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AFL Round 18 Feature Match Between Crows and Cats

If we were part of the sledge Patrick Dangerfield movement, we would report that he dislocated his jaw whilst brushing his teeth and would therefore be unavailable to play in the match of the week, when the Geelong Cats wander onto the Adelaide Oval for a match against the Crows, but we are not of that ilk.

It is true, however, that Dangerfield will not be on ground when the match bounces, as he has a foot injury, which while it appears not too serious, is the sort of thing that should be rested, lest the Cats risk losing their star midfielder and presumptive Brownlow Medal winner for much longer than one game.

The Crows, on the other hand, expressed confidence, or at least he himself did, that Rory Sloane would be on the ground after a period of time without any concussion symptoms.

“I haven’t had a headache since the incident happened,” Sloane said. “I suppose I have been really lucky because I know a lot of concussions, especially at our footy club, have been a big issue over the last couple of years. And we have had a lot guys who have missed a bit of time in football due to concussion. We certainly take it very seriously. There’s a lot of hoops you have got to get through.”

Sloane still has to undergo further testing, but he has trained, mildly at any rate. Sloane expressed conviction that he could pass the baseline concussion protocol, much as he did in a similar situation earlier in the year.

The Crows may be lacking defender Jake Lever due to a hamstring tightness issue. Key forward Josh Jenkins is doubtful because of food poisoning. Roast ham was the offending food.

Sloane’s teammate Andy Otten offered the observation that Sloane appeared fine and denied rumours that he needed assistance to locate his car in the car park.