67, 69, 73, 74, 80, 17, 19, 20
- Oct 29, 2017
- AFL Club
Keep going.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.