AFL 3 years ago

Grieving Crows glad to be playing again

  • Grieving Crows glad to be playing again

Interim Adelaide coach Scott Camporeale admits he doesn't know how long it will take for his players to move on from the death of Phil Walsh.

The Crows slumped to a 56-point loss to West Coast on Saturday night in their first match since Walsh died.

Adelaide players burst into tears after the match while they paid tribute to Walsh, with emotions still raw once they headed to the change rooms.

The Crows will be back in action next Sunday when they take on Port Adelaide in an emotion-charged showdown.

Camporeale said it was the great unknown as to how long it will take for the player group to move on from Walsh's tragic death.

"That's the million dollar question," he said.

"We've got 45 guys that have had different relationships with Phil, different emotions about the situation.

"But there comes a time when we need to move on.

"We need to keep getting better. We need to keep buying in as to what we're going to go after.

"We've still got a fair bit of work to do, and we understand that.

"We'll still be driving with the same vision that we set out at the start of the year."

Skipper Taylor Walker said the players were relieved to be able to play football again.

And defender Daniel Talia said the players were keen to honour Walsh by living up to the high standards he set.

"Footy's the game you love and you want to play. We're all here to do that, so we're going to do it together as a group," Talia said.

"What we've been through this week has just made it stronger.

"It's definitely good to get the first one out of the way, and we'll just keep things normal.

"Keep working hard, and keep doing the things that we learnt off Walshy in the short time we knew him."

The Crows led West Coast by 14 points after putting up a spirited showing in the first quarter.

But they were demolished in the second term as West Coast slammed through eight unanswered goals to set up the 22.15 (147) to 14.7 (91) victory.

The Crows fought back in the third term, and Camporeale was proud of how his charges responded.

"They probably could have thrown the towel and said it's too hard," Camporeale said.

"But Phil wouldn't have wanted that.

"He drives really hard standards, and us as a group and as a leadership group drive really hard standards.

"I couldn't have been prouder with the response in that third quarter, and that shows real resilience in this group."

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