#44 Shaun McKernan


All things considered, no surgery required must be a win.

Que jokes about they will take conservative approach and do surgery in 10 weeks


Collingwood, already has Cox

Richmond may or may not depending on whether they want to compromise their formula for a so-so KPF

Melbourne seem to have settled on McDonald

Bulldogs have quite a few options with quite a few ???'s, perhaps they are trying to bump up his contract hoping it’ll affect our ability to chase any of their FA’s

Saints have more things to worry about than a KPF

Carlton likewise; also why would anyone want to go to that sh*tshow

Hawks might be in play depending on Lynch and Roughead, but they do have Mitch Lewis who is showing good signs


■■■■ that. Keep him. Heart soul - the passion of st tibulous


Nope. He was on a lead, took the mark out in front and a Bulldog player deliberately rode him into the ground. It happened right in front of me.


Such bad timing as he finally got a chance for a consistent run at it. Proved to be a solid option up forward and nice relief ruck work too.

I am confident the club will offer a contract but will it be enough $$, wait and see. I hope we do keep him because we don’t know how Daniher pulls up, Stewart has had set back… as has Brown. Hooker is getting older and Hurley has a track history of injury. So we need all the solid talls we can imho.

Don's season over, brother backs return > >

SHAUN McKernan’s dual premiership-winning brother Corey is tipping his resilient sibling to bounce back positively from his serious injury setback on Saturday.

The Essendon footballer was enjoying the most productive run of his decade-long career as Joe Daniher’s replacement before suffering a left hamstring strain early in the second term against Fremantle.

McKernan, 27, had a scan on Monday morning and will miss up to 10 weeks – effectively the rest of the season – but he will not require surgery.

He is out of contract, but as good as certain to remain at Tullamarine, something coach John Worsfold backed post-match at the weekend.

McKernan has played 62 games in 10 seasons in the AFL, with his 10 this year remarkably the second-highest tally of his career and his 16 goals a personal best after being the No.28 pick in 2008.

“When you play football, it’s the one thing they don’t prepare you for – all the setbacks,” former Kangaroos and Blues star Corey told AFL.com.au.

"To be brutally honest, most times there are more downs than ups. The players that have long periods in the game; you need to be very good to do that.

“Regardless of whether you’re playing every single week, or in Shaun’s case in and out or on the fringes, all you can do is prepare and give yourself the best possible chance – and you need some luck along the way.”

McKernan, a forward-ruck, hasn’t had much of that throughout his career, firstly at Adelaide and now the Bombers.

As Corey pointed out, “unfortunately Daniher’s misfortune was Shaun’s fortune”.

McKernan is Essendon’s No.1 target – ahead of Mitch Brown and Jake Stringer – since receiving his opportunity in round eight after Daniher’s groin injury a week earlier.

His 2018 averages, excluding the one-and-a-bit quarters on Saturday, are 14.1 disposals (6.3 contested), 5.8 marks (2.1 inside 50) and 1.8 goals, including two bags of four.

“It’s just purely and simply about opportunity,” Corey said of his brother’s career-best form.

“It’s not an age thing with big blokes; it’s more down to knowing you’re going to play every minute of every game, regardless of whether that’s in the ruck or forward.”

Corey also has no concerns about his sibling’s ability to continue to perform alongside Daniher next season.

“It probably suits his role. If he’s not playing forward, he’ll be in the ruck and as long as you know that’s your role, it’s fine,” he said.

“Being just a forward or just a ruckman is a dangerous position to be in as a big bloke nowadays, but Shaun’s lucky he’s got both attributes.”


they will probably take a conservative approach and do surgery in 10 weeks…


Look forward to many more screaming man celebrations in 2019


10 weeks.
Back for the Grand Final.


I stand corrected. I’ve always been irrationally outraged by those little nudges in the back and players being pushed as they mark, hamstring injuries waiting to happen.

Shame about Lloydy’s injury, he had a ripping start to the season, pardon the pun


In this case the outrage is fully justified. It was a deliberate act and an unnecessary one. It was no nudge or push, he rode him into the MCG turf, in a manner that the WWE would be proud of.


Yeah Lloyd was at full stretch on the boundary…right below me


Really have to feel for Smack. Possibly the best form of his career. I would put it out there that he had put himself into best 22 status even if JD was fit.
Here’s hoping that come season 2019 he is in even better form.


7 more days.


Non participating clubs usually get good seats


Beware the intramuscular tendon . Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year SMack.

Serious thigh muscle strains’: beware the intramuscular tendon which plays an important role in difficult hamstring and quadriceps muscle strains
Peter Brukner1,2, David Connell2,3
Author affiliations
La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Imaging @ Olympic Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Original article
Intramuscular tendon injury is not associated with an increased hamstring reinjury rate within 12 months after return to play

Anne D van der Made1,2,3,4, Emad Almusa1, Gustaaf Reurink2,3,5, Rod Whiteley1, Adam Weir1,6, Bruce Hamilton7, Mario Maas3,4,8, Aston S H Ngai1, Maarten H Moen5, Gert Jan Goudswaard1, Johannes L Tol1,3,4

Author affiliations

Aspetar, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Academic Center for Evidence-based Sports Medicine (ACES), Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam Collaboration for Health and Safety in Sports (ACHSS), AMC/VUmc IOC Research Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Sports Physicians Group, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Erasmus MC Center for Groin Injuries, Department of Orthopaedics, Erasmus MC University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
High Performance Sport New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
Department of Radiology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Correspondence to Johannes L Tol, Aspetar, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar; [email protected]


Background Acute hamstring injury that includes intramuscular tendon injury has been suggested to be associated with increased reinjury risk. These observations were based on a relatively small number of retrospectively analysed cases.

Objective To determine whether intramuscular tendon injury is associated with higher reinjury rates in acute hamstring injury.

Methods MRIs of 165 athletes with an acute hamstring injury were obtained within 5 days of injury. Treatment consisted of a standardised criteria-based rehabilitation programme. Standardised MRI parameters and intramuscular tendon injury, the latter subdivided into tendon disruption and waviness, were scored. We prospectively recorded reinjuries, defined as acute onset of posterior thigh pain in the same leg within 12 months after return to play.

Results Participants were predominantly football players (72%). Sixty-four of 165 (39%) participants had an index injury with intramuscular hamstring tendon disruption, and waviness was present in 37 (22%). In total, there were 32 (19%) reinjuries. There was no significant difference (HR: 1.05, 95% CI 0.52 to 2.12, P=0.898) in reinjury rate between index injuries with intramuscular tendon disruption (n=13, 20%) and without tendon disruption (n=19, 20%). There was no significant difference in reinjury rate (X²(1)=0.031, P=0.861) between index injuries with presence of waviness (n=7, 19%) and without presence of waviness (n=25, 20%).

Conclusion In athletes with an acute hamstring injury, intramuscular tendon injury was not associated with an increased reinjury rate within 12 months after return to play.


Can’t believe how the Drs and fitness staff have mis-managed him.


IIRC when Lloydy did his, we were all pinning our hopes on Courtney Johns stepping up :roll_eyes:



still has many good years in him, and is still our 2nd best ruck and best ff on the list on form (bar maybe moustache brown)