Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe hospitalised with broken arm after collision with Geelong player
Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe has been hospitalised and faces surgery after being stretchered off the MCG with a broken forearm in the Magpies’ pulsating 22-point AFL win over Geelong. This happened after Howe had a horrifying collision with Geelong small forward Tyson Stengle in the third term of Friday night’s eventful round-one clash.
Importance of Howe
“He’s such an important player, he’s a vice-captain, we all love him,” coach Craig McRae said of Howe. “So when you see one of the guys go down, one of the real good guys, that’s going to be a cost somewhere.” New Collingwood captain Darcy Moore was emotional post-match as he paid tribute to his fellow defender Howe.
The Magpies swamped Geelong with an eight-goal run from late in the third term and kicked five goals to none in the last quarter for an impressive win. Jordan De Goey, one of Collingwood’s best, put an exclamation mark on the win with a booming 50 metre shot for his third goal late in the last term. It is Collingwood’s highest score since 2018, when they made the grand final.
Injuries to Players
Geelong vice-captain Tom Stewart was also taken out of the game at quarter-time because of a knee injury. Fellow Cats defender Sam De Koning had to leave the field with a knee problem, but was able to return. When Stewart and De Koning were hurt, they appeared to have trouble with their footing on the playing surface, which was re-laid after the Ed Sheeran concerts earlier this month.
Reaction to Game and Injuries
“To compromise the surface is a strange decision to make voluntarily … it was an own goal, I reckon,” Geelong coach Chris Scott said post-match. Last year’s Rising Star Nick Daicos showed no early signs of second-year blues with an outstanding game for the Magpies, racking up a match-high 35 disposals. In his first game for Geelong, former Collingwood player Ollie Henry had a night of extremes.