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Crows coach Walsh ahead of his time

Written By malwan milad on Rabu, 08 Oktober 2014 | 14.58

The Adelaide Crows have unveiled Phil Walsh as their new head coach, with the former Port Adelaide assistant coach signing a three year deal.

New Adelaide coach Phil Walsh at the press conference on Tuesday with CEO Andrew Fagan. PHOTO SARAH REED Source: News Limited

Port Adelaide's players knew 10 years ago that Phil Walsh was a coach waiting to be untapped, even though Walsh stubbornly kept saying the No. 1 role was not for him.

It took until two life-threatening, and life-changing, events for Walsh to reconsider his lot in the football world.

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The first was when he was close to losing his life after being hit by a bus when on holidays on Peru in 2012, the second the death of close mate Dean Bailey to cancer.

Walsh reflected on his change of mind yesterday, when unveiled as Adelaide's senior coach, only days after Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas had spoken of his surprise that Walsh was in the running. Walsh had never seemed interested in taking a senior job.

Adelaide's new senior coach Phil Walsh. PHOTO SARAH REED Source: News Limited

But as those who have known him from his days at Geelong, Port Adelaide, West Coast and then Port Adelaide again can attest, Walsh has both mellowed and become more single-minded over the years.

He is still as firm in his beliefs — arguably more so than ever — but he has tempered and harnessed his passion since he and Mark Williams had a fruitful but famously volatile partnership at Alberton leading up to the 2004 premiership.

But there's been a change in Walsh, however subtle.

"I've had a few moments, particularly over the past 12 months,'' he said. ``I don't want to go into them privately too much but I will share with people I just got a text message from Caron Bailey.

"It made me quite emotional. She said, `Dean would have a bit of a giggle about this,' and it really did resonate with me. I got a little bit of a warm heart about it.

"But I suppose I took myself out of my own journey and thought, anyone who's done what I've done probably deserves to be a senior coach.

"I'm 54 years old and it's probably not going to come around again. I tell my kids to chase their dreams, so I probably don't want to look back at 70 years old and think what might have been. So here I am.''

Phil Walsh at the press conference on Tuesday with new CEO Andrew Fagan. PHOTO SARAH REED Source: News Limited

Premiership full-back Darryl Wakelin could see the qualities of a senior coach in Walsh both as a player under the Williams-Walsh era and as a board member after his playing days.

Wakelin was also witness to Walsh's and Williams' tireless work ethic.

The pair would hound official AFL statisticians Champion Data with detailed requests no other club had thought of at the time, and also had their own in-house compilations of statistics.

On top of the list were score sources: whether ether teams kicked goals from stoppages, turnovers, kick-outs — and from where the goals were generated.

Walsh used terminology back then that have only crept into common football analysis over the past two or three years,.

"He (Walsh) was just a master tactician as the game evolved,'' Wakelin recalled. ``He was just ahead of his time.

"When he went to West Coast, he had a huge influence as well. John Worsfold was a very good one-on-one coach and Walsh complemented him and was a big part of how they rose up the ladder.''

Wakelin also recalled the discussions between Walsh and Dean Bailey, both of whom were fans of international sport and sought ways to find ideas from the National Football League in the US.

Taylor Walker at the press conference. PHOTO SARAH REED Source: News Limited

Walsh had an enormous thirst for knowledge and a challenge, traits that he will now bring to West Lakes.

It did not surprise Wakelin to see Walsh finally accept his calling.

"He had all the qualities for it, always did,'' Wakelin said. ``He obviously used to say that it was not for him, but sometimes it's all about timing — about the right time and the right place.

"But he's obviously seen some potential in their (Adelaide's) list.

"From my understanding, he's softened a bit since his experience in Peru, but there will be some non-negotiables in his coaching and work ethic will be the foundation.

"He'll want strong characters around him, who make the club and football their priority.

"He's very disciplined and with him as a coach, you certainly knew where you stood.''

The thing that stands out about Walsh is his ability to instil confidence. Wakelin put it well.

"He gave you a huge amount of confidence in the tactics going into the game, in the specifics and how it was going to work.''

Adelaide is set to name Phil Walsh as their new coach, after David Koch, chairman of cross town rivals Port Adelaide, confirmed the club was losing its assistant coach to nthe Crows.

HOW WALSH WON THE JOB

AS THE coaching panel at West Lakes began its search for a new coach, a blank piece of paper was brought out and those in attendance began writing down potential candidates.

The panel — made up by board members Mark Ricciuto and Andrew Payze, football chief David Noble, new club chief executive Andrew Fagan and development coach Alan Stewart- would later whittle down the list to a final four, but to begin with it was brain storming.

There were an excess of 60 AFL assistant coaches that could be considered, more if development coaches were considered.

The piece of paper was filled quickly.

Club chairman Rob Chapman, who attended that first meeting, said Phil Walsh's name was one of the first to be jotted down. Much of it was because of his reputation in the industry. Much of it was because of the high regard in which he was held by the late Dean Bailey, who was one of his best mates and an Adelaide senior assistant coach.

The Crows powerbrokers regularly ran into Walsh when visiting Bailey in hospital during his battle with cancer. Under their noses were one of the most experienced football people working in Adelaide, but also one with impeccable values and loyalty.

Walsh had played with three clubs: Collingwood, Richmond and Brisbane. He had also been working as a fitness coach at Geelong, an assistant at Port Adelaide and West Coast and then at Port Adelaide again.

When he met with the Crows, informally at first, he impressed them immediately.

Those who have played under a coaching structure which includes Walsh talk about his ability to convince the players the club's game plan is water proof.

Chapman said the same confidence and conviction had moved the coaching panel similarly.

"He impressed straight away,'' Chapman said. "We could not be happier.

"And all of our feedback, or due diligence, say the same thing. The consistent message is that he's one of the best tacticians in the game.

"What good coaches do is instil confidence, and he does that.''

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Dept of Trades: Suns out of Beams race

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Walsh presents clear flight path

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Christensen seeks trade to Suns or Lions

Geelong's Allen Christensen has become the latest player to request a trade to a Queensland club, with both Brisbane and Gold Coast expressing interest in the 2011 premiership player.

Allen Christensen could leave Geelong for one of the two Brisbane clubs. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: News Corp Australia

GEELONG wants a first-round draft pick in exchange for the shock departure of star midfielder Allen Christensen.

The 23-year-old dropped the biggest bombshell of this year's trade period requesting a trade to a Queensland club for personal reasons.

The Herald Sun understands the 2011 premiership player has experienced some relationship problems that has prompted his desire to move interstate.

In an added worry, Western Bulldogs have also made a lucrative offer to premiership Geelong key defender Tom Lonergan.

Sources said the deal was worth as much as $1.2 million over three years.

Lonergan, 30, is contracted at Geelong next season but has close ties with Dogs' coach and former Cats' assistant Brendan McCartney.

Geelong officials have been aware of the issues facing Christensen but have not ruled out trying to keep him at the club next season.

Speedster Travis Varcoe was also exploring a possible move to Collingwood, North Melbourne or West Coast, but may be retained at Geelong to help offset the loss of Christensen.

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Alternatively, the loss of the duo could create salary cap space for the Cats to chase contracted Adelaide superstar Patrick Dangerfield.

But the Crows are adamant they will keep him until at least the end of his contract next season.

Gold Coast, which had picks No. 8 and No. 15, is in the box seat to land Christensen.

Christensen has been troubled by a back injury in recent years. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: News Corp Australia

However, Brisbane, which has picks No. 5 and No. 25 and up-for-grabs key defender Daniel Merrett, has also expressed interest in the Cat.

Both clubs have held preliminary talks with Christensen's manager, Tim Hazell, about a move north.

Hazell said Christensen "feels that at 23 he wants a fresh start to his football elsewhere".

"We will work through this process with the club in the hope of securing an outcome satisfactory to both parties," Hazell said.

Geelong has made clear to rivals it would only entertain offers including a first-round draft selection, or quality senior player.

Gold Coast's pick No. 15 was considered the most likely option for a straight swap yesterday. That pick was originally received by Geelong in 2012 as compensation for the loss of Gary Ablett.

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Geelong released a brief statement yesterday, confirming Christensen has expressed a desire to continue his career elsewhere " due to non-football reasons.

Some rivals remain wary the 65-gamer's persistent back injuries -which has twice required surgery, delaying his start to this season — could restrict his career.

Brisbane chief executive Gregg Swann told the Herald Sun the club could accommodate Christensen and Collingwood's Dayne Beams in its salary cap.

"It's very early days. (But) if he wanted to come this way we'd be very, very interested in him," Swann told AFL Trade Radio.

"We've got a little bit of work to do. But on the surface, he's a seriously good player and we'd love to have him if everything works out."

Christensen is one of Geelong's important players. He ranked third at the club for average contested possessions (10 a game) and clearances (4) in his eight games this season.

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Round 23 Barometer: Will Heppell play?

Written By malwan milad on Senin, 25 Agustus 2014 | 14.57

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Schulz bags eight, Port boosts percentage

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Crows fall short in a thriller

Umpires will again be a hot topic in the AFL after Ben Howlett's controversial goal for Essendon

THE roller-coaster ride continues for the Adelaide Football Club.

Brenton Sanderson's outfit last night blew a golden opportunity to win consecutive games for the first time since rounds four to six, crashing to a nine-point defeat to under siege Essendon at Etihad Stadium.

The loss means the frustratingly inconsistently Crows have followed a win with a loss for the past seven matches, leaving their finals hopes hanging by a thread.

This one hurts the most.

The upset result sees Adelaide again falling behind in the win-loss ledger, at 6-7. It has not been in front in the win column all season.

If North Melbourne beats Melbourne tonight, the Crows will be two games out of the top eight, leaving them with a mountain to climb to force their way into playing in September.

Adelaide last night didn't come to play and paid a heavy price. In an inexcusable start, the Crows conceded six of the first seven goals to quickly fall 33 points behind.

They never completely recovered.

Crow Tex Walker provided a spark up forward. Picture: Michael Klein

Adelaide fought back strongly in the second half and drew within nine points early in the final term but it could never gets its noses in front.

The Crows had their chances in the dying stages but Taylor Walker dropped a simple mark, Daniel Talia missed a kick and Patrick Dangerfield turned over a handball, blowing any chance they had of a famous comeback win.

Adelaide — playing Essendon in Melbourne for the first time in five years — came with a plan to shut down the Bombers' uncontested style of game.

At the start of the round, the Dons were ranked No. 1 in the competition in uncontested possessions, uncontested marks and short kicks.

The Crows stationed Brodie Martin and Matthew Wright as forward line taggers on Essendon defensive playmakers Michael Hibberd and Courtenay Dempsey while the Bombers tried to nullify Adelaide running backman Brodie Smith.

The task of stopping him fell to Heath Hocking.

Adelaide super stopper Sam Kerridge lined up in the middle on Essendon ball magnet Dyson Heppell.

Patrick Dangerfield looked to be struggling with a thigh problem. Picture: Michael Klein

But any plans the Crows had early were blown out of the water by their lethargic attitude.

They clearly did not come to play and were chasing their tails as soon as Brendon Goddard won the first clearance and sent a long bomb inside 50 which was marked by Hocking.

Hocking goaled and Essendon had a second on the board — through a Paddy Ryder snap after an errant handball from Scott Thompson — while Adelaide had managed just two disposals.

Far from building slowly from the backline, the Dons were playing fast, direct footy and the visitors had no answer, falling three goals behind after five minutes when Brent Stanton was inexplicably left free 50m from goal and he kicked truly on the run.

Former Bomber Josh Jenkins booted the Crows' first goal after nine minutes but he couldn't steady the ship.

Essendon — dominating the clearances — continued to run hard and kick straight.

A week after booting a woeful 10.17 in a one-point defeat to Melbourne, it kicked seven goals without a miss in the opening term to break to a 33-point lead after just 22 minutes.

Crows star Eddie Betts reacts to the loss. Picture: Michael Klein

Adelaide huffed and puffed late in the term and drew to within 18 points early in the second.

But its inside 50 entries were scrappy, it missed goals and continued to turn the ball over at half-forward.

This allowed Essendon the chance to set up its run-and-gun breaks from the back half and hurt the Crows on the scoreboard at the other end. Adelaide found some momentum late in the third quarter after a brilliant goal from Jenkins when he took the ball from the centre bounce, tucked the ball under his arm and kicked a long bomb from 65m.

The Crows booted four goals in succession before the final change to reduce the deficit from 36 points to 15 points but ultimately they left their run too late.

Adelaide forward James Podsiadly leads the Crows from Etihad Stadium. Picture: Getty


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