All off this x 100.Crippa’s game yesterday speaks for itself ... well, almost - I just want to highlight two things that grew my opinion of him even further:
1) his goal kicking - how on earth he’s managed to increase his accuracy and reliability so much in such a short time is nothing short of phenomenal. Hopefully this can act as a source of inspiration and motivation for the likes of Dow and Setters, and it speaks volumes for Crippa’s professionalism and mental strength. Imo, it’s a fantastic case of leading by example, because his teammates will surely be aware that Crippa’s goal kicking was not a natural talent, but rather an acquired skill built on the back of hard work.
2) his post-game interview - speaking with Sarah Jones immediately after the game, no doubt with the adrenaline coursing through his veins and a cocktail of emotions rushing through his head, I was hugely impressed by the presence of mind and the character that Crippa showed by paying homage to Bolts. In that moment, I felt that he nailed the mixed emotions that many Bluebaggers will have felt over the past week, while perfectly linking together some regret for the past, huge pride in the present, and real hope for the future. Unlike some (me, for instance), he doesn’t waffle on, but it seems that he possesses the priceless knack of saying exactly what needs to be said, exactly when it needs to be said.
As many other posters have remarked, Crippa’s game today immediately brought memories flooding back of some of Kouta’s legendary performances in the navy blue. So many passages of play will live long in the memory, but I suspect that with the passing of time my personal favourite will be the moment when he ghosted past a helpless looking Daniel Rich (amongst several others) to nail his third goal at a crunch time in the game. Truly awesome stuff from a true captain amongst captains!