Adelaide Crows star Eddie Betts has impressed AFL fans with a classy act during Adelaide’s season-ending loss to GWS.
The electric Crows forward stepped up to check on the health of veteran Giants defender Heath Shaw who injured his knee in the fourth quarter of the game.
Shaw went down midway through the final quarter and was taken from Manuka Oval on a medicab in a seriously concerning sign for the 32-year-old.
However the stressful moments were made slightly more bearable thanks to the thoughtful act from Betts, who walked over to the medicab to share a few comforting words to his rival.
Betts and Shaw also shared a respectful handshake.
Footy fans took plenty of notice, praising the Crows veteran for his ‘classy’ act.
Eddie Betts going over to Heath Shaw is exactly why I love that man. And exactly why I want him of all players to win a flag. He's so good for our game, it's time for the game to repay him. Wish Shaw all the best. @Adelaide_FC @GWSGIANTS #aflgiantscrows
— Jayde Mills (@jaydeskittle) August 11, 2018
cool in a brutal combative game that Eddie Betts who’s not just a star of a player but more importantly a person had the class to check in on Heath Shaw with his injury! #ClassIsClass #RespectIsRespect
— Craig Lambert (@lambose4) August 11, 2018
— Shelley Ware (@ShelleyWare) August 11, 2018
Eddie betts is probably the classiest player in the afl #AFLGiantsCrows
— DAMIAN CHANDLER (@damochandler) August 11, 2018
Eddie Betts is so kind to wish Heath Shaw all the best before he left the ground. As always, all class. #AFLGiantsCrows ❤️
— Georgia Love (@GeorgiaLove71) August 11, 2018
— Dean McKinnon (@deano_mck05) August 11, 2018
Eddie Betts, all class, all of the time #AFLGIANTSCrows
— Julie Stoddart (@JulieStoddart) August 11, 2018
Injury-hit GSW consolidate their spot
An injury-hit GWS have consolidated their spot in the AFL top-four while ending Adelaide’s season in Canberra by 14 points.
The Giants’ 13th victory of the season was hard-fought as the Crows’ slim finals hopes were on the line, but Leon Cameron’s held on to win 15.16 (106) to 13.14 (92).
But GWS’ cursed run with injury has continued as veteran defender Heath Shaw (knee), All-Australian midfielder Josh Kelly (concussion) and Sam Reid (hamstring) all failed to see out the match.
Kelly was knocked out after a heavy tackle from Crows’ skipper Taylor Walker in the third quarter that is certain to draw attention from the match review officer.
But Shaw’s injury appears to be the worst of the lot.
Shaw went down midway through the final quarter and was taken from Manuka Oval on a medicab in a concerning sign for the 32-year-old.
Despite being down to one fit player on the bench, GWS were able to hold out a determined Crows team, desperate to avoid missing the top-eight following a grand final appearance last year.
Nothing separated the sides in the first half, but a Jacob Hopper goal just before three-quarter time saw the Giants take an 11-point lead into the final change.
After a tense final term, Hopper again popped up to kick the sealer with five minutes to go, taking the Giants to a 21-point lead.
Former No.1 draft pick Lachie Whitfield (30 possessions) and co-captain Callan Ward were shining lights for the Giants, while Jeremy Cameron, Harry Himmelberg, Aiden Bonar, Stephen Coniglio and Hopper booted two goals each.
A major positive for the Crows was the performance of Brodie Smith, who collected 29 touches in his second game back from ACL surgery, while spearhead Josh Jenkins finished with three goals.