Star ahead Jeremy Cameron has did not see out Geelong’s necessary 41-point AFL win over Essendon amid considerations over one more hamstring difficulty.
Patrick Dangerfield and Tom Hawkins have been excellent within the Cats’ 15.8 (98) to eight.9 (57) victory at GMHBA Stadium on Friday night time, however the outcome was considerably soured by Cameron’s newest setback.
The 28-year-old had two hamstring accidents earlier within the 12 months after making a high-profile commerce transfer from Larger Western Sydney final November.
He kicked three objectives towards the Bombers and seemed set for a giant night time earlier than taking himself off the bottom through the second quarter.
Cameron was briefly assessed and changed by substitute Max Holmes with out being put by way of a health take a look at on the boundary line.
Geelong coach Chris Scott admitted Cameron had an “iffy” proper hamstring pre-game however was cleared to play by membership medical workers.
He then copped a cork up excessive within the hamstring and felt tightness decrease down.
“Greater than individuals realise, there are actually exhausting choices that must be made by the medical workers,” Scott stated.
“He had a little bit of tightness there pre-game however they have been assured that the proper choice was made for him to play.
“It was a little bit bit sophisticated by the truth that he obtained a cork to the same space … the medical workers are assured that he hasn’t completed a major damage but it surely was not getting higher.”
A dominant eight-goal second time period set the platform for Geelong’s victory in chilly and moist situations, but it surely was a special story early within the match.
Two sensible objectives from Jake Stringer and one other two from Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti helped give Essendon a 25-point first-quarter lead because the guests dominated the competitors’s No.1 contested ball group within the opening half-hour.
A deliberate out of bounds free kick towards Jordan Ridley allowed Cameron to kick the Cats first aim moments earlier than quarter-time they usually flipped the script after the break.
Dangerfield, Tom Atkins and captain Joel Selwood have been all influential across the ball as Cameron and Hawkins cashed in up ahead.
Hawkins completed with six objectives in his equal-biggest haul of the final three years and Gryan Miers kicked two on return from a fractured leg.
Stringer (25 disposals and three objectives) was explosive early and Darcy Parish (43 and one) continued his stellar season as Essendon’s greatest, with midfield associate Zach Merrett (36 and one) additionally busy once more.
Geelong’s superior effectivity in assault was telling as they registered a cushty win regardless of shedding the inside-50 rely 62-45.
“We had sufficient momentum within the sport and sufficient management however we simply weren’t efficient sufficient and did not put sufficient scoreboard strain on,” Essendon coach Ben Rutten stated.
The loss noticed the Bombers miss an opportunity to climb into the top-eight at Richmond’s expense.