Rugby League has kicked AFL firmly in the behind.
Losing Cowboys skipper Gavin Cooper shamed Crows captain Tex Walker with a heart-felt and eloquent speech following his side’s loss to Melbourne in the NRL decider.
Cooper heaped praise on the Storm and their Big Three – Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith – as well as congratulating Melbourne mentor Craig Bellamy.
It was in stark contrast to Walker’s terse and ungracious speech after Adelaide was thrashed by Richmond in the AFL grand final the day before.
“I just want to congratulate Smithy, Bellyache (Bellamy), the whole Melbourne crew,” Cooper said.
“You were a cut above everyone this year (and) everyone should be very proud of what you’ve done and achieved.
“To Cooper Cronk and Bill — not sure what you’re doing (in 2018) but congrats on everything you’ve achieved in the game.
“You’ve made our game a better place for the last 10 years.”
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) October 1, 2017
Walker’s ‘speech’ lasted barely 20 seconds.
He said: “Firstly, congratulations Richmond. Too good.
“Thanks to the sponsors and sorry Crows fans we couldn’t get it done. Thank you very much for travelling. Thank you.”
— AFL on 7 (@7AFL) September 30, 2017
Fans were quick to point out the vast difference in the two speeches.
Someone should show this to Tex Walker. https://t.co/h8Q7T041em
— David Moore (@morteinmooie) October 1, 2017
Tex Walker should take note of the NRL speeches. Well done to the North Queensland captain on a great speech!
— Scott Harvey (@Scottyharvey71) October 1, 2017