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BCD: Crows conquer the world

Brad Crouch and Taylor Walker get behind the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium
Brad Crouch and Taylor Walker get behind the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium

The players continue to make the most of their break away from the Club, travelling far and wide in the offseason holiday period.

After helping rebuild a kindergarten in cyclone-ravaged Fiji, Eddie Betts and his family have jetted off to enjoy the sights and sounds of Europe.

The Betts tour began in Italy, where the family visited several historic icons of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum Amphitheatre and Trevi Fountain.

Betts’ eldest son Lewis also got a special treat on his fourth birthday while overseas, trekking across the 215-metre Ponte Sospeso Delle Ferriere swing bridge in the rugged northern ranges of the country. Eddie’s wife Anna needed a little bit of encouragement though!

The family then skipped across the Ligurian Sea to the exclusive coastal principality of Monaco, soaking up the picturesque Monte Carlo harbour.

Like Betts, Jake Lever was also part of the Crows contingent in Fiji. The young defender is now holidaying in Bali and enjoyed the thrills (and spills!) of Waterbom Park in Kuta alongside younger brother Tyson.

Bali is always a popular spot in the offseason. A host of Crows including Andy Otten, Reilly O’Brien, Alex Keath, Dean Gore, Harry Dear, Riley Knight, Mitch McGovern, Tom Doedee, Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Harrison Wigg all soaked up the sun, sand and surf in the Indonesian hotspot.


Best mates Taylor Walker and Brad Crouch arrived in America after flying through Hong Kong. The former housemates kicked back on the east coast in New York, touring Times Square before catching a game of NFL at MetLife Stadium to see the New York Jets in action.

The pair crossed paths with former teammate Bernie Vince at a NBA clash between the LA Lakers and Golden State Warriors, then got their NHL fix at Manhattan mecca Madison Square Garden.

The duo completed their USA tour on the west coast, with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco among the highlights.

US sports fanatic Josh Jenkins continues to live his dream with partner Hannah in the States. Like Walker and Crouch, the couple also crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran and even soaked up the sunshine of Miami on jet skis.

It goes without saying that there were also plenty of NFL games on JJ’s schedule. Jenkins and fellow American sports nut Tom Lynch even got the chance to meet Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Rory Atkins is another Crow cruising through the US. Aside from attending multiple NBA, NFL, and Major League Baseball matches, Atkins visited the iconic Statue of Liberty in New York and met up with former teammate Sam Kerridge.


Newlyweds Rory and Belinda Sloane are honeymooning in America, with New York once again the destination of choice.

The Sloanes swapped the Sherrin for a golf club at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River as part of their fun-filled adventure.

Matt Crouch and partner Ellie are continuing their whirlwind European tour. The couple started in France and visited Big Ben in London, with Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rome also on their itinerary.

Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Wayne Milera Junior both helped coordinate the highly successful McLeod Challenge in Alice Springs, before Ellis-Yolmen set off to meet up with returning hero Hugh Greenwood in Albuquerque, New Mexico - the home of Greenwood's former Lobos basketball team.


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