Season 2018 - Geelong


#21

their top end talent will get them into the Top 4.

just 1 big injury to a key player and they could very easily finish bottom 4. They have very little if any depth


#22

Ablett already injured. Changing clubs does not change a body that is ■■■■■■.


#23

Will be ready for round 1. Will still finish top 6 at least


#24

I get what you’re saying but their home ground advantage pretty much guarantees them 11 free wins a year.


#25

A home ground advantage is only worth as much as your ability to take advantage of it. There are no free wins


#26

And they don’t play all their home games at Kardinia Park anyway.


#27

If we had our own home ground at Windy Hill for example and the side trained on it and knew the strengths and weaknesses of the ground like the back of our hand AND had a hostile crowd there every week I guarantee you we would be winning a lot more games.


#28

… at Windy Hill


#29

Seems like Dangerfield night play this weekend. Would be a miracle recovery.
I wouldn’t want one of our players playing that soon after a hammy injury.
So I half hope he plays.


#30

If it was any other player on their list, they wouldn’t play them.

Put it that way.


#31

His hamstrings are really great knockabout larrikin hamstrings though. Oh the things they get up to.


#32

Do his hamstrings love a surf?


#33

Absolutely!


#34

Dan Menzel could miss the rest of the season with rare reaction to cortisone injections in his groin

AN injection gone wrong could see out-of-contract Geelong forward Daniel Menzel sidelined for the rest of the season.

The Herald Sun can reveal Menzel, 26, received two cortisone injections directly into his groin before the Round 6 clash against Sydney.

The jabs have led to debilitating complications that has left the Cats medical team puzzled and searching for answers.

It is unclear whether the injections were administered at the club’s GMHBA Stadium headquarters or at an off-site medical clinic.

After fighting back from four knee reconstructions, Menzel rediscovered some of his career-best form in the early rounds and sat fifth in the Coleman Medal after Round 5.

But Menzel struggled to walk shortly after the injections and remains unable to train six weeks on.

It is understood the Cats are considering booking Menzel in for exploratory surgery, which would almost certainly end his season.

Even if Menzel avoids going under the knife, he is set to miss the majority of the season waiting for the rare condition to settle.

There is no specific timeline on Menzel’s return, partly because no AFL player is believed to have suffered from this condition in the modern era.

“This is a bizarre situation that is hard to get clarity on,” Cats coach Chris Scott said this month.

The luckless forward appeared to adequately be managing groin soreness early in the year.

Menzel slotted 15.9 in the first five rounds and the Cats’ scoring has worryingly dried up in his absence.

The Cats were averaging 96 points per game with Menzel in the first five rounds and were ranked No. 1 for scoring once inside 50m.

Since he has been out they are averaging just 70 points per game and are ranked 18th for scoring once inside 50m with Menzel’s absence shaping as a big blow for their premiership hopes.

Menzel’s day-to-day life has been affected and his inability to walk at times, let alone run, is also decreasing his fitness levels.

A confidence player, Menzel would need to return to training for several weeks before he could be considered for selection at VFL or AFL level.

Another bout of surgery would put Menzel back into rehabilitation for several months and could diminish his appeal to rival clubs as an unrestricted free agent.

Menzel is among the game’s most underpaid players and was contracted on well under $200,000 in 2018 after a lack of interest from outside Geelong last October.

Scott said after Menzel bagged 5.3 against St Kilda in Round 4 that his medical history limited him to one-year deals.

“I think everyone’s crystal-clear when it comes to Dan, and I feel for him, but he just can’t expect that any club’s going to commit to him for the long term,” Scott said.

“Because there just so many doubts over his body, and none of them are his fault. It’s just the unfortunate situation he’s in.”


#35

Imagine the outrage if this happened at Essendon.


#36

I heard it felt “like concrete going into your groin”.


#37

That’s what she said!


#38

I had 2 cortisone shots into my abductor tendon in about 1993. First one didn’t take, second one sorted the problem (sub-acute extrusion).

I’d had a couple to treat cricket-induced tennis elbow. If it doesn’t hurt like buggery for 24 hours, it hasn’t worked.


#39

Sounds a touch experimental to me


#40

SAD.

Does no one remember the classic Saga headlines?