Injury 2021 Injury Thread

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The main issue I see with selecting 2 dedicated rucks and where they may only end up rotating with each other off the bench is that we have a significantly reduced interchange cap this coming season - 75 per team each season

If it was simply a case that at the halfway mark of each quarter the 2 rucks would change, and essentially play roughly 50% game time each, then it may work with that only using 4 rotations.

But doubtful it would be that simply and if it's starting to get to 8+ rotations then we're using 10% of our interchange cap on just 1 position and, that doesn't really seem smart use of the bench. And while Stanley & Ratugolea can provide value up forward (seen it more so from Stanley at this stage), how would our forward line function with 3 genuine tall forwards & then say also Rohan up forward who also plays taller than his height?

Hawkins averages over 90% game time - last year it was 95.6% tog, 92.7% the year before and you've got to go back to 2015 the last time it was under 90%
Cameron averaged 90% last year and 88.&% the previous couple of seasons

So if we have 2 tall forwards already playing a high percentage of game time, throwing a 3rd tall into the mix may not necessarily work or help cohesiveness up forward

Surely an option in terms of the ruck work is Stanley at centre bounces and through the middle of the ground, Hawkins up forward and probably Blicavs down back

Playing 2 dedicated rucks when there's no interchange cap is 1 thing, but with that in place then it's not a simple equation
If you have a ruck on the bench too it'll shorten the amount of rest time your other players get. As you point out the interchange cap effectively kills the option
 

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Patrick Dangerfield set to play Round 1 after Geelong reveals improvement in pesky groin injury - Jon Ralph

He had plenty of Cats fans worried when a pesky groin injury just wouldn’t go away. Breath easy, Geelong has given an update on Patrick Dangerfield.


Star Geelong onballer Patrick Dangerfield will be fit to take on former side Adelaide in Round 1 after turning a corner in his recovery from groin issues.
And Cats recruit Jeremy Cameron will join him as he overcomes a minor hamstring strain.

The mobile big forward is hitting top speed while covering 10km during training sessions.

Beaten grand finalist Geelong has spent the summer introducing new acquisitions Shaun Higgins and Isaac Smith to a team that saw club legends Gary Ablett and Harry Taylor retire in the off-season.

Dangerfield’s groin injury hampered him late in the year but Geelong football boss Simon Lloyd told the Herald Sun he was on track with the build-up to Round 1.

“We are very pleased with Patrick’s progress,” Lloyd said.

“He has progressed through his footy loads without any issue and looks strong and fit. We are very happy with where he is at.”

Cameron has already settled into the club and town after a bruising trade period that saw Geelong forced to trade with GWS for his services but retaining three 2021 second-round picks.

Despite stepping out of some match simulation including last week’s contest, Lloyd said he had been on the track enough to build synergy with his new teammates.

“Jeremy is completing large loads of football training,” he said.

“He is up around the 10km (distance) mark in sessions and we have seen him hit his maximum speed.

“You can see with Jeremy how quick his decision-making is and he is getting used to the dynamics of working with the new forward line. He’s settled in here and to be honest it feels like he’s been here forever.

“He’s a highly intelligent footballer and he’s working with Corey Enright, the forwards coach, and they are training in small groups this week but the more they train together the more comfortable they will be.”

Geelong and Collingwood will play in a practice match on February 26 at GMHBA Stadium before the Cats take on Essendon on Saturday March 6 in their only AAMI Community Series clash.

The scratch match against Collingwood will again be an informal affair in which the clubs will work on match strategy with a mix of normal game time and then specific drills such as forward 50 stoppages to hone their craft.

Luke Dahlhaus is building his strength after groin issues, while Darcy Fort (PCL) is in modified training after a recent setback.

Sam Simpson (shoulder surgery) is back in training and nearly ready to progress to full contact training after his breakout 2020 season.

“Dahlhaus is progressing well,” Lloyd said.

“He is picking up speed and working on change of direction and working through different footy sessions and that will increase in coming weeks.

“Darcy is completing modified craft sessions at the moment and we will monitor how his knee responds in the coming two or three weeks. We are happy with his progress.”



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*please don't judge me for having access, I don't really care about the newspaper but got a subscription a couple of years ago so I could get the weekly travel mag and then have access to sports based stories during the various sporting seasons
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There's a bloke called Menegola who might claim a wing position...

..as for Blicavs, all indications are he'll be in defence...
I was joking about the wing/ruck thing. I'm just a bit gutted we won't be seeing much Stanley/Blitz ruck combo work outside of d50 and am not confident Stanley's body will hold up as a sole ruck
 

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as he has successfully done since revealing him.
I haven't viewed Scott's strategy or timing in moving Blitz to wing etc as always being 'successful' or in the team's best interests.

At times I think its been detrimental.

Anyhow, different perspectives. I'm looking forward to him staying put in defense.
 

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Don't think there's anything here that we didn't already know about

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Mitch Duncan is in serious doubt for round one after multiple calf setbacks this summer that kept him out of last week’s pre-season clash with Collingwood and likely Saturday night against Essendon. Former Hawk Isaac Smith (ankle), Luke Dahlhaus (groin), Darcy Fort (knee) and Sam Simpson (shoulder) are others on the injury shelf. Smith should be right for the season opener. Zach Tuohy withdrew from the Pies game after feeling sore in the warm-up, while Rhys Stanley copped a knock in the second quarter.
 

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Haven't seen this included in any other injury summary pieces. Article also mentions that Smith, Esava and Tuohy are expected to be right for the weekend...

Second-year midfielder Cooper Stephens has been slowed by a knee complaint.
 

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Haven't seen this included in any other injury summary pieces. Article also mentions that Smith, Esava and Tuohy are expected to be right for the weekend...



That's unfortunate, i was hoping he might get a run in the essendon game because to be honest I've never actualy seen anything of Cooper.
 

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