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Drunken duo leave Cats with more headaches

By Melissa Ryan
August 8, 2005

A bad weekend for Geelong got worse last night with news that Steve Johnson and Andrew Mackie were detained by police in the early hours of yesterday morning for being drunk in a public place.

Still reeling from a 41-point loss to St Kilda on Friday night, which resulted in further injuries to an already depleted side, the Cats confirmed the players had been arrested following 21st birthday celebrations for Mackie, who has a hip injury and has not played since round 12.

The pair were reportedly among several people arrested at Geelong nightclub Home House.

In a statement, Geelong chief executive Brian Cook said the players would not be charged. "The police have confirmed that the players were detained for being drunk in a public place," Cooke said. "The police also confirmed to the club today that the players were not disorderly and no charges have, or will be laid."

Coach Mark Thompson is expected to announce today what punishment the players will receive.

The Cats lost Corey Enright for the season in Friday night's game, X-rays revealing the midfielder had seriously damaged his A/C joint.

Paul Chapman has a hamstring strain and will be monitored, as will Josh Hunt (corked thigh). Defender Cameron Mooney (bruised back) will again be looked at, after being ruled out of Friday night's loss to St Kilda.

Charlie Gardiner (hamstring), Paul Chambers (knee) and Mackie could return in the VFL this week.

The Cats play Melbourne — which also has injury concerns — in a must-win clash at Skilled Stadium on Saturday.

Melbourne has a horrific record at Skilled Stadium, not having won at the ground since 1988, but the Demons could regain captain David Neitz (knee), Nathan Carroll (concussion), James McDonald (shoulder), Matthew Whelan (finger/suspension) and Travis Johnstone (flu). Colin Sylvia, meanwhile, will have surgery on his shoulder today.

Demons football manager Chris Fagan said Neitz's knee injury had improved over the weekend. But many of the players the Demons were forced to bring in grabbed their opportunity against Adelaide to play reasonably well, including Shannon Motlop. The Demons have lost seven in a row to fall to 11th on the ladder.

St Kilda has lost defender Max Hudghton with a hamstring injury in its quest to secure a top-four finish. The Saints have a crucial match this week against the fifth-placed Kangaroos, with both level on 12 wins.

Hudghton is out for the last three matches of the home-and-away season, leaving him needing to prove his fitness on the eve of the finals.

Competition leader West Coast, preparing for the derby against Fremantle on Friday, has concerns about a foot injury to ruckman Dean Cox and an adductor strain to Phil Matera.

Sydney midfielder Jude Bolton received knocks to his shoulder in the win over Essendon and has a sore A/C joint.

Essendon defender Dustin Fletcher rolled his ankle and was forced off the ground in a critical time against the Swans, and will be monitored this week.

- with Chris Evans

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