Posted: 3 July, 2015
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.
The footy community is mourning over the tragic passing of Phil Walsh.
Adelaide Crows AFL coach Phil Walsh is dead after a domestic dispute at his home and his son has been arrested.