Crows to honour Walsh death anniversary

Each Adelaide player will honour the anniversary of slain coach Phil Walsh in different ways, captain Taylor Walker says.

The Crows play Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday, one year after Walsh was allegedly murdered by his son during his first season as Adelaide’s head coach.

“A lot of water has gone under the bridge, obviously it’s 12 months since he passed away,” Walker told reporters on Monday.

“He left a massive footprint on the footy club and individuals lives so I’m sure individuals will treat it differently by themselves.

“But as a footy club we’re really happy with where we are at and have got a lot of memories out of it and look forward to, as he said, getting the job done. We’ll do it on Sunday.”

The Crows captain said Walsh was often in his thoughts.

“I had a great relationship with him so it’s probably fair to say I do think about him quite often,” he said.

“He was a great man, Phil.”

But Walker was reluctant to publicly expand.

“They are conversations that myself and Phil have had and, to be honest, I don’t really feel comfortable putting it out there so that is something I will hold to myself,” he said.

Walker said he would always be grateful to Walsh for appointing him as Adelaide’s captain.

“It’s something that I will cherish for the rest of my life, that he announced that I was captain,” he said.

And he said the death of Walsh had further galvanised Adelaide’s players.

“We are a pretty united group as it is, we have got a great culture here,” Walker said.

“And I think anything that is dramatic within footy clubs can unite and bring the group together and we have been able to do that.”

Walsh’s son Cy, 27, pleaded not guilty to murdering his father in the South Australian Supreme Court last February.

In an early appearance in the Adelaide Magistrates Court, the possibility was raised of Cy Walsh experiencing a drug-induced psychosis at the time of the alleged murder.

Phil Walsh died from multiple stab wounds and his wife Meredith was taken to hospital and treated for a leg injury after the alleged murder at their western beachside home.

Cy Walsh is due to reappear in the Supreme Court on July 29.

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