It was a beautiful and moving moment at the conclusion of Port’s gritty win over Collingwood on Thursday night: players gathered around the centre square, the stadium darkened with the lights turned off, while the screens played homage to Phil Walsh. Thousands of phones raised as lanterns in salute to the club’s former assistant coach was a stirring sight.
In all my years of following Port Adelaide, I have never witnessed such an emotional footy event.
This was an important tribute. The senseless sadness of the past week has, appropriately, focused on the Adelaide Crows. But it’s a testament to this man that the impact of the tragedy runs far wider, affecting the whole football community and beyond, and the Power in particular.
Walsh spent a total of 11 years at the club, and was a central figure…
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