The AFL world was left in shock on Sunday when Gold Coast Suns young gun Wil Powell suffered a gruesome leg injury.
Gold Coast overcame the loss of Powell to beat Adelaide by 43 points in a boost for their AFL finals hopes.
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The Suns kicked eight final-quarter goals in the 18.8 (116) to 10.13 (73) triumph at Metricon Stadium on Sunday to move within one win of the top eight.
But celebrations were tempered after Powell was dragged down in an attempted tackle by Adelaide's Ned McHenry during the third quarter and immediately grabbed at his lower right leg.
McHenry immediately called for medical assistance and live broadcast vision showed what appeared to be a break above Powell's right ankle, with his foot hanging at an awkward angle.
Play was held up for more than five minutes while medical staff attended to Powell on the field before he was driven away on a medi-cab with the green morphine whistle in his mouth.
He was then taken to hospital for further assessment.
“Oh my goodness, that is horrific,” Dwayne Russell said on Fox Footy.
“He is in a world of pain. The pictures are pretty graphic.”
Dermott Brereton added: “That leg is turned at right angles from where it should be. That’s horrible.
“This is a horrible sight.”
Suns co-captain Jarrod Witts later told Fox Footy: "Wil's such a good clubman and brings such good energy to our footy club and we love him,"
"Hopefully it's not too bad but it didn't look too good.
"We probably lulled there for a bit after the injury but we were able to get it back on our terms."
Caught just a glimpse of that, and don’t want to see it again. Thoughts with Will Powell. Well done to Fox Footy for not showing replays. #AFLSunsCrows
— Andrew Wu (@wutube) June 19, 2022
OMG Will Powell. No. No. No.
Absolutely gut wrenching. A player I really like watching at the Suns. #aflsunscrows
— Nat Edwards (@Nat_Edwards) June 19, 2022
Wil Powell is such an incredible, cheeky, charismatic kid. Spend ten minutes in his company and you realise why everyone loves him. Serious leg issue as Budarick damages his own hamstring. Season-ending injuries to Ben King, Lachie Weller, now Powell. Makes you feel a bit sick
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) June 19, 2022
That is absolutely sickening. Poor kid Wil Powell 😢😢😢
— Tim Rosen (@timrosen35) June 19, 2022
that is the most horrific vision of wil powell’s injury 😭 that is SICKENING
— josh daicos supremacy (@grundyisbae) June 19, 2022
Another horrific injury this round, thoughts to Wil Powell #AFLSunsCrows
— Andrew (@LittleDogg20) June 19, 2022
Gold Coast Suns edge towards Top 8
Gold Coast kicked six second-quarter goals to take control of the contest and led by 29 points when Powell went down.
They also lost Connor Budarick to a hamstring injury, while Adelaide's Riley Thilthorpe was substituted out with an ankle injury soon after the restart.
The Crows cut the margin to just 13 points as the final quarter ticked into time-on but Gold Coast held off their opponents and kicked away to post a third consecutive win, their fifth in six games.
"The pleasing thing was, obviously with a couple of injuries, we were down but we didn't stop running," Suns coach Stuart Dew said.
"At three-quarter time we spoke about winning the game, not defending the game.
"There's some things we can tidy up but we took our opportunities when they presented."
Mabior Chol, Izak Rankine, Ben Ainsworth and Levi Casboult kicked three goals each as Gold Coast compiled a triple-figure score for a third straight outing.
Rankine also had two goal assists and 10 score involvements in an unselfish display.
Coach Matthew Nicks noted there were familiar themes to a defeat that left the Crows with a 4-9 record.
"The final margin is really disappointing," he said.
"I feel like a broken record; it's execution and unfortunately today it was at both ends.
"We had some horrific turnovers in our back half and we found ways not to score when it was a lay-up.
"It's hard to watch and I feel for our members and our supporters."
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