Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe was in agony as he was stretchered off the MCG with a fractured forearm in the Magpies’ pulsating 22-point AFL win over Geelong.
Howe had a horrifying collision with Geelong small forward Tyson Stengle in the third term of Friday night’s eventful Round 1 clash.
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Howe and Stengle contested a high ball and the Collingwood player flew into the air.
He landed heavily on his left arm and play was stopped for several minutes as he received medical attention.
Howe needed the ‘green whistle’ for some acute pain relief.
Collingwood teammates ran over to him en masse as he was taken off the ground.
Stengle also had to leave the field from the impact of the collision.
The Magpies backman was the most concerning injury in a growing casualty list from the match.
Teammate Taylor Adams went off moments before Howe’s incident with a foot problem, while Geelong vice-captain Tom Stewart was taken out of the game at quarter-time because of a knee injury.
Fellow Cats defender Sam De Koning also had to leave the field with a knee problem, but was able to return.
Channel 7 commentator Jude Bolton said he had heard the thud of the Howe contest from the boundary line.
“That was huge. Stengle going back, eyes on the ball, and Howe coming the other way. When they both hit the ground, we could feel it vibrate. That is how big that hit was,” Bolton said.
Channle 7 did not show replays of the incident due to graphic nature of the injury.
“This is the risk that the players put their body in. Howe, time and time again flies for a ball, he puts himself at risk every time. You don’t want to see stuff like that,“ commentator Brian Taylor said
“I wouldn’t say confusion (out there), but certain degree of care being taken about this here because the arm that is broken is bad.
“It is worse than a normal break, let’s put it that way,” Taylor said.
Richmond great Matthew Richardson: “It’s a sick feeling, as a teammate.”
The players rushed to Howe when he was being stretchered off.
“Look at this. Look at this here. This is incredible to see the togetherness. The camaraderie. The care for their teammate,” Taylor said.
Luke Hodge said: “As much as you are trying to focus on the game, a lot of your thought is about your teammate. He put his body on the line and unfortunately that’s what happened to him.”
Taylor said: “Some forlorn faces here now to get their minds back on the job. And Jeremy Howe in a lot of discomfort. He will get some pain relief pretty quickly.”
After trailing by as much as 22 points in the third quarter, Collingwood roared back against the reigning premiers and won the heated battle, 19.11 (125) to 16.7 (103).
New Collingwood captain Darcy Moore was emotional post-match as he paid tribute to his fellow defender Howe.
“It’s heartbreaking, we go through so much together as AFL players,” Moore told Seven.
“You see one of your close teammates in a state like that, it’s pretty distressing and it’s pretty messed up that we then have to just forget about it and get on with the job.
“It’s a horrible part of the game, but we expect nothing less than Jeremy, he’s an incredible teammate and he puts his body on the line.
“So yeah, I’m getting a bit emotional just talking about.”
Moore had been heroic throughout the night and his run-down on tackle on former Pie Ollie Henry brought the Collingwood army to their feet.
In his first game for Geelong, Henry had a night of extremes.
Magpies fans booed him incessantly, but when he kicked a goal in the second term Henry put his hands to his ears in reply.
A couple of minutes later, Moore made Henry feel very humble right in front of the Collingwood army at the Ponsford Stand end.
– With AAP