Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

WALKING ON SUNSHINE; Carlton's Walker Claims a Cracker as Craig Walks Away from Crows

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

WALKING ON SUNSHINE; Carlton's Walker Claims a Cracker as Craig Walks Away from Crows

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Byline: afl hall of famer, john rantall sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THIS week another coach has fallen by the wayside, with Adelaide and Neil Craig parting ways after seven years.

It's a pretty sad state of affairs when it happens but you have to say that Adelaide gave Craig every opportunity to turn the club's fortunes around.

However, once you've lost the playing group that's it, and Craig had obviously lost the playing group.

Craig wasn't getting the best out of the players and that was clear on Friday night, when the Crows could manage to kick only three goals under a closed roof.

Craig wasn't getting the message through to the players and it had gone on for long enough.

Congratulations to him though, for having the guts to stand up and say aI'll walka.

The effect on the playing group when this occurs is a mixed one, as there are some players who are happy to see the coach go but there are others who are very loyal to the coach.

A coach has a fairly intimate relationship with his players and they will feel it at the Crows, as a lot of the players have been with Craig since they were only 18 years old and are fairly attached.

Air Walker

HOW good was the ahangera taken by Carlton's Andrew Walker on Saturday night?

That is as good a mark as I have seen.

Walker was up so high that he took the mark on his chest. About the only thing that he could've done better, if possible, was to mark it with outstretched hands.

When you compare it to the famous mark taken by Alex Jesaulenko, I'm not sure it is as good. For pure athleticism Jezza's mark is hard to beat but Walker's hanger has to be right up there with the best.

Let's hope there are more to come.

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