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Thousands pay homage at Adelaide Oval

July 5, 2015 6:15 PM

Thousands of people paid their respects to Phil Walsh at Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon

Thousands of people paid their respects to Phil Walsh at Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon

Thousands have converged on Adelaide Oval to pay homage to the late Phil Walsh.

Walsh’s Crows were scheduled to host Geelong at the venue on Sunday afternoon, however the match was cancelled out of respect following the coach’s tragic passing on Friday morning.

People of all ages and all club allegiances made the journey to Adelaide Oval to remember the 55-year-old on the day he was due to coach his 13th game of AFL football. An estimated crowd of between 15-20,000 made their way to the Crows’ city home.

Many marched across the Riverbank footbridge in silence and added their own personal tributes to Walsh at a makeshift shrine on the Southern Plaza before entering the ground.

Thousands stood together for a minute’s silence before the siren sounded at 2.50pm – signalling what would’ve been the first bounce of the clash between the Crows and Cats.

The crowd was then allowed onto the ground for a kick and a catch, while another touching tribute was placed in the centre of the hallowed Adelaide Oval turf.

Meanwhile, the community continues to show its support for Walsh’s family, the Club and the wider football world at Adelaide’s West Lakes headquarters.

Scarves, guernseys, flowers and messages of remembrance cover the front of the Club’s Administration building and the players’ entrance.