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Aidan Riley relieved at Crows debut

Steve Larkin 01/08/2011 05:14:37 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide Crows novice Aidan Riley is relieved on two fronts.

Firstly, for finally making his AFL debut.

And secondly, for keeping his match fees.

The 19-year-old was involved in a fiery melee against Port Adelaide on Sunday when coming on as a substitute for the last quarter in the Crows' 32-point win.

Surprisingly, no Adelaide or Port players were fined by the AFL match review panel although Riley admitted grappling with Power opponents.

"I'm not too shy to back away from that sort of stuff and I'm always there to stick up for a team-mate," the first-year rookie from Wollongong in NSW said on Monday.

Was he concerned he'd be fined and give up his first AFL match payments?

"I'm not too worried about that, it was all for the team," he said.

Riley's debut came after being named emergency at least five times - initially in round nine.

"I knew I was close, but it was tough as well, being with the team, travelling around and not getting to play," he said.

"But it was just a great experience for myself, getting to see how the guys do it."

Then he had to wear the substitute vest for three quarters before formally making his debut against Port.

"You're pretty edgy waiting for your shot to get on but it's something you have got to do and I was happy to do that," he said.

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