Player Watch Paddy McCartin (VFL signing) - on report

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Paddy reflecting on his first game back (practice game V GWS a couple of days ago);

Glad to see him playing again, fingers crossed it all works out for him both professionally and health wise.
 

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If I recall the knock on McCartin at St Kilda was his lack of an engine, if he lacked that as a forward, hard to see him being able to play back
 

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you are kidding, right?
If I recall the knock on McCartin at St Kilda was his lack of an engine, if he lacked that as a forward, hard to see him being able to play back
Seriously dont know how St Kilda could even make that assessment...he has had a fair bit of time to work on it though...
 

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That's horrendous. Delist.
I wouldn't be too hasty to delist him - let's see what the Tribunal does first.
The reason I say this is that Paddy and Tom are close, and Tom is OOC at the end of the year, so we need to be seen to be very fair in our dealings with Paddy.
 

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Hardly horrendous or conclusive imo. Seemed incidental doesn't look like a punch to the head to me. Looked like he was chopping his arms off and accidentally got him in the head. Could've even been an open hand or flailing wrist. These incidental things always happen when being scragged by a player in the heat of the moment, can't crucify him for it.
 

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Trust he will get what the league sees fit, but a few things I do want to say and I don't want it to come across as defending the act, because putting yourself in that position is dumb.
The reporting of it is so wildly over the top it's not funny. Footage so grainy you'd be lucky to make out the numbers on the back yet talking like it is a clear closed fist strike. Inflamatory language like "sickening hit" is a joke. Comparisons to an incident where a jaw was broken and teeth knocked out. For all we know it was an open hand slap to the face seeing as the result was a "swollen jaw".

Have the media posted on article about the raised forearm of Fritch that was a deliberate fend off that could have broken an eye socket? Have they described that as sickening?
 
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Looks like a pretty solid right hook but obviously hard to get the full picture from that kind of footage. Pretty stupid thing to do and only has himself to blame if it impacts his comeback.
 

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Yep it's definitely hard to figure out what's happening when you're only watching with one eye open.

He punched him in the head completely unprovoked.
 

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Intent probably doesn't matter because the end result is he clocked the guy pretty cleanly. I suspect he was trying for a chest punch and stuffed it up but if you're throwing a closed fist around at all then you have to own the consequences. Stupid and reckless at any point but certainly not great when he's trying to resurrect his senior career.
 

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