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Mark Duffield: Josh Kennedy amazing in farewell but West Coast Eagles fall short of fairy-tale win

Some would say that if Adelaide youngster Darcy Fogarty ends up being half as good as Josh Kennedy, he will do just fine in AFL football.

In round 21 of the 2022 AFL season, Kennedy’s 293rd and final game, half as many goals from Fogarty as Kennedy were just enough to get the beleaguered Crows a win and deny the Eagles champion a fairy-tale ending.

Fogarty kicked four goals, Kennedy kicked eight. But Fogarty booted three of his in the final term when the game went on the line to steer Adelaide to a 16.6 (102) to 13.8 (86) win and give Crows fans something other than the disastrous 2018 camp to talk about.

Two of those last-quarter goals were long bombs Kennedy would have been proud of.

At the other end, the Eagles veteran who had kicked superbly for the first three quarters, missed one he would normally swallow to give the Crows enough breathing space to get the win.

Josh Kennedy.
Camera IconJosh Kennedy. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Fogarty aside, Adelaide were brilliantly led by their own milestone man Rory Laird, who kicked two first-quarter goals to subdue a crowd of more than 50,000 and get the Crows rolling. Laird finished with 36 touches.

The Eagles were brilliantly served again by defender Tom Barrass, whose first half on Taylor Walker forced the Crows to re-shuffle their forward line and get Barrass out of the way. The burly left-footer finished with 10 marks and 15 disposals.

Nic Naitanui and Reilly O’Brien fought another titanic ruck battle but another one-quarter lapse, this time in the third, was the critical period of the game that cost the Eagles the win.

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