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Fighting Irish: Setanta O’hAilpin king hits Cameron Cloke

Setanta O’hAilpin’s kinghit

In a likely career-ending move, a scuffle at the Carlton practice match headlines a day of bad news.

Irish import Setanta O’hAilpin has reportedly king hit Cameron Cloke while playing in the Carlton practice match today. According to media and fan reports (Herald-Sun, Fox Sports), the two players were in a scuffle, Cloke dropped to his knees and O’hAilpin connected with a left hook to Cloke’s jaw, followed by a kick to the lower back or buttocks after Cloke had slumped to the ground. The peacemaker in the incident was Brendan Fevola, which is an indication of how bad it was!

According to AFL rules, umpires can lay charges in incidents in practice matches in which they officiate, which was the case here, and while there was unofficial video footage of the incident taken, it is unclear whether that can be used in any charge. O’hAilpin’s career had been on tenterhooks as it was, and this is likely to be the final straw before he joins Tadhg Kennelly on the plane back to Ireland. Cloke claimed not to be injured after the incident. UPDATE: O’hAilpin has been suspended indefinitely by the club.

The same can’t be said for Carlton team mate Andrew Carrazzo, who went down in the same match with a suspected dislocated elbow. UPDATE: His X-ray results have yet to be confirmed show that it was actually a compound fracture of the forearm that will require a plate to be inserted, putting him out for eight to 10 weeks.

In another blow for fantasy coaches looking for variety in their premium backs, Andrew Welsh injured his ankle today at Essendon training, with one early prognosis that it was a broken bone that would take 12 weeks to heal. UPDATE: Further speculation is that 12 weeks is at the low end of expectations, with the worst case scenario is that it’s a Nathan G. Brown-type double fracture of the leg that would put him out for the year. FURTHER UPDATE: The Herald-Sun is now reporting a fracture dislocation of the ankle that will put Welsh out for four months, dating his return to the split round in mid-June.

Here it comes, folks! The usual rash of preseason injuries never fails to put dents in fantasy plans. Who are you most hoping gets away scot free from the predictable carnage? Tell me in the comments.



  1. tom

    February 6, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    i hope coxey and cuz get through unscathed, hey monty are you going to have a stab at the team structure this year like last year?

  2. Sam

    February 6, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Bloody Carrazzo.. will have second thoughts about picking him now even if is right to play R1.

  3. Hugh

    February 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I hope Coxey and Cuz make it too Tom. I also hope C Cornes and Richo make it through.

    I’m assuming the Cats premiums will be fine but imagine there would be a mass shake up if any one of them fell.

    Yeah Monty, let us see what you think the ’09 teams will be for Rnd 1

  4. EagleHank

    February 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    What a load of crap, Back in my hay day in Kambalda there were plenty of fights in the preseason. I once king hit smitty from the dirtyminers in a scratchie, We went and had a beer after.

  5. Chad

    February 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Anyone know the rough translation for a dislocated elbow? 6 weeks from the start

  6. m0nty

    February 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Hugh, I did the R1 team projections two posts ago.


    tom, I’ll be doing a structure post soon, along with many others.

  7. James

    February 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Definately hoping Chad survives the pre-season now with Carrazzo iffy.

    Monty, is there any chance you can bring fanplanner DT up to date? I’ve become accustomed to making team changes where I can see the stats easily 🙂

    No hurry.

  8. Nick

    February 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    That looked like a kick to the groin. Bad news on Carrazzo, I wonder how Chris Johnson will come out of it.

  9. tom

    February 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    great work monty keep it up

  10. Heater

    February 6, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Good point, Nick. If Carrazzo is out it might leave the door open for Johnson as well as fantasy coaches.

  11. peppers

    February 6, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    welsh out for four months apparently (herald sun)… who takes his place for R1? myers? skipworth? dempsey?

  12. Brendan

    February 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Can’t we just wish for no one to get injured?

    … Except all the Port players.

  13. Chad

    February 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Bit of jealousy there Brendan?

  14. chris

    February 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Myers apparently was running through the midfield in that same match in which Welsh was hurt.

    He played in defence for a bit, but when moved up into the midfield rotations he made an impact. Interesting to note.

    As for Welsh replacements, Heath Hocking seems to be getting mentioned.

  15. walesy

    February 6, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Where’s your sense of adventure guys? If Coxy got injured, imagine the different lineups! ??

  16. dedem

    February 6, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    while we talk about coxy, who thinks michael gardiner is worth the risk?

  17. XztatiK

    February 6, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “Can’t we just wish for no one to get injured?

    … Except all the Port players.”

    Good call Brendan! I can see Dean Brogan or Daniel Motlop doing something like this. Bloody mongrels…

  18. Macca

    February 6, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    What is a “king hit”?

    I don’t think Cloke was “king hit”

  19. XztatiK

    February 6, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Queen hit???

    We’re not going down to ‘Prince Hit’. It was harder than that.

  20. dylan

    February 8, 2009 at 1:39 am

    monty is it possible for u to put up the dt scores of the all stars vs the crows game? i cant find stats anywhere for these and since i missed the game i would like to see how everyone did

  21. AFL blog - contestedfooty

    February 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Was a decent punch the kick was light as. It was more like ‘hey, get up’ kick than a ‘i wanna kill you’ kick.

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