AFL great Garry Lyon has called out St Kilda forward Jade Gresham for his post-goal antics after he appeared frustrated with under-fire youngster Anthony Caminiti. Collingwood ended St Kilda's undefeated streak with a six-point victory in AFL's Gather Round.
Youngster Caminiti is facing a lengthy ban after his off-the-ball incident left Collingwood's Nathan Murphy concussed. However, coach Ross Lyon would have also been concerned about his player's reaction to a goal during the loss.
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During the game, Caminiti didn't pass to Gresham and instead headed towards the goal as he practically walked the ball in. Gresham was seen yelling for the ball as Caminiti closed in on goal.
After the six-pointer, Gresham appeared annoyed at being snubbed and didn't celebrate. His reaction didn't go unnoticed and Melbourne great Lyon pinpointed the act as the kind of reaction the coach would want stamped out of the club.
“These are the little changes that he’s hoping to make,” Lyon told Fox Sports' On The Couch. "The reaction from Gresham for me is saying: ‘This is about me. Why didn’t you give it to me?’
“There was no going over to pat him on the back. There was no well done. There’s no excitement on the back of this. Goals were hard to come by at this stage. There was only six in three quarters. You celebrate the good.
“I remember the great Geelong sides going back to Cam Mooney’s days and everyone else. They got greater joy giving them rather than just taking them. The moment there for Gresham is not to go: ‘What about me?’ It’s to go and celebrate with him.”
Nathan Buckley said Caminiti needed to take some blame for the incident, having agreed some of the great teams of the past would have handballed to a teammate. Lions great Jonathan Brown was more critical and said Gresham needed to do better.
“Gresham has to be better than that. He had a poor night,” Brown said. The game was full of drama and another moment that summed up Lyon's attitude he is bringing to the club this year involved Ben Paton and Jack Ginnivan.
Paton tackled Collingwood's Ginnivan before the umpires called for the ball. However, when Ginnivan put his hand out for help up, Paton ignored him.
When it was put to coach Lyon, he shared a laugh over the incident. “I hadn’t thought about it. Would you have helped him up?” Lyon said.
“There’s a time for sportsmanship. I liked what Dimma (Damien Hardwick) said, it’s OK to push and shove, but there’s a time to put your head over the ball. I think we’ve all evolved a bit haven’t we. A lot gets said out there. A lot gets said and done. Who knows.”
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During the game, Muprhy was left concussed after a run-in with Caminiti. Vision shows Murphy forcefully pushing Caminiti, before the youngster responded with a left.
Murphy appeared to duck in an attempt to get out of the way, but it ended up collecting him in the head and leaving him dazed on the floor. The St Kilda star was removed from the field, but appeared to share some stern words towards his rivals as he exited the field.
Collingwood says Nathan Murphy will miss Anzac Day with concussion. It doesn’t help Caminiti at all at the MRO. It is the latest in a long line of concussions for Murphy. Not sure how that factors into the grading. Caminiti reacted to a push but clearly hit Murphy high @FOXFOOTY pic.twitter.com/CazN8JbubF
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) April 16, 2023
However, Collingwood's coach Craig McRae confirmed backman Murphy will miss the Anzac Day clash against Essendon, who also boast four wins and a loss. "I haven't seen the incident but he has obviously been concussed somehow," McRae said in his post-match press conference.
Caminiti will face the AFL Tribunal over the incident with many expecting him to face a number of weeks on the sideleine.
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