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‘I feel for our supporters’: Hopes of MCG grand final fade as Demons seek news on pre-finals bye


“People like to plan, they like to plan what’s going on, they like to understand where things are at. The more we can give people an indication of what that looks like, the better because you do base some decisions at this time of year around that. I think there’d be a lot of clubs at the moment that would be looking at that and thinking they could make some decisions based on what’s going on, so the more information we get the better.

“We’ll just do whatever we’re given. We just want to know. That’s one of the approaches we’ve taken all year.

“If anyone is sore or haven’t recovered then they won’t play, but you won’t see mass changes from us. We’ll be pretty consistent in how we line up.”

Goodwin acknowledged that he felt desperately for his club’s long-suffering fans, given Victoria’s COVID-19 situation has left the state at major risk of relinquishing the grand final for the second straight season.


“I feel incredibly for our supporters. I feel for all supporters in the competition, but I mainly feel for ours. They’re craving coming to the MCG to see their team compete, win and play in some significant games,” Goodwin said.

“We can still feel their support through the messages, through social media. But we would love our supporters here. They need to know from us that we are doing everything we can to play the best footy for them, and we want to make them proud.”

Joel Smith, a late replacement for May on Sunday, cramped up at times during the game but is not seriously injured.

Dangerfield had been reported for a high hit on St Kilda’s Brad Crouch on Saturday while Hawkins was looked at for a tackle, which left Darragh Joyce subbed out of the game with a head knock.


”The ball is bounced and St Kilda ruckman Rowan Marshall taps the ball behind his left shoulder. The ball is loose as Crouch and Dangerfield approach the contest from opposite directions. Dangerfield is then pushed by St Kilda’s Zak Jones as he approaches the contest, which results in Dangerfield making high contact with Crouch. It was the view of the match review officer that Dangerfield’s actions were caused by circumstances outside of his control. No further actions was action,” the MRO said.

Of the Hawkins incident, the MRO said: “Joyce takes possession of the ball in St Kilda’s defensive 50 and runs towards the centre of the ground before hand-balling to a teammate. While Joyce is disposing of the football, Hawkins runs from behind and applies a tackle – in one motion – on Joyce, which carries both players forward. The momentum of the tackle results in Joyce’s left shoulder and then head making contact with the playing surface. It was the view of the match review officer that Hawkins’ actions were not unreasonable in the circumstances. No further action was taken.”

Meanwhile, Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks again stopped short of guaranteeing that Taylor Walker would be at the club next year following the former skipper’s racial slur aimed at North Adelaide’s Robbie Young.

“I’ll make it very clear: we haven’t distanced ourselves from Taylor Walker whatsoever,” Nicks said, noting that the club was working through Walker’s future.

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