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Crow ruins eagle’s great Kennedy farewell

Josh Kennedy has produced a bye game for a long time, but it wasn’t enough to stop the West Coast AFL’s 16-point loss to Adelaide at Optus Stadium.

Playing his 293rd and final game in the AFL, Kennedy posted a stunning 8.2 from 15 disposals on Sunday, giving his team hope for victory.

The 34-year-old had a chance to equalize with five minutes remaining, but his 35-metre set shot went just wide.

The Crows kicked two goals in the final minutes to seal the win by 16.6 (102) to 13.8 (86).

Kennedy fell to his knees at the final siren, and 50,117 fans burst into chants of “JK” shortly after, despite the disappointment of the loss.

Kennedy told the crowd after the game, “I can’t thank you all enough. You’ve given me so much in my career.

“The boys were feeding me quite a bit today. There were a lot of balls that weren’t supposed to come my way.”

Adelaide forward Darcy Fogerty was the villain with 3 goals in the final quarter and 4 goals in the match. Meanwhile, the 200-match milestone Rory Laird was impressive with 36 disposals, 10 clearances and 2 goals.

Kennedy’s success means he has moved past former St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt to 22nd on the all-time VFL/AFL goal kicking list.

Loud cheers erupted when the star forwards won the pre-match coin toss, but the Crows silenced the crowd within five minutes with their first three goals of the match.

The rest of the quarter was the Kennedy Show with elite goal kicks from West Coast greats.

Kennedy wowed the crowd with a 49-meter set shot from the perimeter.

And it was party time in the second half of the quarter when Kennedy scored two goals in two minutes. Both times he was from 50 m out, one of which he was from the boundary line.

With Kennedy’s heroic performance, the quarter-time margin was just three points, but West Coast scored a fourth in the second term to take an eight-point lead.

Adelaide fought back and the West Coast signs looked ominous, with the visitors extending their lead by 23 points in the third quarter.

Kennedy stepped up twice to stem the tide after a 25m set shot from 50m out with yet another bomb.

The veterans weren’t done yet and scored two more goals in the final semester to set up a finish in the grandstand.

But Kennedy’s rare second-half bruise proved to be the West Coast’s final shot, and Adelaide stabilized from there.

Adelaide defender Will Hamill was sent off in the second quarter with a concussion after picking up an accidental elbow from Jack Darling in a marking contest.

The Crows entered the match in damage control after the specter of the club’s ill-fated 2018 preseason camp resurfaced this week.

New revelations from Eddie Betts and Josh Jenkins have forced both Adelaide and the AFL to issue public and private apologies.

Crow ruins eagle’s great Kennedy farewell

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