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
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
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
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
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