On the biggest day of the football year, the 2017 AFL Grand Final, Riley Knight and the Adelaide Crows had a game to forget.
After quarter time, the Crows were trounced by the Richmond Tigers and the minor premiers endured the injustice of being tagged as grand final bridesmaids.
After going into the game as heavy favourites, Knight personally was a solid contributor without having an outstanding day.
Adelaide lost the game 8.12 (60) to the rampant Tigers’ 16.12 (108), going down by a significant eight-goal margin.
Sadly the Crows missed a big opportunity to grab a third AFL flag.
The Crows struggled with the pressure and intensity that the Richmond side delivered on the day.
Knight finished with nine disposals, five marks, three tackles and a behind.
JACK’S SPECIAL ACCOLADES
In just his first season of senior football, BSR football export Jack Hayes was given a special reward for his performances with the Eagles.
He won the Jamie Tape “Player’s player” of the year award.
The significance of this accolade is that it is voted on by his peers, suggesting what his teammates appreciated of Jack’s performances as a marking forward and a second ruck.
FLAG FOR FORREST
A stalwart of the Mintaro-Manoora football club for a number of years and a former premiership player at the club, this year Nathan Forrest played for the East Gambier Football Club in the Western Border League and enjoyed a premiership alongside former Eagles recruit and Port Adelaide league footballer Matt Scanlon.
The East Gambier Bulldogs won the title with a strong performance by 37 points, kicking five goals to one by half time and winning – 10.13 (73) to 4.12 (36) – on Saturday, September 23, at the Island Park Reserve, Casterton.
Forrest played in 16 games this season and was among the best players on four times. He is expected to return to the Eagles in 2018.
O’DEA OFF TO OUTBACKS
Pekina champion batsman Brodie O’Dea has been invited to play in the 2018 selection trials for the Outbacks.
The SA Outbacks, with the likes of high profile players Boh Wall, Ben Smith and Andrew Frick retiring in the past couple of seasons, are going through generational change under the tutelage of Paul Pasculli.
The Outbacks have two trials this weekend. The first is against West Torrens starting at 10.30am, this Saturday at Henley High School Oval, and a second game is on Sunday against Tea Tree Gully, starting at 10am at the Park 25 Number three ground.