AFL world melts over beautiful photo of Adelaide players' kids

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
A heartwarming image of Hugo Walker and Sonny Sloane posted after Adelaide's upset win over Geelong has warmed the hearts of Crows fans. Pictures: Twitter/Getty Images
A heartwarming image of Hugo Walker and Sonny Sloane posted after Adelaide's upset win over Geelong has warmed the hearts of Crows fans. Pictures: Twitter/Getty Images

Adelaide's surprise win over Geelong in the opening round of the 2021 AFL season was a sorely needed victory for Crows fans after a painful 2020 campaign, and nobody was happier about it than the team's two youngest fans.

The Crows posted a picture of an excited looking Hugo Walker and Sonny Sloane waiting for their fathers to come back to the rooms following their 15.13.103 to 13.13.91 victory over the Cats - melting the hearts of fans in the process.

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The image of the two boys together was a fitting representation of the bond shared by the elder Walker and Sloane, with both families having suffered the heartbreak of losing their first born.

Both Walker and Sloane took time away from the club they co-captained in 2018, after Walker and partner Ellie Brown mourned the loss of their unborn child, while Sloane and his wife Belinda's son Leo was stillborn later that year.

Each family has since welcomed siblings for Hugo and Sonny, with Louis Walker and Bohdi Leo Sloane born not far apart back in January this year.

The heartwarming picture of Hugo and Sonny after Saturday's win over Geelong had Crows fans in raptures.

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Rory and Belinda Sloane have been candid about their struggles, successes and grief after the loss of Leo, with the pair opening up about the process in the Amazon docu-series Making their Mark.

"It took me a couple of months and I remember I went for a surf and (it was) one of the most beautiful moments, and it reminded me of Leo," Rory said.

"This is a really happy moment reminding me of my son, and then I started realising you could grieve in a really positive way. I started to grieve by finding different, really nice moments in day to day life that made me think of Leo.

"We've got a beautiful boy, we'll certainly remember forever."

Adelaide spring massive upset over Geelong

Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks says his AFL players have delivered a healthy dose of belief with a shock 12-point win against Geelong.

In the first boilover of the season, last year's wooden-spooners stunned last year's beaten grand finalists with a 15.13 (103) to 13.13 (91) win at Adelaide Oval.

Spearhead Taylor Walker kicked five goals to inspire the unfancied Crows, who lost three players to injury.

"We had a few soldiers down early," Nicks said.

"For the boys to hang on and grit it out, I thought their intensity was the best I have seen.

"(But) we have got to be really careful. We have won round one, a great start for us.

"And it's going to give our players belief, our staff belief, our supporters and our members belief - and that is great.

"Now, we need to do it again."

Adelaide backman Jake Kelly was concussed in a collision with Geelong ace Patrick Dangerfield.

The pair, both at full throttle, clashed heads with Dangerfield certain to attract match review scrutiny.

"Sometimes players run into each other and there's a head clash," Cats coach Chris Scott said.

"To my eye, it looked like he (Dangerfield) was doing everything he could to protect himself and the other player."

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