Explosive midfielder Jordan De Goey has dominated Collingwood’s preseason training game against Hawthorn, but he is likely to face a match review review in the last quarter for a dumping tackle.
De Goey had 31 disposals and three assists that were high in the game, but it was the tackle against Hawthorn recruit Lloyd Meek that got everyone talking.
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Former Melbourne champion Garry Lyon said the intention of the tackle was fine but “staying through” was the problem.
And another respected AFL journalist believed De Goey would “run the gauntlet of the match review system” and potentially face a Round 1 suspension.
But the fans were divided.
“Even as a Carlton supporter there is nothing to see here,” wrote one AFL fan on Twitter.
“Consider everything that’s in play, the defence, Meek’s head didn’t touch the ground, it was the shoulder. Let’s not analyze it too much.”
And another wrote: “Not a De Goey fan but it’s ridiculous that (is he going to be suspended?) even considered a legitimate question.”
However, there were observers who believed the attack was dangerous and reportable.
“It’s a slingshot, unfortunately for Jordan. And (with) the crackdown on headhigh/concussion, wonder if that didn’t last a week. Big test for the AFL(on) how serious they are about head protection.”
Collingwood also suffered an injury when forward Patrick Lipinski dislocated his troublesome left shoulder.
Lipinski left the field with a shoulder clutched, already heavily strapped after completing a fourth-quarter tackle on Thursday night in Launceston.
The 24-year-old previously had shoulder problems and underwent a reconstruction last year after picking up the injury in the second half of the season.
The club confirmed after the game that Lipinski suffered a dislocation and will undergo an MRI.
“He’s a great young man so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that he’s on the lighter side,” said Collingwood assistant coach Brendon Bolton.
Collingwood, last year’s provisional finalists, will meet incumbent Prime Minister Geelong in a grand Round 1 clash on March 17.
Lipinski had previously scored twice for the Magpies, who held a 15-16 (106)–14-16 (100) win over a brave young Hawks team.
During the game, De Goey starred and bonded well with ex-Hawk Tom Mitchell in midfield. Former Brisbane Lions forward Daniel McStay has also been good for Collingwood, scoring twice in the first quarter.
Another offseason signing, former Giant Bobby Hill, made some good touches, including a sprint down the wing to set Brody Mihocek up in the second quarter.
Hawthorn’s draftee Cam Mackenzie put in a striking performance, amassing 24 disposals, one goal and two assists.
“He’s a great kid. Provides lots of energy. Can really use the ball. He shows real composure and is able to scan and find targets,” said Chris Newman, Hawthorn’s assistant coach.
The 19-year-old — the No. 7 pick in the 2022 draft — provided a spot-on kick inside the 50 in the third term for Fergus Greene, who led the scoring by three.
Greene has not played in the AFL since 2018 but could be a valuable addition for the Hawks who face Essendon in Round 1.
Changkuoth Jiath had some solid moments on Hawthorn’s defense in his first preseason appearance.
Collingwood came flying from the blocks with three straight goals but couldn’t shake a tenacious Hawthorn entering a new era without the likes of Mitchell, Jaeger O’Meara and Jack Gunston.
The Hawks were trailing 37-30 at the first break despite being 20-10 down within the 50s.
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https://7news.com.au/sport/afl/jordan-de-goey-facing-match-review-scrutiny-for-dumping-tackle-in-collingwoods-pre-season-clash-with-hawthorn-c-9924251 Jordan De Goey is checked in match review for Lloyd Meek in Collingwood’s preseason duel against Hawthorn