AFL Grand Final 2020, Richmond vs Geelong, Patrick Dangerfield, elbow, MRO, Michael Christian, Nick Vlastuin, knocked out

Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield has avoided any potential sanction after a stray elbow left Richmond’s Nick Vlastuin concussed.

The Tigers defender was taken from the field in the opening minutes of the 2020 Grand Final after Dangerfield made high contact.

Vlastuin was unable to take any further part in the club’s triumphant third Grand Final victory inside four years, with Match Review Officer Michael Christian explaining the incident in detail.

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Patrick Dangerfield interview, ‘dirty’ act, Nick Vlastuin, video, elbow, knocked out, Richmond vs Geelong

Patrick Dangerfield has been waiting his whole career to finally reach an AFL Grand Final and he wasted no time making an immediate impact.

The Geelong star flattened Richmond’s Nick Vlastuin in a chaotic opening to the first quarter that also saw Cats veteran Gary Ablett leave the field with a serious shoulder injury that ruined the retiring hero’s night.

After Ablett was brought down in a crunching tackle by Trent Cotchin, Dangerfield and Vlastuin charged for the ball and the Cat got there first, punching the Sherrin away as his opponent bore down on him.

But bracing for contact with the Tigers defender, Dangerfield cocked his elbow and collected Vlastuin in the head.

Vlastuin was knocked out cold and the game was stopped for nearly eight minutes while medical staff attended to him. He remained motionless on the ground before eventually being put on a stretcher, then taken off the ground on a medicab.

The 26-year-old was quickly ruled out of the Grand Final and later made his way to the bench to watch the remainder of the action from the boundary line.

Some said Dangerfield’s blow was accidental and a reflex reaction as he headed for a big collision with Vlastuin, but others weren’t showing the midfield gun the same sympathy.

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Sports writer Sam Vecenie tweeted: “That was UGLY from Dangerfield. He’s going to be out a couple rounds to start next season.”

Daniel Joyce said on Twitter Dangerfield is “dirty” while another sports writer, Tim Barrow, took aim at the Channel 7 commentators for defending Geelong’s superstar.

“Um, quite clearly Dangerfield should be suspended. Not that he’ll care if he wins a flag. The commentary is just awful,” Barrow wrote.

Former football reporter Ray Gatt chimed in, adding: “Just saw the elbow. Surely that guy gets cited and suspended for six weeks?”

After another heavy hit later in the first half, journalist Wendy Carlisle noted: “That’s two elbows form Dangerfield.”

Steve Taylor gave him the moniker “Patrick ‘elbows’ Dangerfield” while Peter Brown said “the elbow could be a match winner” as Richmond’s defence initially struggled to gel without Vlastuin before finding its groove.

On the other side of the fence, Aussie baseball star Travis Blackley said the hit was “totally not intentional” and “Dangerfield was clearly defending himself”.

Journalist Xavier Mardling said Dangerfield “hit the ball and only got (Vlastuin) high after (his) arm slid up upon contact. Be unlucky to cop a ban”.

Dangerfield, who failed to have a major impact as Richmond won a third flag in four years with a 12.9 (81) to 7.8 (50) victory, also downplayed the Vlastuin incident.

“I didn’t think there was much in it” he said. “I was trying to tap the ball away and there was three Richmond players coming toward me.

“Had there been something in it there would have been repercussions on the field, but for everyone it was just play on. It’s a contact sport.”

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Penguins’ Malkin undergoes elbow surgery

FILE PHOTO: Aug 7, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (71) skates against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of Eastern Conference qualifications at Scotiabank Arena. Montreal eliminated Pittsburgh with a win. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

August 17, 2020

Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin had surgery on his left elbow Monday and will need three to four weeks of recovery time, the team announced Monday.

The 34-year-old forward should return in time for training camp before the 2020-21 season, which is scheduled to begin in December.

The surgery was performed at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital by the team physician, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, and Dr. John Fowler of UPMC Shoulder and Elbow Orthopedic Surgery.

A three-time Stanley Cup winner, Malkin has scored 1,076 points (416 goals, 660 assists) in 907 games over 14 seasons with the Penguins. He won the Hart Trophy in 2011-12 and the Art Ross Trophy in 2008-09 and 2011-12.

In 2019-20, he scored 74 points (25 goals, 49 assists) in 55 games. He had one assist in four games in Pittsburgh’s 3-1 series loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the qualification round earlier this month in Toronto.

–Field Level Media

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