AFL news 2022: Neil Kerley dead in car accident, Knuckles, SANFL, West Adelaide, Adelaide Crows

The AFL world is in mourning after the shock and tragic death of a sadly deceased South Australian legend and Hall of Famer.

The South Australian football community is mourning the death of legend and Australian Football Hall of Famer Neil Kerley.

Kerley, a two-time SANFL Premier Coach and two-time Premier Captain-Coach, died when his vehicle crashed while towing a trailer on Wednesday afternoon.

He was 88 years old.

Kerley, born Donald Neil Kerley, played 265 games in the SANFL as a ruck/utility and coached 628 games.

The majority of his games as a player have been at West Adelaide where he has been four times better and fairer.

In some of his games for South Adelaide and Glenelg he was captain-coach in the 1960s.

Kerley, nicknamed Knuckles, King and Kerls, made 32 appearances for South Australia – including six times as captain, and finished his career as a member of the Australian Rules Football Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame. fame in South Australian football.

Kerley’s playing career spanned 17 years while his time as a manager spanned decades.

He is the only SANFL coach to win premierships at multiple clubs over three decades. He was also manager for the All Australian team.

Kerley was appointed director of football for the newly formed Adelaide Crows in 1991. Adelaide star rookie Mark Ricciuto laughed as he remembered the day Kerley wanted him to play for the Crows.

“Neil Kerley came to Waikerie,” Ricciuto recalled the story on Triple M.

“I had just turned 16 and my best friend ran into the locker room and said ‘Neil Kerley is here to watch you!’

“Curls rocks up, he’s got an esky full of beers, said to dad, ‘Where’s the boy playing today?’

“I was playing front pocket and Kerls said, ‘I didn’t come all the way to watch him play front pocket, put him in the middle.’

“So I played the front pocket and they got stuck in the beers, and after kicking my 10th Kerls said to dad, ‘Bring him to Adelaide next year I think ‘he’ll be fine’.”

Originally published as South African football legend Hall of Famer Neil Kerley dies in tragic car accident

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