GEELONG coach Chris Scott has labelled Kane Cornes’
comments about Cats’ star Patrick Dangerfield as
The mentor hit back at Cornes following suggestions by the Port
Adelaide premiership player that Dangerfield exaggerates
Dangerfield picked up a foot problem during the first quarter
of Geelong’s three-point triumph over Hawthorn on Saturday, but
returned to the field to produce a best-on-ground display as a
Scott said comments by Cornes the following day were wide of
“I think it’s attention-seeking behaviour, so I’m inclined to
not give it too much attention,” Scott told AFL360 on Monday night.
“As a coach you like to defend your players if you feel they
need to be defended, (but) Patrick Dangerfield doesn’t need me
stepping in for him.
“I tend to think it was a comment that was a legacy of the old
Port-Crows rivalry rather than anything that reflected Kane’s
“Patty played through broken ribs earlier in the year without a
peep so my experience with him is he deals with pain pretty
Dangerfield kicked five goals, collected 20 disposals and took
12 marks in the advanced role against the Hawks despite
carrying what was later found to be bone bruising of the foot.
“He does exaggerate injuries,” Cornes said.
“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’.
“He does (carry on), so I’d be surprised if he missed with that
injury yesterday (Saturday).”
Dangerfield mocked Cornes’ comments when he turned up at a
press conference on Monday with his head bandaged, an arm in a
sling and on crutches.
Scott said the 27-year-old, whose injured foot was in a moon
boot, remained a chance to face the Crows and would be given
until noon Friday to prove he had recovered.
“The scan has cleared serious damage and now it’s just a matter
of how quickly it comes up,” Scott said.
“The long-term outlook is so murky that it’s not even really
Originally published as
Cats coach slams Cornes’ Dangerfield claims