Adelaide Crows Thread

Mr. Sharky

Jun 11, 2014
Camporeale to coach, Worsfold joins nest

July 6, 2015 9:51 AM

The Adelaide Football Club has appointed Scott Camporeale as interim Senior Coach for the remainder of the season.

The Crows have also hired a Coaching Director with former West Coast premiership mentor John Worsfold taking on a full-time role in 2015. Camporeale, who has been at the Crows since 2011, served as Senior Assistant under Phil Walsh who sadly passed away on Friday.

The Club continues to offer counselling to its players, coaches and staff in the wake of the tragedy.

Crows Chief Executive Officer Andrew Fagan said Camporeale is a respected figure with an astute football brain.

“Nine months ago we set out on a journey with Phil Walsh at the helm,” Fagan said.

“We are all determined to continue pushing down that path, guided by his values of elite standards, hard work, attention to detail and a team-first attitude.

“Scott is well supported by David Teague, Darren Milburn and Matthew Clarke, and now John Worsfold adds further experience and insight.”

There was a need to add to the coaching panel following the shuffle of portfolios with Camporeale stepping up from overseeing the midfield.

Fagan approached Worsfold on Sunday.

“John is a premiership coach who already has an understanding of our football program given he was briefly here on Walshy’s invitation earlier this year,” he said.

“We are thrilled that he has agreed to join our Club for the remainder of this season.”

Mr. Sharky

Jun 11, 2014
Walsh's passion inspires Woosha

Katrina Gill July 7, 2015 3:31 PM

Newly-appointed Coaching Director John Worsfold says he wasn’t surprised to receive a phone call from Crows CEO Andrew Fagan on Sunday.

After coming to terms with the initial shock of Phil Walsh’s sudden passing, Worsfold put on his hat as the Chairman of the AFL Coaches Association Chairman.

He started thinking about the ramifications his friend and former colleague’s tragic death would have on the Adelaide Football Club and its coaching group, in particular.

Worsfold experienced the Crows coaches in action firsthand during the NAB Challenge when he spent two days at the Club at the invitation of Walsh, who he mentored and worked alongside for five years at West Coast. So, when Fagan called on the weekend asking for Worsfold’s assistance, the Eagles premiership coach didn’t hesitate.

“It’s not so much a sense of duty, but supporting a club that I had a good friend putting a lot of his passion into, getting this footy club to where he wants it to go,” Worsfold said on Tuesday.

“I spoke to ‘Walshy’ last week about how he was tracking, how he felt with the way the team was going and if he was sticking to the things he said he was going to do while he was here. We had talked about me coming back in the near future to spend another two-day period to reassess how he was going, and almost mark him on where he said he was going to be.

“Now, this is big picture. Adelaide has a pretty young and inexperienced coaching group, who had a very strong person in charge and leading them.

“They don’t have that now and I think I can offer some insight into what Phil would’ve been trying to achieve and how we would’ve gone about doing that.”

Worsfold’s role at West Lakes will evolve as needs arise, but his main priority is to support Interim Senior Coach Scott Camporeale, and the entire coaching and playing groups.

Worsfold, who will be based in Adelaide, will leave the coaching to Camporeale and instead focus on ensuring the Crows coaches and players are adhering to Walsh’s vision and values.

“There’s definitely been a mark put on this playing group in terms of the vision Phil had put in place,” he said.

“They (the players) talk the language and are very focused on how they want to go about it, and how they want to become a good team. It’s not my job to put that in place – that’s in place. I’ll just support the current coaching group on staying in line with that.

“I know some of the challenges Scott will face over the next 10 weeks. I’ll be a sounding board for him. I’m not here to give him the answers. I want Scott to be Scott Camporeale and coach his way.

“I know he’s also focused on maintaining the vision that Phil had begun here, but he’ll do it with his personality.”

Worsfold distanced himself from the Senior Coaching role at the Crows, or any other AFL club, and said he wouldn’t play a role in determining who the next coach should be.

His first task is to help prepare the Adelaide players and coaches for an emotion-charged clash with West Coast at Domain Stadium on Saturday night. Worsfold, who spent 25 years at the Eagles as either a player or coach, said it would be a difficult game for both clubs.

“I know the West Coast players were challenged last weekend, playing up in Darwin,” he said.

“I had contact with every player that had played at West Coast while Phil was there. If I wasn’t on the plane (to Adelaide) yesterday, I would’ve gone out to the Eagles and caught up with them personally.

“Right now, Adelaide has got to focus on the immediate, which is to get over to Perth and perform well for their supporters. As Walshy would say, put on a good show for the fans because that’s what it’s all about.

“These guys are professional athletes, footballers and they want to play. Let’s see where the season takes us.”

When asked what Walsh would want from his players this week, Worsfold had a wry smile.

“Elite standards, I’ve got no doubt Phil would be pushing that. He’d be pushing that it’s team-first, that’s the consistent message I’ve heard,” he said.

“I’ve got a gut feel he’d be telling them to win the ground balls and the probably the tackle count.”

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Mr. Sharky

Jun 11, 2014
Crows and fans fly as one as grieving club embraces Walsh’s team-first mantra

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  • July 08, 2015 1:50PM
ADELAIDE has returned with a vengeance to the track, bravely upholding late coach Phil Walsh’s team-first mantra.
It was a case of real club, real people as the sausages sizzles burned and fans turned out in droves as a footy club and its players came together.

The Crows hit the ground running 40 minutes before the expected 9.30am open training start at Football Park.

Around 1500 fans arrived to support their men in a remarkably crisp session given the circumstances.

On their way to the ground, fans ventured past a massive floral tribute outside Crows headquarters, adding to an eerie, though emotional feeling of camaraderie.

It was as if Phil Walsh’s spirit was watching down on his club as a sea of red, navy and yellow, worn by fans who had come from far and wide to pay their respects to their fallen coach, offer support and hope for the club’s future.

The session was arguably the Crows’ most vocal in recent times, with club leaders including veteran Scott Thompson a bastion of strength.

Patrick Dangerfield was operating at full tilt under the gaze of interim head coach Scott Camporeale, while Matthew Clarke had an expanded midfield role coaching role in addition to ruck duties.

Re-signed 2013 club champion Rory Sloane interacted and signed autographs with fans, unable to take part in the entire training session due to a fractured jaw.

Crows chief executive Andrew Fagan and club great Mark Bickley looked on as Walsh’s former disciples attempted to regroup and honour him in Saturday’s clash with West Coast in Perth.

Die-hard Crows fan Colleen Billows, 79, of Henley Beach, was among the leaders of a flock belting out a moving rendition of the Crows’ team song.

“Ready everyone!” she shouted.

“We’re the pride of South Australia, We’re the mighty Adelaide Crows. We’re courageous, stronger, faster. And respected by our foes ....”

The Silvestri family had come to training for the first time because today “was important”.

“We were compelled to come down with our boys ... we want to barrack and cheer for the boys,” father-of-two Peter Silvestri, 47, of Athelstone, said.

Despite the winter chill, friends Mitch Parker, 11, of Malvern, and Michael Slavotinek, 11, of Unley Park, were dressed in Crows guernseys and shorts to show their support.

“We wanted to come to show our respect for the team because of their loss of Phil Walsh,” Mitch said, adding he believed his club “would fight back” in memory of their coach.

Michael agreed. “This is going to be tough for them, but if they see a lot of people supporting them, they’ll feel stronger,” he said.

Greg Wright, 64, of Glandore, watched on from the sidelines with his wife, Jenni, 65.

“It’s a special occasion and it’s a time when the guys need all the support they can get,” he said.

“Hopefully they (the players) can turn their emotions into real energy.”

As training drew to an end, that initial eerie silence had turned into chatter and bursts of laughter.

There was a feeling of optimism for the weeks, months and years ahead.

Crows favourite Eddie Betts snapped a goal and the crowd erupted in applause.

A few minutes later, he grabbed the ball again and slot yet another freaky goal as fans clapped and cheered.

They are the fans who have rallied together. The fans who are Flying As One in their club’s darkest hour.

There’s no doubt Phil Walsh, if he was watching, would have been very proud.