Coach Ken Hinkley is adamant Port Adelaide gamers Tom Jonas and Zak Butters had no concussion points after they clashed heads closely within the AFL loss to Richmond.
Port’s administration of the 2 gamers instantly after they left the bottom on Thursday night time is definite to return beneath AFL scrutiny.
It is the key speaking level out of the 12-point loss to Richmond on the MCG.
Hinkley defended veteran membership physician Mark Fisher, bristling at post-match questions on how Port dealt with the state of affairs.
Jonas and Butters returned to the sector with bandaged faces just a few minutes after what Hinkley himself known as “a success”, though Butters needed to go to the bench for additional remedy close to the top of the match.
It was Fisher’s name to not put the 2 gamers by 20-minute concussion protocols.
The collision and its aftermath has reignited dialogue within the AFL about concussion, which is a significant subject all through world sport.
However Hinkley mentioned the 2 gamers weren’t concussed, including he spoke to them instantly after the sport.
“They each obtained bashed up … (however) they weren’t laying down they usually weren’t fainting, they weren’t doing something foolish, they had been speaking to me very clearly – ‘aw mate, I will have an enormous black eye, however I am fairly good’,” Hinkley mentioned.
“They’re robust gamers, too … that is a success, for individuals who do not suppose the sport’s robust.”
Hinkley made it clear he has full religion in Fisher and workforce soccer supervisor Chris Davies, who had been on the bench as the 2 bloodied gamers left the sector.
“I’ve a health care provider who’s been with our footy membership for 25 years and the dialog between our physician and our soccer supervisor (Chris Davies) … was these boys, they haven’t any subject with concussion,” Hinkley mentioned.
“So if anybody has a problem on that, they usually really feel extra certified than Mark Fisher … be happy.
“However I believe it is advisable to be actually, actually certain that you simply’re not making an attempt to umpire or make some calls from exterior the fence when you haven’t any data.”
Hinkley bristled when requested if there would have been additional evaluation had the collision occurred earlier within the recreation.
“Do you suppose a health care provider of 25 years would take a danger with concussion, with the seriousness of the accidents that go on now with concussion? … Would you like him to return to medical faculty?”,” he mentioned
Hinkley was additionally requested whether or not he anticipated AFL scrutiny over the matter.
“I anticipate they will ask questions round quite a lot of issues – accidents, incidents, all kinds of issues,” he mentioned.
“However that is a standard course of for the AFL.”
The Energy had activated their medical sub earlier than the collision, after Trent Dumont suffered a calf harm.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick, who was a premiership participant and assistant coach at Port, additionally strongly backed Fisher.
“I do not suppose there is a sport on this planet that appears after their gamers in addition to the AFL,” he mentioned.
“They’d by no means put a participant in danger.
“They make a fast evaluation and that is what they do, that is what they’re paid to do.
“It’s important to love that about our recreation – you would not see a collision like that wherever else on this planet.”
Six years in the past, Port had been fined $20,000, with half of it suspended, for breaching concussion guidelines when Hamish Hartlett was allowed again on the bottom too shortly following a head knock.
However there have been extenuating circumstances, with the Port chief medical officer attending to a different injured participant on the time.