AFL clubs, players and fans have taken to Twitter to express shock and sadness at the death of Adelaide Crows coach Phillip Walsh.
Phil Walsh was the top trending term in Australia in the peak social media period this morning, with almost 7000 tweets between 8.30 and 9.30am.
The Australian media, sporting fraternity and ordinary Australians posted their thoughts on Walsh the coach, player and man. People likened the shock of waking to the news to last year’s tragic death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
Walsh’s death followed a domestic dispute at his Adelaide home early this morning. Ironically the hashtag #familyviolence was the third top-trending term this morning.
Tributes are expected to continue throughout the day, with fans leaving flowers at the entrance to the Crows’ headquarters at West Lakes, where players converged.
The team was scheduled to play Geelong on Sunday afternoon but AFL HQ announced this afternoon that the match will not take place.