Geelong players getting suspended for crucial finals - coincidence or culture problem?

sounda

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Hawthorn supporters took last nights Geelong win harder than the Eagles supporters did.

It's embarrassing.
God ... I hope the Tigers win.

Maybe the bald headed flog will retire. Hawkins is as soft as a footballer can be these days - clouting people from behind - and I would love to see that arrogant Scott face the wrath of sooking Geelong supporters next week.

Pure Bliss!
 

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God ... I hope the Tigers win.

Maybe the bald headed flog will retire. Hawkins is as soft as a footballer can be these days - clouting people from behind - and I would love to see that arrogant Scott face the wrath of sooking Geelong supporters next week.

Pure Bliss!
Grapes a bit sour today?
 

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2013 - Paul Chapman belts someone in the SF against Port, gets suspended for the prelim against Hawthorn which they lose by a kick. Probably cost them a flag.
2016 - Steve Johnson (by then at GWS of course) belts someone against the Swans, gets suspended for the prelim against the Dogs which GWS lose by a kick. Probably cost his team a flag, too.
2019 - Tom Hawkins needlessly belts Schofield, almost certain to cop at least a week. Will this end up costing the Cats a flag?

Unless I'm forgetting someone, in the last 10 years or so, the only three star players to miss a cut-throat final (I think Buddy missed a QF at one point) through suspension have been two Geelong players and a guy who spent 14 years at the Cats and developed a hard edge to his game while there.

So, in an era where violent acts are largely a thing of the past, why is it that Geelong players just can't seem to stop whacking blokes at this time of year, with so much on the line? Is the pressure of the occasion getting to them?
Chapman's suspension was a joke. Cost geelong an almost certain flag. Should never have got a week. Johnson never got suspended in 18 finals at geelong and did at gws. That weakens your argument not strengthens it.
 

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Hawkins puts a bloke down more than a kick off the ball and Geelong fans cry 'conspiracy'.

Spare me.
Deserved a week ..move on
He'll be fine it was "in play" ;)
Doubt Hawkins has cost them anything this year but he is quite a dirty footballer.
6 Striking charges since 2016 good luck with an appeal tomahawk

Striking a bloke off the ball 60mtrs away

deserved a week for being an idiot
 

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God ... I hope the Tigers win.

Maybe the bald headed flog will retire. Hawkins is as soft as a footballer can be these days - clouting people from behind - and I would love to see that arrogant Scott face the wrath of sooking Geelong supporters next week.

Pure Bliss!
west coast sooks?, nah you don't have any in the wild west I agree. But you you do have plenty of soft pricks. Ask Willi
 

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6 Striking charges since 2016 good luck with an appeal tomahawk

Striking a bloke off the ball 60mtrs away

deserved a week for being an idiot
I expect Geelong wont appeal out of principle. They are good people and the integrity of the game is paramount to the club. Will cop it on the chin.
 

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I expect Geelong wont appeal out of principle. They are good people and the integrity of the game is paramount to the club. Will cop it on the chin.
Doubt it , They are desperate to win a flag with Danger,Selwood,Hawkins,Ablett,Taylor on their last legs
This could be their last chance in a long time
 

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So in your world its fine to hit a bloke from behind when not expecting it ?

whats your definition of a king hit ?
He hardly made contact mate. I know you're a one-eyed Richmond supporter who thinks he needs Geelong players missing to win next week but turn it up on the king hit tripe.
 

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AFL literally given Hawkins an open possibility to appeal. 1 week? Really. It’s a hit behind play, give that two weeks. But because it’s finals and now Tom can certainly argue it down.
 

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He hardly made contact mate. I know you're a one-eyed Richmond supporter who thinks he needs Geelong players missing to win next week but turn it up on the king hit tripe.
Has nothing to do with being a Richmond supporter and i personally think we will beat geelong even if he played but being out makes geelong more unpredictable but thats another matter altogether.

you say he hardly made contact , He made enough contact for him to fall and stay down and when he got up he was dazed and Hawkins was concerned about his welfare.

Now you mentioned Turn it up ?? Lets hear your explanation to what a king hit is
 

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2013 - Paul Chapman belts someone in the SF against Port, gets suspended for the prelim against Hawthorn which they lose by a kick. Probably cost them a flag.
2016 - Steve Johnson (by then at GWS of course) belts someone against the Swans, gets suspended for the prelim against the Dogs which GWS lose by a kick. Probably cost his team a flag, too.
2019 - Tom Hawkins needlessly belts Schofield, almost certain to cop at least a week. Will this end up costing the Cats a flag?

Unless I'm forgetting someone, in the last 10 years or so, the only three star players to miss a cut-throat final (I think Buddy missed a QF at one point) through suspension have been two Geelong players and a guy who spent 14 years at the Cats and developed a hard edge to his game while there.

So, in an era where violent acts are largely a thing of the past, why is it that Geelong players just can't seem to stop whacking blokes at this time of year, with so much on the line? Is the pressure of the occasion getting to them?
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Hawkins will get off, end up with a fine. It’s how the AFL role.
If the AFL want these guys playing finals then how about they compromise and give Hawkins and the club an alternative so at least they get the suspension they deserve.
You either accept the one week penalty and miss the final next week or you get a substantial sentence to start next year plus a huge fine.
 

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If Toby Greene got off even with his dirty record, then Tom should surely get off. Though.. Geelong aren’t the AFL’s baby like GWS are, so I doubt Tom will get off without a stint on the sideline.
 

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I have a vague recollection that Enright was suspended for an incident in the Kardinia Park QF loss to Fremantle, but he got injured and wouldn't have played anyway.

Very long bow to draw and clutching at straws to a laughable extent, resorting to including Johnson's suspension. Still, regardless of the outcome of the inevitable tribunal appeal, it's disappointing in the extreme that Hawkins has put himself in this position.
 

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