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Crows to focus on Demons clash: Pyke

  • Crows to focus on Demons clash: Pyke

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: Richard Douglas of the Crows celebrates with Taylor Walker of the Crows after kicking a goal during the round 14 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Adelaide Oval on June 23, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Adelaide coach Don Pyke is confident his players have the strength and focus to get the job done against Melbourne on Sunday; a day that also marks a year since the tragic death of Phil Walsh.

The Crows will take a low-key approach to honouring Walsh, in accordance with the wishes of his family, and Pyke said his players would be able to separate that from the task at hand at the MCG.

"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."

Pyke has done an impressive job since being appointed late last year in unique circumstances.

He praised the resilience of the players at the time and said that strength was still evident.

"History says that after going through an event like that there is almost a personal growth development that happens within the group," Pyke said.

"It's difficult to really put a finger on it as to what that looks like, but there's is a certain resolve, a certain bond that exists between the players.

"Some of that is through playing football together and some of that is through experiences. Unfortunately, the events of last year happened, but that does create an opportunity for growth."

Walsh's son Cy was charged with his murder.

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