The Geelong Cats used up another of their nine lives over the weekend when Patrick Dangerfield suffered what appears to be a hamstring injury during JLY Community Series play against the Essendon Bombers.
They used up another of the nine lives when they took the chance of adding Gary Ablett to the list, so our calculations show them with seven lives remaining on the advent of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition.
It seems to be the conclusion that Dangerfield will miss Round 1 of the home-and-away season and hamstring issues are the type of things that make coaches go prematurely grey and bald, especially when they happen in pre-season trials.
“The early indications are that it is to his hamstring. That of course would put him out for Round 1, and it would probably put him out for the next couple of weeks too,” reporter Jon Ralph said after the game.“He just pulled up so jagged — you would think that this is clearly going to be a three or four week injury.”
The Cats bounce for the 2018 AFL season in a fortnight and indications for now are that he will miss at least Round 1 against the Melbourne Demons and Round 2 against the Hawthorn Hawks.
Essendon won the meaningless exhibition by the score of 101 – 97.
Dangerfield did not even make a feint at the old “stiff upper lip.” He limped off the field and into the doctors’ room and did not return to the game.
If anything positive could be said, it would be only that it is better to get this sort of the thing out of the way at the season’s onset, rather than have it happen on the eve of the finals, but Geelong also has the aforementioned Gary Ablett dealing with injury issues of his own, also involving a hamstring.
Rhys Stanley will also not feature in Round 1, as he is suffering from a calf injury.
Make that 6-1/2 lives for the Cats.