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Crows honour Walsh in low-key approach

  • Crows honour Walsh in low-key approach

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 11: Crows players line up for a moments silence to pay respect to their coach Phil Walsh during the round 15 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Adelaide Crows at Domain Stadium on July 11, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Adelaide will adopt a low-profile approach as they commemorate the life of AFL coach Phil Walsh on the first anniversary of his death.

The Crows will play Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday - a year to the day since Walsh's death.

The club will honour Walsh privately, in accordance with the wishes of his family.

"I think the club has addressed that in terms of trying to respect the wishes of Meredith Walsh and the family in terms of a low-key approach towards a day of some reflection," Don Pyke told reporters on Wednesday.

"That is how we're going to approach it.

"It's another opportunity to reflect ... and it's not just the players - it's the staff and the club in general.

"We'll take a low-key approach."

Pyke acknowledged the unique set of circumstances he came into when he was appointed late last year as Walsh's successor.

He marvelled at the resilience of the players and club staff at the time and is confident Sunday will be no different.

"We've spoken to the group; the group's obviously aware of the significance of the day," Pyke said.

"They'll deal with it all differently, and they're aware that there's support for those who need some support.

"But the group's also in a head space that they're playing some really good, positive footy and they're looking forward to continuing that on Sunday."

Walsh's son Cy was charged with his murder.

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