Saturday night.

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Posted: 4 July, 2015

Teams follow Pies, Hawks lead

All teams join arms after match for minutes silence for Crows coach

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UPDATE:

Teams in every match subsequent to Friday night's match between Collingwood and Hawthorn have taken their lead and joined arms in honour of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh after their respective matches.

Players from both the Pies and Hawks stood arm in arm in an alternating pattern around the centre circle after Alastair Clarkson approached Nathan Buckley with the idea before Friday's match.

Today's match between Adelaide and Geelong was cancelled because of the tragic death of Walsh however fans can still go to the Adelaide Oval to pay their respects to the Crows and the Walsh family. 

EARLIER:

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has confirmed the Tigers and Giants will follow the lead of Collingwood and Hawthorn by honouring Phil Walsh.

Collingwood and Hawthorn players linked arms in a huddle around the centre circle at the MCG to honour Walsh with a moments silence post match and Hardwick told the Saturday Rub his team plan to do something as well.

"It is something the AFL has approached us to do at the end of the game today," Hardwick told the Saturday Rub.

"I thought it was fantastic last night and it certainly bought a bit of a lump to my throat."

"That’s the one thing the AFL community do incredibly well, we lost one of our own, a great man and we’ll be looking to recognise him in some way at the end of the game."

Damian Hardwick played under Walsh as a Port Adelaide player while Walsh was an assistant coach and said the day was incredibly traumatic for a number of people at Richmond yesterday.

"He was an outstanding man, well ahead of his time and while I played under Phil in the three years I had there, he was going about his business like we are doing now," Hardwick told the Saturday Rub.

"He was an innovator by trade, an outstanding man, and he will be sorely missed."

"We've got a number of members here (at Richmond) who have a Port Adelaide flavour so to speak."

"We've got Mark Williams, (list manager) Blair Hartley, Brendon Lade, myself, Matt Thomas, these type of people, a lot of Port people who were shaken."

"So we did speak to our group yesterday and explain what sort of man he was and what he stood for so we could just pay our respects and our deepest sympathies go to the family because it was a traumatic day in AFL footy yesterday."

Richmond and GWS both stood for a minutes silence before the match to honour Walsh after running onto the ground without banners or team songs. 

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Posted: 4 July, 2015

Pies, Hawks Honour Walsh

Players stand alternating for moments silence after Hawks win

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Collingwood and Hawthorn have honoured Phil Walsh by joining arms in a huddle around the centre circle after last night's game at the MCG.

Led by coaches Alastair Clarkson and Nathan Buckley, players alternating from both clubs, stood with heads bowed for a moments silence after the Hawks notched up a 10 point win over the Pies.

Buckley telling the Saturday Rub Clarkson approached him with the idea before the match. 

"(Clarkson) came across before warmup and suggested the events post match and covered it off with our captains (Scott Pendlebury and Luke Hodge) and the four of us were aware of what was going to take place," Buckley told the Saturday Rub.

"I thought it was a significant gesture and a reminder that we are all flesh and blood playing a game that we love."

The AFL cut down on much of the entertainment throughout the match to honour Walsh, with the teams not running out to team songs or banners before the match, while Hawthorn's song wasn't played after their victory.

Adelaide CEO Andrew Fagan thanked both clubs on Triple M Adelaide this morning.

"It was a moment that will forever be etched in my mind as one of the more telling and touching tributes," Fagan told Triple M Adelaide.

"I want to thank Alastair Clarkson, Nathan Buckley, the captains of both clubs and the playing groups of both clubs for coming together and linking arms in providing a tribute that touched everyone that saw it."

Walsh died in his home early on Tuesday morning after police were called to his house in Somerton Park for a domestic dispute.

His 26 year old son Cy has been charged with his murder.

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Posted: 4 July, 2015

Brownlow Votes To Count

Crows and Cats will have one fewer match to poll votes

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The AFL has determined the votes from the eight remaining matches from Round 14 will all count towards the 2015 Brownlow Medal.

Sunday afternoon's match between Adelaide and Geelong was cancelled yesterday in light of the tragic death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh with both teams to share two competition points.

However Gill McLachlan and the AFL determined the rest of the votes counted for the round will remain eligible, despite the Crows and Cats playing one less game than the rest of the competition.

"Players from Adelaide and Geelong will have one less match to poll votes, which is unprecedented," said AFL legal counsel Andrew Dillon.

"But it is the AFL's view this is the best outcome from the available options and it was not proper to cancel voting.

"The AFL has determined that all voting from the eight matches being played this round should be recognised for the individuals who poll, as they have the capacity to affect this year's result."

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Posted: 3 July, 2015

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Posted: 3 July, 2015

Adelaide Crows Still In Disbelief

Club chairman reflects on extremely traumatic day following Phil Walsh's death

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Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman has told Triple M’s Friday Rub that the club is still in disbelief following the tragic death of coach Phil Walsh. 

Chapman, CEO Andrew Fagan and head of football David Noble had the unenviable task of calling every Adelaide player in the early hours of Friday morning to inform them of Walsh’s passing. 

Chapman said they were hard calls to make and the players’ standard response was “utter disbelief”. 

 

“We were there (at the club) at four o’clock in the morning, we waited until about six o’clock and we rang the leadership team, a couple each, and they’re just hard calls to make,” Chapman said. 

“That was almost the standard response from everybody, it was they just couldn’t believe it, it was disbelief then it was shock, and then it (the question) was ‘what happened?’. 

“I think there’s still a bit of disbelief, she’s been a bit of a whirl today, it’s been 13-14 hours and not many of us have had time to really sit back and actually reflect on it, we’re sort of almost, almost on autopilot today. 

“We’ll do that over the coming days because there’s a lot of work to do.” 

Chapman told the Friday Rub that Walsh’s message was to always be authentic and look after each other. 

“It’s a message we’ve got to make sure all of your listeners get,” he said. 

“Speak to your mum and dad or your son or daughter tonight, your husband or wife and ask them if they’re okay. 

“Give them a hug because that’s what we’ve got to do, just wrap our arms around each other now.” 

While Adelaide’s game against Geelong on Sunday has been cancelled, Chapman said the Crows’ clash with West Coast at Domain Stadium next week was all but “locked in”.

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Posted: 3 July, 2015

Club Songs Scrapped To Honour Walsh

Measures implemented to honour late Crows coach at this weekend's games

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UPDATE

FULL STATEMENT

The AFL wishes to advise there will be changes to the normal match-day operations of AFL games this weekend, to mark the tragic death of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh.

 

The AFL appreciates the support and understanding of all its clubs in the changes that will occur at games this weekend.

 

Pre-Game

  • Players, Officials and Umpires to wear black armbands.
  • Usual match day club activities such as guards of honour for the team onto the ground, countdowns and pre-banner tracks will not proceed.
  • Banners and theme songs for team entry will not proceed.
  • A minute’s silence to take place at all matches.  A tribute video will be displayed on the scoreboard.

 

Breaks

  • Regular in-match club activities that have occurred at quarter time, half time and three quarter time activations will not proceed. 
  • Auskick will proceed as usual.

 

Post-Match

  • The winning theme song will not be played in venue post game.
  • Clubs have been asked to consider not to sing the theme song in the dressing rooms post match.
  • Scheduled post-match club activities will not proceed.

 

EARLIER

Neither Collingwood or Hawthorn will run through a banner before their match at the MCG on Friday night as a mark of respect for Phil Walsh who died earlier in the day. 

Players from both sides will wear black armbands in memory of the former Adelaide coach and a minute’s silence will also precede the game. 

Triple M’s Friday Rub will start an hour earlier at the special time of 5pm.

Fremantle have announced they have cancelled several pre- and post-game activities for their game against the Brisbane Lions at Domain Stadium on Sunday in the wake of Walsh’s death. 

“Planned Christmas in July celebrations have been postponed to a later date, and a moment’s silence will be held before the bounce out of respect to Walsh,” a statement on Fremantle’s website said. 

“There will be no 60-seconds-to-bounce countdown, playing of ‘TNT’, guard of honour for the players and pre- or post-match fireworks at Sunday’s game. 

“Should Fremantle win, there will be no team song after the game.”

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Posted: 3 July, 2015

Crows Match Cancelled As A Mark Of Respect To Phil Walsh

The AFL has decided the game on Sunday between Geelong and Adelaide will not go ahead as a mark of respect to Phil Walsh.

The AFL has decided that the game on Sunday between Geelong and Adelaide will not go ahead as a mark of respect to Phil Walsh.

This decision has the support of clubs, the Players Association. The premiership points will be split between the clubs, as per AFL rules.

Adelaide Crows Statement:

The Adelaide Football Club welcomes the AFL’s decision to abandon Sunday’s game against Geelong in the wake of the sad and sudden passing of Senior Coach Phil Walsh.

The Club’s sole focus at this point in time is the welfare of the Walsh family, our players, coaches and staff. Counselling and support services have and will continue to be available to those affected by this tragedy.

Crows Chairman Rob Chapman said football was secondary at this difficult time.

“Phil was a great bloke and the outpouring of support and condolences we’ve seen right across the country today is testament to his profound impact on the game over a long period of time,” Chapman said.

“In the tragic circumstances, the welfare of Meredith, her family and our people is paramount. Through these difficult days, the Adelaide Football Club family will stick together and support each other unconditionally.”

With Sunday’s game now cancelled, both Adelaide and Geelong will split the premiership points, receiving two points each.

“We believe the AFL has made the right decision for the football community,” Chapman said.

“We’d also like to thank the Geelong Football Club for their understanding and support of this decision.”

The Club’s scheduled SANFL game against South Adelaide on Saturday afternoon has been postponed until later in the season. The match will be rescheduled for Round 17 which is a split round.

Gillon McLachlan Statement:

Thank you all for coming.

Our game is in mourning today, and I speak for the whole of the AFL, our clubs, our players, our fans, and our staff in passing on our deepest sympathies to Phil Walsh’s family and friends. 

The sorrow and distress felt today touches many in our industry because Phil Walsh gave such a lot to our game. 

Phil made his debut in 1983 playing for the Collingwood football club. He played then for Richmond and the Brisbane Bears. 

In different roles, he coached at Geelong, Port Adelaide and West Coast. 

And of course he was the Adelaide Crows Senior Coach.  He was a man of boundless energy, enthusiasm and great intelligence. 

He was a part of the AFL family for at least 32 years, and there are not many words of comfort today for those who feel this terrible loss, in these most difficult of circumstances. 

To his family, we can only say that your loved father and husband is in all our hearts, and whatever support we can offer, we will. 

To the Adelaide Football Club, the AFL industry is with you, in thoughts and action today, offering all the support we can.

Today, I have spoken with many people in the industry, briefed all our club CEOs and Presidents, and the AFL Commission. 

There have been discussions about the game on Sunday and even about playing this round. 

We have decided that the game on Sunday between Geelong and Adelaide will not go ahead. 

This is a decision of the competition, as a mark of respect to Phil Walsh.

And it is our decision, because, 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 Adelaide Crows, or the Geelong Cats to play in these circumstances. 

This decision has the support of the clubs and the Players Association. 

The premiership points will be split between the two clubs, as per the AFL rules. 

We know that this decision impacts on a lot of people, including supporters and fans, including those who may have travelled or intend to travel. 

We are working closely with all our partners on these issues, and the AFL and Club websites will keep members and supporters updated on arrangements. 

The remaining 7 games from tonight will go ahead. 

We know that the usual fun and passion of our game will not be there, but we also know that our clubs, members and supporters will gather in a spirit of respectful mourning, and in support for the family and friends of a great football man, who is loved by so many.  

I want to finish by again offering the deepest sympathy to the Walsh family.

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