Injuries take their toll as the Collingwood Magpies mend incumbent Premiers Geelong Cats

Although Stengle appeared to be the player most at risk when denying a ball that was sitting on his head, it was Howe who was injured more seriously.

The man behind, jumping up, fell, landing most of his weight on his left arm. Howe writhed in pain, legs shaking, clinging to the upper half of his left arm while medical personnel attended to him.

The injury was deemed graphic enough that Channel Seven did not air replays of the competition, while an awkward silence broke out in the crowded stadium.

Jeremy Howe suffered a serious arm injury.

Jeremy Howe suffered a serious arm injury.Credit:Getty | Age

Howe’s teammates broke from their crush to wish their stricken teammate well before the motorized stretcher drove him off the field. Jeremy Cameron also showed his support in a show of respect.

With his placement and athleticism, Howe is a crucial cog in the Magpies’ defense. He made just 12 appearances in 2020-21 when the club fell down the ladder but was instrumental in their shock rise last year when he finished fourth in the Copeland Trophy vote count.

Stewart, one of the Cats’ key players, injured his right knee after an awkward landing in the first quarter and was substituted at quarter time. Although the extent of the damage is unknown, there are doubts he will face Carlton on Thursday night.

De Koning sent a scare through the Cats camp in the second term when his right knee appeared to buckle as he jogged backwards with no player around him. He immediately hobbled off the field but was cleared for the game despite appearing appropriate late on.

Taylor Adams appeared to have injured his foot after touching Zach Guthrie while attempting a kick, but like de Koning, he too returned to the field.

Jeremy Howe flew high before landing heavily.Credit:Getty Images


Every big show needs a pantomime villain, and for those of black-and-white persuasion, Ollie Henry fit the bill perfectly. In his first game against his old club, Henry received a warm welcome from his former team-mates and fans. Greeted on first impact by the obligatory shove from Brayden Maynard, Henry was run over by the Magpies’ enforcer during the fifteen-minute melee. The theater went even higher in the second term when he marked his first goal in the hoops by goading the Pies loyalists when he was bullied by teammates. He went from hero to zero moments later when, with a specific target beckoning, he was run over by Darcy Moore in the goal squares of the Collingwood celebration team. He could also have played handball to Brad Close. The tackle was reminiscent of Heath Shaw’s legendary game against Nick Riewoldt in a replay of the 2010 grand final. Henry struck twice with 14 possession but his old club had the last laugh. Injuries take their toll as the Collingwood Magpies mend incumbent Premiers Geelong Cats

Ryan Sederquist

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