- Apr 12, 2014
Yes, we did win the PREMIERSHIP mate, yet I struggle with what some people think is acceptable. I respect your advocacy for Walker and I hope you see that I am doing the same for the minority and the fringe member Lever.Go easy here. We won the PREMIERSHIP. Tex Walker is not a (whatever you called him). He's a top bloke (Norwood FC supporter) and a good footballer. He sees it the way the Crows supporters saw it. If Vlastuin told the club he was leaving pre-Grand Final I don't think we'd like him for planning to leave either. I'm sure a few of the players would be confused too. Jake Lever was a little selfish for making it known that he was leaving pre-Grand Final. The club should have waited until after the Grand Final before officially asking Jake Lever what his plans were. The broken club unity leading into a Grand Final that an exiting Jake Lever brought to the Crows moral was selfish. I'll stand up for the big Texan (well held by Astbury on September 30 - that's the main thing). He is the captain of the club that has had to weather the storm of MANY talented players exiting. Dangerfield, Gunston, Davis . . .
No 'top blokes' carry on the way he has. His ego has been significantly checked in the past month and perhaps this will lead to a rebalancing in the man, possibly a level of humility and the capacity to reflect.
I reckon the Adelaide football bubble would be similar to Melbourne and I think that some players can start to believe their own hype. Weather what storm - because of players leaving? You can't make anybody do anything. To try to intimidate (allegedly) and ostracise one of their 'valued' players because he wasn't in line with what they wanted is a joke! It will come back to bite them as i would suggest that people will think twice before considering going there.
Part of the reason everyone loves Dusty, he is humble, cares about the people around him, accepts others for who they are and walks his own path. Nobody is suggesting that Tex wouldn't be disappointed, but the forementioned behaviours provide a very poor message of the AFC and Walker.
The measure of the man will be in how he comes back from a very ordinary period and how he puts in practice what he has learned from his mistakes. We will see, but he could take a lesson in A-grade humility and vulnerability exhibited by D Hardwick this year.