The “rat” has established himself on the wing for the Crows, but after helping out on the 5:30am shift at the local stables in 2015 when off injured, he now has post-playing ambitions to become a horse-trainer.
Otten debuted for the Crows in 2008, and has had reconstructions on each knee, in 2010 and 2014. His appearance in Round 1 this year was his first game of AFL footy in 960 days, and now he finds himself in an AFL grand final replacing the injured Mitch McGovern.
Club leader “Tex” Walker has had an interesting road to the captaincy. After some off-field discretions early in his career, by 2014 Walker was a star. At that time, he presented a list of teammates that he thought should be captain to former coach Phil Walsh — who was tragically murdered in 2015 — only for Walsh to ask him, “why not you?”.
Greenwood has a basketball background, moving to the US to play college hoops in 2011. He didn’t debut at AFL level until May this year and immediately impressed. Greenwood is devoutly Christian and before each game he prays by the side of the field.
The Crouch brothers
Brad and Matt Crouch combine to form the engine of the Crows’ midfield. Brad was drafted number 2 but had a slower start to his career than the younger Matt (drafted 23rd), but now both players have hit their straps. Where last year the Crows midfield was a weakness, the rise of the Crouch brothers has given the team a huge lift.
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