Garry Lyon weighs in on Kane Cornes’ Patrick Dangerfield sledge

AFL: Chris Dawes believes his effort on one leg in
park footy is better than Patty Dangerfield at the
MCG against the Hawks.

Patrick Dangerfield has come under fire from Kane
Cornes.

GARRY Lyon has weighed into Kane Cornes’ accusation
Patrick Dangerfield has a reputation for “exaggerating
injuries”.

Dangerfield starred in Geelong’s 13.10 (88) to 12.13 (85) win
over Hawthorn on Saturday despite playing virtually on one leg.

The Brownlow Medal favourite injured his foot early in the
piece and played deep in the forward line, kicking five goals
and taking eight marks inside forward 50 to go with his 20
touches.

While there was no shortage of praise for the 27-year-old’s
heroic performance, not everyone was willing to buy the gun
midfielder’s show of toughness.

Port Adelaide premiership winner Cornes said while at the
Crows, Dangerfield was told by teammates he hammed up his
injuries a bit.

“He does exaggerate injuries,” Cornes said on the Sunday
Footy Show
.

“In his time at Adelaide, his teammates had to sit him down and
say, ‘Look, you do carry on a little bit with your injuries’
and he does.”

While many in the footy world will see Cornes’ sledge as an
unwarranted attack after Dangerfield led the Cats to victory,
Melbourne legend Lyon stands in support of the ex-Power star,
saying Cornes has no reason to fabricate anything.

“It was really strong from Kane and people pot him,” Lyon said
on SEN Breakfast.

“I think he is fantastic because he speaks his mind. If he is
definitively saying that his teammates at Adelaide said he
(Dangerfield) needs to get on with it, then that’s what
happened. I don’t think he is making that up.

“What is courage for one player could be different for another.
If you walked into the room halfway through the second
(quarter) you would have thought it was a bad corky, because
when he ran, he went flat out. You wouldn’t have known he was
injured when he actually went, it was when he stopped and
limped back to the goal square is when he looked in trouble.

“I think he was unbelievable but what is pain for one bloke may
not be that much for another.”

Dangerfield went down in the first quarter.

Dangerfield went down in the
first quarter.
Source:News Corp Australia

Dangerfield’s former Geelong teammate Jimmy Bartel says he
never noticed the Moggs Creek local exaggerating injuries when
the two played together.

“He genuinely goes hard, all the time flat out,” Bartel said on
RSN. “He does get battered around a bit because of the way he
plays.

“I never questioned (last year) whether he was hurt or not.

“He got collected in the ribs earlier this year, you could
forgive him for staying down a bit couldn’t you?

“Kane must have some very good inside knowledge then from the
Crows, if he’s gone with that.”

Having transitioned from the footy field into the media, Cornes
is rarely gun shy. He was called out for making “s*** comments”
by Richmond coach Damien Hardwick last week and Adelaide
captain Taylor Walker has joined the chorus.

The pair shared a tense exchange on the Sunday Footy
Show
yesterday.

Walker: Not a big fan of players that come out of the
game and don’t have a positive spin on the game because we all
love the game of footy.

Cornes: I think you’re angling for a media position at
the end of your career, Tex. It’ll be reasonably boring if
you’re all just positive and is it fair to say you don’t
necessarily see the positive things that are said about you and
your club, and you just focus on negative things which all
players do when they’re playing?

Walker: Yeah I always look at the positive things,
pretty glass half full, Kane. So (I) like to keep it that way.

When asked by Footy Show panellist Nathan Brown if there
was any chance of a reconciliation between the two, Walker
didn’t give an answer, leading Billy Brownless to emphatically
declare: “That’s a no!”

Pushed if he’d consider catching up with Cornes for a coffee,
Walker said: “Coffee inside a boxing ring or something is it?”

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