On behalf of all SMJFL staff, officials and players, the South Metro Junior Football League passes on its deepest condolences to the Walsh family, friends and the Adelaide Crows Football Club, following the death of Phil Walsh.
May he rest in peace.
AFL football circles are in deep shock in the wake of the news.
Nathan Brown, former Richmond player and Nine Network commentator, said the death was shocking and would impact many AFL clubs.
“I’m shocked,” Brown told the Nine Network.
“At the moment beside myself that a lot of players are going to wake up today and be on their way to training and find out this news.
“He played for Collingwood, he played for Brisbane. He’s been at West Coast, he’s been at half the AFL clubs. This is going to touch so many people.”
Walsh was also a highly respected player who played 122 top-level games for Collingwood, Richmond and Brisbane.
Walsh had led the Crows to a 7-5 record this season after making the switch from cross-town rival Port Adelaide, where he served as an assistant in 2014 after returning to South Australia.
Walsh, from country Victoria, played 122 games in the AFL for Collingwood, Richmond and Brisbane, mostly as a wingman.
Supt Bray said the domestic incident was a tragedy.
“For any family, regardless of who it is, is one of the worst things that you could imagine that could happen to you,” he said.
“The only thing that is different with this is that he has a high profile. The pain and suffering of the family is no different.”
It is shocking to hear about the tragic death of Phil Walsh. The thoughts of everyone at the SMJFL are with his family, friends, loved ones, and all at Adelaide Crows Football Club. He was always respected and will never be forgotten