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Trying to recall the last time a player copped a severe head/facial injury in a collision with a Richmond player. Kyron Hayden from North who got cleaned up running back with the flight of the ball by Lynch who was trying to contest a mark. That is about the only one I can recall in recent memory.

Cats players have KO’d 3 players in their last 5 matches with shocking head/facial injuries, Vlastuin, Kelly and now May. All of these were described as “accidents.” The Vlastuin and May elbows to the face contesting ground balls are clear reportable incidents in my opinion. Your forearm just should not be cocked like that. It is wrong technique. The forearm or elbow was cocked rigid and driven into the opponents face. Who can say what Dangerfield or Hawkins actual intent was, you would hope it wasn’t to injure. But the technique is at the very least careless, and possibly reckless. This should be penalised by the AFL to make players to correct their actions in these scenarios.

In the Dangerfield/Kelly head clash incident for which Dangerfield correctly got weeks, it should have been explained clearly that when bumping you need to lead with the hip and shoulder, as we were taught years ago. Not the head and shoulder as Dangerfield did. That is a tackling technique, not a bumping technique. Dangerfield’s hip was about 18 inches from Kelly’s body as his head was making contact. That is a horrendous bumping technique.

I find it laughable these stray forearms are being waved through by the MRO, especially in this current environment.

Let’s keep a count on the Cats, there seems to be a pattern forming here. On top of that we see Rohan hooking Neale from behind in a different sort of incident but equally dangerous and unsound action.

That is a lot for one team in 5 matches.
So in the Cats last 6 matches, opposition players KO’d by “accident” count has just had another addition:

2020 GF Vlastuin elbowed to the face by Dangerfield at top speed in a “football incident.” “Unavoidable.”

2021 Rd 1 Kelly gets his face absolutely smashed by Dangerfield’s forehead. Dangerfield gets weeks after saying in the media words to the effect the player going the man needs to protect himself….Dangerfield gets 3

2021 Rd 2 Neale not seriously injured but collected by a forceful swinging arm from behind by Rohan for which the latter got 2…Chris Scott said he was "totally comfortable" with what Rohan did. Right...

2021 Rd 3 In what looks like a radical anomaly, no Hawks players knocked out accidentally.

2021 Rd 4 Stray Hawkins elbow just happens to collect May and fracture his eye socket whislt May is tackling Hawkins. “Accident.”

2021 Rd 5 Duncan “accidentally” KO’s Hall whilst in the act of trying to smother a Hall kick. Hall off for the match with concussion.


The pattern doesn’t appear to be getting any weaker.

Edit: Just been through the last 46 AFL matches including the 2020 GF and all 2021 matches.

I counted 14 fresh concussions or severe head or facial injuries that caused players to miss matches.

The Cats have played 6 of those matches and their players’ “accidental” actions accounted for 4 of those injuries. Plus you had Rohan getting his two weeks for hooking Neale to the head off the ball from behind.

The other 17 teams combined were responsible for 10 such injuries in that time at the most. I say at the most as some injuries can be caused by friendly fire. So for the rest of the competition, individual teams have played 86 matches combined for 10 concussions/severe facial injuries caused. An average AFL rate apart from Geelong of one per 8.6 matches.

Geelong players are causing concussions/severe facial injuries over that period at the rate of one per 1.66 matches.


Geelong are a massive outlier here. So let’s see if the trend continues further.
 
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The return of the Visy brown paper bags or Judd like environmental ambassador role?
Not only that, Woosha joined a big miner over here (WA) a few months ago as a culture consultant type thingy. Said he was pleased to finally be back home with his family. Now this ?!? Maybe he's a culture consultant via zoom ? Maybe he's the Teague trains mentor by zoom ??
 

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So in the Cats last 6 matches, opposition players KO’d by “accident” count has just had another addition:

2020 GF Vlastuin elbowed to the face by Dangerfield at top speed in a “football incident.” “Unavoidable.”

2021 Rd 1 Kelly gets his face absolutely smashed by Dangerfield’s forehead. Dangerfield gets weeks after saying in the media words to the effect the player going the man needs to protect himself….Dangerfield gets 3

2021 Rd 2 Neale not seriously injured but collected by a forceful swinging arm from behind by Rohan for which the latter got 2…Chris Scott said he was "totally comfortable" with what Rohan did. Right...

2021 Rd 3 In what looks like a radical anomaly, no Hawks players knocked out accidentally.

2021 Rd 4 Stray Hawkins elbow just happens to collect May and fracture his eye socket whislt May is tackling Hawkins. “Accident.”

2021 Rd 5 Duncan “accidentally” KO’s Hall whilst in the act of trying to smother a Hall kick. Hall off for the match with concussion.


The pattern doesn’t appear to be getting any weaker.

Edit: Just been through the last 46 AFL matches including the 2020 GF and all 2021 matches.

I counted 14 fresh concussions or severe head or facial injuries that caused players to miss matches.

The Cats have played 6 of those matches and their players’ “accidental” actions accounted for 4 of those injuries. Plus you had Rohan getting his two weeks for hooking Neale to the head off the ball from behind.

The other 17 teams combined were responsible for 10 such injuries in that time at the most. I say at the most as some injuries can be caused by friendly fire. So for the rest of the competition, individual teams have played 86 matches combined for 10 concussions/severe facial injuries caused. An average AFL rate apart from Geelong of one per 8.6 matches.

Geelong players are causing concussions/severe facial injuries over that period at the rate of one per 1.66 matches.


Geelong are a massive outlier here. So let’s see if the trend continues further.
Karma will get em.
 

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