Noble defends youngster’s shocker after ‘family loss’, Stewart has to face Tribunal over bump

North Melbourne coach David Noble has revealed that much-maligned youngster Tarryn Thomas struggled with the death of a family member during Roos’ loss to Adelaide.

Thomas came under fire during the game on Sunday afternoon for poor body language, ending up with just three disposals in his first AFL game after being shockingly left out for the Kangaroos farewell last week.

The 22-year-old was then involved in an exchange with a fan on Instagram that quickly spread on social media.

After the 57-point defeat, Noble said Thomas had “really struggled” following his grandmother’s death during the week.

“He wanted to play for his grandma and I’m sure he’s disappointed with the game he has put forward,” said Noble.

“He will not fly home with us … he will go back to support his family.”

Thomas was heavily criticized by former Rose great David King during the game at Blundstone Arena, with the Fox Footy commentator who accused him of being “completely disinterested.”

“I know he’s come in after a hiatus, he’s gotten some hard love from the football club and been dropped for training standards, so it’s a bit of a reality check for where his football is going after a great season in 2021,” King said.

“But he hasn’t been seen at all in 2022, and today… he just needs to free himself, let go and go play.

“What we have seen today is a player who is not interested in this football game at all. That is a harsh comment, but I have been watching him closely.”

The Roos’ loss was their tenth in a row with 47 points or more, leaving them in 18th place on the ladder with just one win and a 52.2 percentage.

Tarryn Thomas of the Kangaroos hand passes

Tarryn Thomas (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Stewart faces trial for assault against Prestia

Geelong star Tom Stewart has been sent straight to AFL for his bump that left Richmond’s Dion Prestia concussed.

Stewart ran past the ball with his shoulder making contact with Prestia’s head in the first quarter of the Cats’ thrilling win, leaving the Tigers star on the ground in certain scenes before being substituted out of the game.

The incident has been assessed as careless behaviour, serious impact and high contact by Match Review Officer Michael Christian, with a suspension of at least three weeks.

However, Fox Footy‘David King’ has criticized the AFL’s failure to take meaningful action to remove concussions from the game, urging the game to focus more on Prestia’s well-being than Stewart’s punishment.

“Everyone wants to focus on the outcome of Tom Stewart’s likely suspension. I want to turn the conversation back to Dion Prestia,” King continued first tear

“This is a time when we have to protect our own players. They are the assets of the game, we have to ensure a safe workplace. He was smashed in next week.

“I don’t know what the long-term damage is to him, I have no idea, but this is a sickening vision to see this young man being helped from the ground up.

“It took two or three minutes to get him out and he was in bad shape. It’s so sickening to watch.”

King accused Christian of not taking headbutts seriously during his time as MRO, which resulted in Stewart’s bump on Prestia.

He cited St Kilda’s Zak Jones as a good example on Saturday night who escaped suspension over a bump on Swan Luke Parker, who was considered ‘not unreasonable under the circumstances’ by Christian.

“We had no markings along the way. There is no one who gets two or three weeks; whether they’ve been released, or a fine, or a week – a blow with a wet lettuce leaf. And then we find ourselves here, and we go, ‘Oh, my gosh, how did this happen? This is an accident.”

“And we make excuses for the player: ‘This isn’t him, this is really just a snapshot’. And I get all that. But what about Dion Prestia, who relies on the game to protect his safety?”

Pies insisted on swapping Grundy as backup star rises

Former St Kilda great Leigh Montagna has urged Collingwood to consider a 50-50 ruck split between Brodie Grundy and Darcy Cameron, when the former returns from injury.

Grundy has not played since he injured his knee on ANZAC Day against Essendon. In his absence, Cameron has enjoyed the added responsibility, with his strong form continuing with an eight-mark, two-goal play to prove crucial in the Pies’ 11-point win over GWS.

Talk about Fox FootyMontagna said Cameron “fits better with Collingwood’s style as a ruck than Grundy,” urging the 28-year-old to become more of a factor as a striker to provide the balance the Pies need.

“He is” [Cameron] growing by the week and it will make for a great conversation if Brodie Grundy comes back on the wing because Grundy can’t mark the ball like Cameron can,” Montagna said.

Brodie Grundy is tackled by Darcy Cameron.

Brodie Grundy is tackled by Darcy Cameron during Collingwood’s training. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“You’ll have to play Grundy and Cameron. I think Mason Cox misses when Grundy is fit.

“I’d like to see Cameron do a little more ruck work than he normally would with Grundy on the side, almost a 50-50 split, rather than an 80-20 or 70-30.

“I think it’s time for Grundy to develop his forward ability to take the team forward.”

However, the Geelong 2011 premiership captain went further, saying the Pies should consider trading Grundy to ease pressure on their salary cap.

Grundy has five years left on a monster contract reportedly worth $1 million per season.

“If you could get Darcy Cameron at $400-500,000 to play at the same level as Brodie Grundy at a million a year, you would remove that $500,000 difference and spend it on another player who meets a different, very important need. ?” Ling said on Channel 7’s Al and Lingy Show

“I think it’s list management talks that can take place internally. Can we get Darcy Cameron at $500,000 and another player from another club at $500,000 and Brodie beyond?”

Cameron recently re-signed with Collingwood on a three-year deal.