KANGAROOS coach Dean Laidley said it was like a part of the
club had died but the man himself, while shedding a couple of tears afterwards,
was thinking about his team in his final moments of AFL football.
Glenn Archer said he was contemplating the impact of his
side’s 87-point preliminary final loss to Port Adelaide and didn’t get too
caught up in the moment of his final few minutes on the field.
But Laidley, who played with the 311-game veteran before
later coaching him, put into words how many Kangaroo fans were feeling when the
pair fronted the media after Saturday night’s disappointing end to the club’s
“There’s not too many people who are irreplaceable and we’ve
had some very, very good people since I’ve been certainly involved with the
football club,” Laidley said.
“But, you know, probably a part of the North Melbourne
Football Club died tonight.
“I looked at the clock and there was 1.20 to go and Glenn
Archer, as always, attacked the footy and one of our young guys in probably his
12th or 13th game was just watching him doing it.
“And that was just a perfect example of Glenn and just the
way he goes about it.”
Archer’s wife and children were right beside the Kangaroos’
bench in the final term to watch the legend play out his final minutes in the
famous No.11 jumper.
So what was Arch thinking?
“You don’t want to lose any game like that … obviously the
last game makes it a bit tougher,” he said.
“We’ve lost two finals now [this year] by big margins and
hopefully we can, hopefully they, can learn from it.”
As the clock ticked down and the curtain on a magnificent
career was also descending, Archer was doing what he always does – focusing on
“I was just disappointed with the loss,” he said when asked
if he was thinking about his final minutes.
“I could see my kids and my wife’s face pop up on the screen
every now and again and I just didn’t know what to think really.
“It was just disappointment more than anything.
“I’m sure I’ll look back on my career as a whole once I’m
finished, but you know the time is now and, we could have got through to a
Grand Final and all I was thinking about was disappointment, really.”