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Unlucky blow for Cat, Chris Scott floats changes after dour tussle

McDonald said after the match that he felt the impact of the fateful hit immediately.

“We were just moving side to side, put the lock on, which we do at most stoppages, and then he sort of went for the bump as well,” McDonald told The Age.

Off the ball: Video vision captured the incident between Tom Stewart and Tom McDonald (bottom left) in which the Geelong defender suffered a collarbone injury.

Off the ball: Video vision captured the incident between Tom Stewart and Tom McDonald (bottom left) in which the Geelong defender suffered a collarbone injury.Credit:Channel Seven

“We got each other pretty solidly. I felt it straight away, it was a pretty solid hit. I reckon I just got him on the top of the shoulder, he sort of got me on the side of the arm. I think it might have just been a bit of unlucky positioning. But we definitely hit each other with a little bit of force there. I’ve heard it might have been a clavicle, but hopefully nothing too serious.”

The two sides kicked just two goals each in the first half as the Cats looked to control possession, ultimately racking up 112 marks to 52 for the match.

While Scott stressed that he wasn’t advocating for a reduction in players on the ground, he said that would be a way to help open the game up.

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“I’m assuming the spectacle wasn’t great. I always find it hard to judge because we’re looking at different things, but at least, you watch most of the games and think, ‘teams aren’t getting blown away early.’ So it depends what you’re looking for. Do you want a real contest where it’s close and anyone can win, or do you want something that’s really pleasing to the eye. It’s in the eye of the beholder I guess,” Scott said.

“The short answer is, I think we do have a bit of a responsibility [to make the game attractive]. But I think the responsibility is more with the rule makers and with the AFL. I think I’m on record as saying, they ask the coaches too much. Coaches are in a really good position to give feedback around what the tactical response might be. I’m not pushing this agenda, I want to be really clear. In a way, I’d rather invest less time in making the game better so I can just do my job and have other people be empowered to do the things they need to do.

“So if we want to make the game less congested, last week we played Carlton in some match practice, 16 v 16 at Geelong, and it was exhilarating. 14 v 14 at Port Melbourne [against Melbourne], and once one team got the ball and moved it fast you couldn’t stop them. But I hear the traditionalists saying, ‘stop mucking around with the game, it’s never going back to what it was.’”

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