Simon Goodwin delivers ‘unusual’ post-match comments on Brayden Maynard incident
Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has weighed in on the controversial incident that concussed Angus Brayshaw throughout the Demons’ loss to Collingwood on Thursday night time.
Early within the first quarter on the MCG, Max Gawn handballed to Brayshaw out of the centre and the midfielder burst ahead and kicked inside 50.
Maynard jumped ahead in an tried smother and picked up Brayshaw excessive along with his shoulder, which you’ll see within the video above.
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Brayshaw was instantly out chilly and required prolonged consideration on the sphere earlier than leaving the sphere on a stretcher and in a neck brace, whereas Maynard was reported for the excessive contact.
The Collingwood vice-captain will now nervously await match assessment officer Michael Christian’s evaluation of the incident.
Coaches hardly ever converse on match assessment incidents post-match, often saying they didn’t see it.
However Goodwin was clear in his evaluation.
“You’ll be able to solely go by the info. He jumped off the bottom and knocked a man out,” he mentioned after the match.
“(Brayshaw) is upset.
“He’s clearly had a historical past with concussion a very long time in the past so he’s clearly coping with some emotion there.
“However he desires to play finals footy. He’s going to be lacking for a couple of weeks and it’s disappointing.”
Radio commentator and former AFL star Daniel Harford mentioned it didn’t look good for Maynard.
“I feel he’s in bother,” Harford mentioned on RSN.
“If you’ll soar – and I do know it was a smothering movement … – if you’ll soar up at velocity and are available at anyone, then you’re the one accountable for the contact and the way that occurs is on you,” Harford mentioned.
“I feel that’s what the state of affairs might be and that’s what the MRO will say … did he do sufficient in his obligation of care to restrict the injury to the oncoming participant?”
An incident involving Jacob van Rooyen and Daniel McStay will even be scrutinised after the younger Demon collected McStay with a excessive hit.
Goodwin mentioned he “hasn’t actually seen an excessive amount of of it, however fairly positive McStay stayed on the bottom”, when the truth is, the Magpies ahead hung out off the bottom present process a concussion take a look at earlier than returning to play out the sport.
Collingwood coach Craig McRae hopes Maynard will keep away from suspension.
“The act itself, didn’t look it had a lot malice. I’ll depart it as much as others to determine if that’s worthy of a suspension or not. I don’t know,” he mentioned.
Maynard defined his actions post-match and was left shattered for Brayshaw.
“I don’t need to say an excessive amount of, but it surely’s a footy act,” he informed Channel 7.
“I got here ahead, I jumped to smother the ball and yeah, sadly I simply acquired him on the way in which down. So I don’t know. We’ll have to attend and see what occurs.
“Nevertheless it’s all love. I completely love that man to bits. So yeah, it’s shattering what occurred.
“It’s annoying. However we’ve form of acquired to maneuver on. It’s a bloody intense recreation. It requires lots mentally and in addition bodily. In order that’s why we’ve constructed for this. It’s finals.”
The consensus from the footy world is Maynard was making an attempt a smother and it was a pure accident that he couldn’t keep away from.
However given the concussion to Brayshaw, it’s arduous to know which method Christian’s resolution will land.
Geelong captain Patrick Dangerfield modified his tune barely after initially believing Maynard can be high quality when the incident occurred.
“Once I first noticed it, my preliminary intuition was it’s a footballing act,” he mentioned on Channel 7.
“You’re within the air, you then have an obligation of care to your self, I feel, to brace for affect.
“He does flip late and is that simply what you do while you’re in that place?
“Brayshaw’s clearly unable to guard himself on this state of affairs. It’s a very tough one to evaluate, I feel.”
Due to the intense harm to Brayshaw there isn’t a center floor in a possible suspension.
It’s both no case to reply or a prolonged suspension, which is able to rule the vice-captain out of a possible grand remaining.
Maynard is anticipated to be taught his destiny on Friday afternoon.