Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury has won praise from the Victorian football media after delivering a concession speech that lasted less than 10 seconds following his side’s loss in the 2018 Grand Final.
Respected journalist Sam Edmund was glowing in his praise for Pendlebury.
“I think what a lot of people don’t understand is the emotions you go through when you lose a Grand Final. To be expected to get up there and speak after having your heart ripped out like that is very tough, and the fact that Scott was able to do it for 10 seconds is incredible and really the feel good story from the game.”
Pendlebury’s efforts have been contrasted to that of Crows captain Taylor Walker, who drew widespread criticism for his losing speech last year, which also lasted less than ten seconds.
“Pendlebury was so much better than Walker. Sure they both congratulated the winning team, they both thanked the fans, and only Walker thanked the sponsors, but Pendlebury is a Victorian so he won’t be criticised – he’ll be praised.”
The Journal understands that sections of the media already have prepared articles praising Pendlebury for his commitment to his team should he ever criticise a player for walking out.