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Carr farewell 'won't lead to bloodshed'

By Steve Larkin 20/07/2010 06:48:16 PM Comments (0)

Rivals captains don't expect serial pest Josh Carr's last AFL game to trigger a violent South Australian showdown.

Port Adelaide enforcer Carr will retire after Sunday's fixture against arch rival Adelaide.

Carr, who famously brawled with ex-Crows captain Mark Ricciuto outside an Adelaide hotel in 2002, has been cited by the AFL tribunal 16 times since 2001.

The citings have resulted in suspensions for offences ranging from kneeing to striking to wrestling.

But Port captain Dom Cassisi and his Crows counterpart Simon Goodwin believe Carr will want to his career with integrity, rather than bloodshed.

"I had a good chat to Carry and he's not going to be holding back," Cassisi said on Tuesday.

"(But) you can't get away with too much.

"Carry is going to be focused on doing the team things first and he has always been a pretty clean player to be honest.

"He's gone hard at the footy and I expect nothing different this weekend.

"Carry has got a fair sense of pride and he'd want to go out with a bit of integrity.

"He's going to play a tough game, but it's going to be at the football and I don't expect anything Alastair Lynch-like on the day."

Brisbane forward Lynch was suspended for 10 matches and fined almost $15,000 for striking offences in his last AFL match, the 2004 grand final.

Carr faced a decision on Sunday about on how he wanted to be remembered, Crows skipper Goodwin said.

"Josh has certainly got a decision to make on the way he wants to exit the game," Goodwin said on Tuesday.

"I'm sure he's mature enough to play the game in the right spirit.

"There is no doubt he has been one of their greatest players.

"He was instrumental in their 2004 premiership, he's had a big impact on the club and has been a fantastic player throughout his whole career.

"We have got the utmost respect for Josh ... we are certainly looking forward to playing against him this weekend because he's a tough, hard competitor."

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