Five-goal forward Dangerfield stuns AFL
IS there anything Patrick Dangerfield can’t do?
Not on the evidence of the Brownlow Medallist’s five-star performance against Hawthorn.
Geelong fans at the MCG on Saturday – and Dangerfield himself – had their hearts in their mouth when the star on-baller fell to the ground in the first term on the receiving end of a savage, but fair, Jarryd Roughead bump.
He struck his hand in the air for assistance and was escorted to the Geelong rooms.
It wasn’t clear if he would emerge. When he did, he put himself in the forward line.
Playing on one leg, Dangerfield dominated.
A second-quarter snap ended a Hawthorn run of goals. Then came a third term for the ages.
Three goals, all from strong leading marks, gave Geelong a lead they wouldn’t give up.
He would finish with five goals and six behinds, telling a radio station after the match he was proud of the performance.
“My game was a bit of a reflection of the service I got from our midfield. To be able to lead to some of those kicks was nice,” he said.
“It was just a bit frustrating I couldn’t kick a bit straighter.”
Coach Chris Scott said he left the decision on playing Dangerfield up to his medical staff and the 27-year-old.
“He was inhibited but he wanted to see if he could keep going. He felt the best position on the ground was up forward. When you’ve got an asset like that you tend not to argue,” he said.
“For a long period of the game it seems like he was the most important player on the ground.”
The Cats face fellow front-runner and Dangerfield’s old club Adelaide next-up on Friday night in a genuine blockbuster.
Dangerfield couldn’t guarantee he’d be a starter given the lower leg injury.
“It’s going to depend how it pulls up. It’s going to be pretty sore for the next few days,” he said.
“I’ll get into the city of churches, say a few hymns and hopefully it’s right to go on Friday.”
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