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Giants sink Dockers, Greene to come under match review spotlight

Greene put himself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons after elbowing Reece Conca in the midriff during the final quarter.

The contact was undoubtedly intentional and to the body so Greene’s availability next week hinges on whether Michael Christian grades the impact, which left his opponent on his haunches gasping for breath, as medium or low.

Jeremy Cameron celebrates after scoring a goal at Optus Stadium in Perth.

Jeremy Cameron celebrates after scoring a goal at Optus Stadium in Perth.Credit:Getty

An assessment of medium would result in a one-game suspension though he will escape with a fine if it is marked as low. Giants coach Leon Cameron is confident Greene will not be suspended.

“I’ve seen the incident late in the game. I spoke to Toby and he said he brushed him aside,” Cameron said.

“Clearly, he went down but all the talk in our locker room was he’ll be fine. Clearly because it’s Toby it will be a headline, we’re used to that. We’re not worried.”

The coach said he was rapt with the performance of star forward Jeremy Cameron, who kicked four goals – his best return this season – after just one major in his two games since entering quarantine in Perth.

David Mundy contests for the ball.

David Mundy contests for the ball.Credit:Getty

It came just days after Cameron, an avid angler, was able to go fishing for the first time in a month.

“He’s probably found it pretty tough in hub life. He’s a man who likes to get outside, likes to be on his fishing boat, chill out, train and play footy,” the coach said. “So he’s found it the hardest.

“I could not question his effort throughout the last few games. His last six or seven weeks has always been there, just his output.


“Those little one percenters in terms of pointing at the right time, leaping at the right time, ready for a surge ball, I thought he got back to enjoying his footy, probably released the shackles a bit.

“No doubt he wanted to prove a point he could still hit the scoreboard. To kick four goals against the third best defence in the competition was really pleasing.”

Though the reigning Coleman Medallist set the tone with two goals in the first quarter, it was a forward at the start of his career, Jake Riccardi, who put the Dockers to the sword in the second half.

With the game up for grabs in the third quarter, the second-gamer imposed himself on the match in a manner worthy of a Josh Kennedy, Tom Hawkins or Jack Riewoldt.

It was not just the three third-quarter goals – and four for the match – that last year’s No.51 draft pick bagged but the vigour with which he launched at the contest.

The Giants have been crying out for a big forward who can hold up a pack – and Riccardi, who kicked two goals and held 10 marks on debut last week, is showing signs he could be that man.

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