R4 Injury Recap: Carlton hoping Cripps injury ‘minor’, Preuss offered one-game ban, Brodie praised

Stay up to date throughout the round with our rolling injury report from the coaches post-game. With the nine-game round extending from Thursday night through until Sunday, these snippets of info will be key.


Gold Coast v Carlton

Patrick Cripps (AF $810k SC $518k MID) was subbed out with a left hamstring injury after leaving the field late in the first quarter. Carlton coach Michael Voss said: “These sorts of ones are an assessment and wait and see. We think it’s only minor. We’ve had scenarios before where you say that and it turns out something else. We’ll wait and find out.”

Jack Lukosius (AF $608k SC $389k D/M) had a late right knee problem. Suns coach Stuart Dew said he’d get a scan and added: “We’ll have to wait and see. No information yet on his medical condition. Fingers crossed it’s not too bad and he can play soon.”

Jy Farrar (AF $495k SC $303k DEF) was subbed off for Gold Coast with a right hamstring tweak.

Hawthorn v St Kilda

Will Day (AF $543k SC $345k DEF) was subbed off after a heavy collision with Paddy Ryder (AF $585k SC $455k RUCK) who may come under MRO scrutiny, which could assist Jack Hayes (AF $367k SC $187k F/R) for a recall.

Hawks coach Sam Mitchell said: “He’s a bit battered. He entered the concussion protocols. We’ll wait and leave him with the medical team and look after him.”

St Kilda coach Brett Ratten praised debutant Marcus Windhager (AF $218k SC $117K M/F). He said: “Marcus did a really good job coming in. He’s come in & performed at a pretty good standard first-up. His contested ball and competitiveness was there. His ability to run over the ground is impressive.”

Essendon v Adelaide

Will Snelling (AF $620k SC $439k FWD) was subbed off with a calf injury. Jordan Ridley (AF $637k SC $515k DEF) came off late after a knock but Dons stand-in coach Blake Caracella said there were no other injury concerns beyond Snelling.

Mitch Hinge (AF $439k SC $233k DEF) was subbed out of the game due to a hip injury. Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said: “We’ll more than likely lose Hinge. We’ll have to see how he pulls up. That was a hip pointer.”

Fremantle v GWS Giants

Braydon Preuss (AF $411k SC $204k RUCK) has been offered a week for an elbow to the head of David Mundy. GWS coach Leon Cameron said about the incident: “Being down on the bench I didn’t look at the replay. I’ll have to deal with it if there’s an issue. He needs to be better if there’s a case to answer for.”

The AFL match review officer since released this statement: “Has been charged with Striking David Mundy, Fremantle, during the third quarter of the Round Four match between Fremantle and the GWS GIANTS played at Optus Stadium on Saturday April 9, 2022. In summary, he can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.”

“Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as Intentional Conduct, Low Impact, High Contact. The incident was classified as a one-match sanction as a first offence. The player can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.”

Cameron also spoke about the injury scare to Lachie Whitfield (AF $747k SC $476k D/M). He said: “He’s pretty sore in his ankle and knees. We expect nothing less from Lachie. He is too tough for his own boots sometimes. Hopefully he pulls up well. Fingers crossed, we’ll have to assess in the next 48 hours.”

Will Brodie (AF $519k SC $284k M/F) had a career-high 37 disposals and Fremantle stand-in coach Jaymie Graham said: “He’s a mature body. We know his contested possession is one of his strengths. I think he had 20 contested possessions tonight, so he was really important for us inside.”

Graham also praised third-gamer Nathan O’Driscoll (AF $202k SC $123k D/M). He said: “He plays to his strengths. His work rate is outstanding. What’s pleasing is he understands his role. We probably haven’t seen him have as many shots at goal before.”

Graham suggested Caleb Serong (AF $659k SC $451k MID) was looking good to return from a knee injury next week, while Alex Pearce (AF $316k SC $290k DEF) was a late out with an ankle issue although the stand-in coach was sure on the severity. Graham wasn’t worried about James Aish’s (AF $583k SC $371k DEF) late ankle tweak.

On Serong, Graham said: “I think quite promising (for R5). He’s had a couple of lighter weeks. We’re quite hopeful he’ll be available next week.”

Richmond v Western Bulldogs

Dogs coach Luke Beveridge spoke about the ruck set-up with Stefan Martin (AF $430k SC $299k RUCK) playing in the VFL, potentially joining Tim English (AF $769k SC $521k R/F) in the seniors.

“Stef has missed a bit of footy,” he said. “I thought he played OK today for Footscray. Tim has had a good few weeks. I thought he was pretty good again tonight. I think he’s relishing the opportunity to spend more minutes in the ruck. Right at this point in time, we plan to keep doing that. But usually you’ve got a couple more key position players to pinch-hit in the ruck and at the moment we’re down a few.”

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick praised youngsters Hugo Ralphsmith (AF $310k SC $230k M/F) and Josh Gibcus (AF $286k SC $200k DEF) and pointed out Kane Lambert (AF $647k SC $415k FWD) played a half in the VFL on the weekend after time out with injury.

Hardwick said: “Hugo Ralphsmith was wonderful again tonight, Josh Gibcus continues to grow. Ben Miller is becoming very reliable down back. We’ve found some pieces of the puzzle that we think are going to be long-termers.”

Collingwood v West Coast

Collingwood lost Jamie Elliott (AF $623k SC $427k FWD) to an AC injury which Pies coach Craig McRae said “could be quite serious” and flagged “12 weeks” on the sidelines.

West Coast subbed out Luke Edwards (AF $387k SC $270k MID) with coach Adam Simpson pointing to a groin/OP issues that he endured last year. Simpson also said: “Hopefully (we get back) Yeo, Shuey, Kelly, Jamie Cripps maybe, Oscar Allen possibly (next week). Gaffy probably another week away.”

Simpson praised Willie Rioli (AF $358k SC $225k FWD) after another strong game. Simpson said: “We’ve missed him. The semi-final against Geelong in 2019, I don’t feel like we’ve been the same since. He was important for us tonight. He’s dealt with a lot. I’m not surprised he’s playing well.”

Sydney v North Melbourne

Swans coach John Longmire said spearhead Lance Franklin (AF $566k SC $444k FWD) had a suspected broken finger. North coach David Noble praised rookie Jason Horne-Francis (AF $396k SC $259k MID). He said: “He was terrific. Really good. I think what I saw in the first half was a nice balance with that ability to use his feet on the outside and being strong on the inside contest.”

Geelong v Brisbane Lions

Tom Stewart (AF $762k SC $569k DEF) was a late withdrawal with gastro, while Esava Ratugolea (AF $349k SC $277k R/F) also was a late out for Geelong due to an ankle problem.

On Stewart, Geelong coach Chris Scott said: “He was stripped (to play). He came down with gastro in the morning. His whole family had it. He was trying to will himself to get to the line but he was as pale as a ghost pre-game.”

Scott also praised young defender Sam De Koning (AF $193k SC $123k D/F). He said: “It seemed to me they (the crowd) fell in love with Sam De Koning back there in big moments. I felt some of those guys back there were fantastic.”

Quinton Narkle (AF $477k SC $327k MID) was subbed out for Geelong with an ankle injury and Scott said they were “optimistic it was not serious”.

Lachie Neale (AF $871k SC $597k MID) was tagged by Mark O’Connor and restricted in his output. Brisbane coach Chris Fagan said: “I thought he fought on all night. He ended up with a fair bit of the footy. O’Connor was all over him. It was a good tough honest battle.”

Port Adelaide v Melbourne

Ollie Wines (AF $937k SC $591k MID) was subbed out at half-time with nausea and taken to hospital where he spent the evening. Port said in an update: “He is currently still in hospital with a heart irregularity – the cause of which is undetermined and will be investigated over the coming days. Wines remains well and in good spirits.”

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin was full of praise for Max Gawn (AF $829k SC $616k RUCK). He said: “That’s been building for a few weeks. I thought he led incredibly well. He’s been really close the last couple of weeks, especially aerially. I thought tonight he was a really dominant player on the ground. I thought he had a huge impact on the result.”


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