Monday 15 October 2018

Don't risk getting out of bed - you might get injured

Ireland's Chris Barrett is tackled by Scott Pendlebury of Australia during the first test at the Adelaide Oval. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Ireland's Chris Barrett is tackled by Scott Pendlebury of Australia during the first test at the Adelaide Oval. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

How about this for nonsense? "Injured Stars Give Critics Ambition" ran a heading in The Australian newspaper on Monday.

"Pendlebury break threatens series" ran The Advertiser in Adelaide. Those alarmist headlines arose from injuries to Australia's Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) and Ireland's Pearce Hanley, the Mayo man who plays for Gold Coast.

Other Aussie newspapers ran with the story too, claiming that because two AFL players got injured, the future of the series might be in doubt. Now if they arose from outbreaks of violence or malicious intent there might be some basis for complaint but both were accidental.

As this picture clearly shows, Pendlebury hurt his middle finger when it snagged on Chris Barrett's jersey sleeve as he made a tackle.

The gist of the 'series is doubt' claims is that AFL clubs won't release top players for the international game in future in case they get injured.

Joe Kernan's response? "I don't believe that. Sure you could hurt yourself getting out of bed, but it doesn't mean you'll lie on the floor the following night just in case."

Irish Independent

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