“Our game is in mourning today, and I speak for the whole the AFL, our clubs, our players, and our staff in passing our deepest sympathies to Phil Walsh’s family and friends.”“He was a man of boundless energy, enthusiasm, and great intelligence.”
Despite speculation that the AFL could potentially postpone the full remainder of the round, the AFL decided to cancel the Crows/Cats game in total, with the 4 Premiership Points to be split between the clubs.
“Today, I have spoken with many people in the industry, briefed all our club CEOs, and the commission.”“We have decided that the game on Sunday between Adelaide and Geelong will not go ahead. This is a decision of the competition in a mark of respect for Phil Walsh.”“We are strongly of the view that it is not fair to ask the young men of the Adelaide and Geelong football clubs to play under these circumstances.”“The Premiership Points will be split between the two clubs, as per the AFL rules.”
McLachlan further stated that the remaining seven games of Round 14 will go ahead as scheduled, beginning with tonight’s clash between Collingwood and Hawthorn at the MCG.
“The remaining seven games will go ahead starting tonight. We know the usual passion and fun will not be there. But we know that the clubs will join us in paying respect [to Phil.]”
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) July 3, 2015
Elsewhere, the footy world has been in a state of shock and mourning since news broke earlier today. Players, coaches, and media figures have taken to social media to express their shock and grief.
What a tragedy. A great man lost. Thoughts and prayers are with his family. #RIPPhilWalsh
— Alan Richardson (@AlanRichardson) July 2, 2015
So sad to hear of Phil Walshs death. No sense to it. We are all flesh and blood. Love each other. Thoughts with all family and friends.
— Nathan Buckley (@ncb_cfc) July 2, 2015
On behalf of everyone at our Club, thank you for all the support and messages of love and support pic.twitter.com/WHAtUmYrhH
— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) July 3, 2015
This from the great man on the day I retired. Advice I’ll take with me forever. pic.twitter.com/GRw11O2Gfb
— Kane Cornes (@kanecornes) July 3, 2015
— Michael Voss (@voss03) July 2, 2015
The entire @PAFC family is in mourning at the news of Phil’s death. He touched the lives of so many during his 10 years with us. Just so sad
— david koch (@kochie_online) July 3, 2015
Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Phil Walsh’s family and friends, and all at @Adelaide_FC at this tragic time. Rest in Peace.
— Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) July 2, 2015
— Alissa Smith (@MissAlissaSmith) July 2, 2015
“In times of adversity is when a true team stands up and comes together” – Phil Walsh. Love you mate.
— Rory Atkins (@RoryAtkins21) July 3, 2015
What a tragedy, in shock. Rest in peace Walshy. Thoughts are with his family at this time
— Shaun Burgoyne (@ShaunBurgoyne9) July 2, 2015
Heart broken. My mentor and my mate #RIPWalshy
— Dom Cassisi (@DomCassisi) July 3, 2015
R.I.P Phil Walsh – such a terrible tragedy
— Warren Tredrea (@warrentredrea) July 2, 2015
Don’t know what to say. Thoughts are with everyone at @Adelaide_FC
— Shaun McKernan (@shaunmck44) July 2, 2015
Absolotely gut wrenching news to wake up to. He was a very good man. #RIPmate
— Dan Hannebery (@DHannebery) July 2, 2015
— Anika (@Anikaa21) July 3, 2015
— Nine News Adelaide (@9NewsAdel) July 3, 2015
— renny (@rennyesca) July 3, 2015
— FIVEaa (@1395FIVEaa) July 3, 2015
— Sean Thurbon (@the_thurbonator) July 3, 2015
— #KS (@_bourbontime) July 3, 2015
— Jack Plant (@J_Planty) July 3, 2015
Photo: Daniel Kalisz via Getty Images.