Mumford and Cameron out for the season



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    Greater Western Sydney’s hopes of a maiden AFL premiership have taken an almighty blow, with key forward Jeremy Cameron and imposing ruckman Shane Mumford to play no further part in their finals campaign.

    Cameron suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday night’s qualifying final loss to Adelaide, while Mumford fractured his foot in the same game.

    The pair will be sorely missed in Saturday’s semi-final against West Coast at Spotless Stadium but also the preliminary final and grand final, should GWS progress that far.

    Mumford is regularly referred to as the Giants’ barometer by teammates because of his attack on the ball. Cameron is arguably their most talented forward, who starred in the only finals win of the expansion club’s short existence.

    Dawson Simpson, essentially signed by the club in 2015 as a Mumford insurance policy, will almost certainly play his first final of a career that has spanned two clubs, 30 games and 10 seasons.

    “Dawson came in and played a couple of games for us this year and played a really good role for us, so I’ve got full confidence in Dawson,” GWS co-captain Callan Ward said on Monday.

    Simpson was named first ruck in the NEAFL team of the year, while standing at 210cm and 109kgs he boasts a similar frame to Mumford.

    There is no like-for-like replacement for Cameron but Steve Johnson, Devon Smith, Tim Taranto, Ryan Griffen and Will Setterfield headline the list of Giants in the mix for a recall.

    “I’ve got full confidence in whoever comes in,” Ward told reporters.

    “Even in the second half (against Adelaide), I thought we played some really good footy and Jez wasn’t there.”

    Injuries have threatened to derail the Giants’ season throughout 2017.

    Griffen, Taranto, Smith, Johnson, Brett Deledio, Stephen Coniglio, Jacob Hopper and Nick Haynes are among the many players to suffer serious setbacks.

    Ward suggested there was no point dwelling on the Giants’ poor run, likewise this week’s enforced omission of two of their most influential players.

    “You can’t blame injuries. It’s part of the game. We’ve probably been a bit unlucky this year,” he said.

    “But other clubs have as well. We just have to deal with it.”

    Ward praised the attitude of Cameron, who was an upbeat onlooker at Monday’s training session, following his third hamstring setback in the space of two months.

    “He’s been up and about, I think he knows the importance of him being positive around the group,” Ward said.

    “The last thing the boys want to see is a guy walking around with his head between his legs.

    “It’s a tough situation for him.”

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    • September 12th 2017 @ 7:13am
      I ate pies said | September 12th 2017 @ 7:13am | ! Report

      Oooooh, there goes GWS’ premiership chance. Too bad, so sad.

    • September 12th 2017 @ 8:10am
      Mattyb said | September 12th 2017 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      Cameron out could be a blessing forGWS as they’re clearly to tall and the coach hasn’t been willing to accept this. Mumford out is a bit of a loss.
      Selwood from Geelong will also be interesting,firstly how he pulls up after playing injured on the weekend,secondly whether he can play while injured. It appears he really struggled with the injury last week and now the cats are stuck in a cut throat final.

      • September 13th 2017 @ 12:37am
        Don Freo said | September 13th 2017 @ 12:37am | ! Report

        If they’re too tall, I wouldn’t mind them trading Patton to Freo.

        He is the best of all those high draft key forwards, including Hogan. Boyd, McCartin, Schache, Cameron, Moore, even Daniher…Patton’s the best. Now his knee is OK, watch him explode.

        • September 13th 2017 @ 8:46am
          Mattyb said | September 13th 2017 @ 8:46am | ! Report

          I think your spot on there Don,good call. Now Pattons over his knee and maturing he’s starting to show he could be the best big man out of that lot,Daniher is one that could also be considered a stand out also as you’ve acknowledged in your comparisons also.
          Talking of talls forwards,did you see Tabener on the weekend? Goodness me,his form this year has been much better but he absolutely dominated. He played so well words can’t even describe it. It was one of those performances you had to see to believe,unbelievably dominate performance.

          • September 13th 2017 @ 12:41pm
            Don Freo said | September 13th 2017 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

            Watched it live and on TV replay. He has been in that kind of form all year at Peel to the degree he is a class above WAFL level.

            Ross has been right to keep him out until he showed week in, week out consistency, otherwise he might have remained one of those Casboult/Vickery types that just perform once every 10 weeks. Now, Freo will probably offer him a 2 year contract at least but he possibly now has a whip hand because other clubs have started to notice. I hope he stays. The upside is fantastic.

            On another point; Jake Stringer! Bigger and better than Mitch McGovern. I hope Freo is interested.

            • September 13th 2017 @ 1:12pm
              Mattician6x6 said | September 13th 2017 @ 1:12pm | ! Report

              Young kids in Victoria will keep him there and I would’ve thought he and McCarthy are to similar players to operate in same fwd line

              • September 13th 2017 @ 1:26pm
                Mattyb said | September 13th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

                Yeah I think Mattician is right that it might be a bit hard for Freo to get Stringer due to his kids but you never know.
                I’m not sure what’s going on there,either the club is fed up with his laziness or they have a big name lined up and are trying to secure the right capital. One thing I do think is there will be a total feeding frenzy from clubs that are interested that could raise his price pretty high.

              • September 13th 2017 @ 2:37pm
                Don Freo said | September 13th 2017 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

                He can bring those kids with him. McCarthy can do a Taberner and earn his spot…as can Stringer, mind you.

                Apeness and Tabs will be Freo’s dominant key forwards next year, I’m tipping. Stringer would be a bonus, changing with Fyfe through the midfield and eventually stepping up for Mundy in 3 years time.

              • September 13th 2017 @ 6:08pm
                Mattician6x6 said | September 13th 2017 @ 6:08pm | ! Report

                Freo don’t have a 2nd round pick this year do they don? Will be good to see Ryan in eagles colours next year then.

              • September 13th 2017 @ 6:19pm
                Don Freo said | September 13th 2017 @ 6:19pm | ! Report

                Freo doesn’t need Ryan (we’ve already got one!). WC desperately need that explosive, creative flair and it will really benefit Kennedy and Darling.

              • September 13th 2017 @ 9:25pm
                Mattician6x6 said | September 13th 2017 @ 9:25pm | ! Report

                Darling, Kennedy, rioli and Ryan could cause a lot of trouble if all pans out that way

          • September 13th 2017 @ 8:25pm
            Col in paradise said | September 13th 2017 @ 8:25pm | ! Report

            Agree – said it a while ago Saints should go for him or GCS Lynch

    • September 12th 2017 @ 9:40am
      Mattician6x6 said | September 12th 2017 @ 9:40am | ! Report

      Could lead to interesting selections for both team, no greater chance to bring in nic and get minutes into legs, without mummy gws lose 75% of their physical presence, without Cameron could force gws and wce to go smaller in fwd/defence so wouldn’t be surprised if wellingham gets a game.

      • September 13th 2017 @ 12:40am
        Don Freo said | September 13th 2017 @ 12:40am | ! Report

        Mummy’s been off his game for a while now. I suspect WC would have preferred him to play. He was dead weight. Barras would have had Cameron’s measure anyway.

        • September 13th 2017 @ 9:36am
          Mattician6x6 said | September 13th 2017 @ 9:36am | ! Report

          Mummies ability to injure players legally is still there given half a chance so I’m happy he’s not out there.
          I agree on barras but as his style can at times be high risk high reward a player like Cameron could exploit that with limited chances so I Also see his absence as a positive.
          Anyone aware of cognilio? Any word on how he’s pulling up?

    • September 12th 2017 @ 10:06am
      Connor said | September 12th 2017 @ 10:06am | ! Report

      Not bad from the Weagles. Scrape into the finals by literally 2 goals because their opponent wasn’t trying, and now they’ll probably make a Prelim. Who knows, if its dry you’d give them a bit of a chance against Richmond

    • September 12th 2017 @ 11:00am
      rusty said | September 12th 2017 @ 11:00am | ! Report

      This is turning into the dream run for west coast.

      • September 13th 2017 @ 12:42am
        Don Freo said | September 13th 2017 @ 12:42am | ! Report

        I think they are making their own luck, Rusty.

        Beating Adelaide then taking down Port at home is not just ‘a dream run’.

    • September 12th 2017 @ 12:11pm
      Curious George said | September 12th 2017 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

      West Eagles will be loving this run of events

      If they win they will play Richmond Tiger

      When they win that they are in the GF with the Crows

      Not a bad matchup

      Grand Final Predictions?

      • September 12th 2017 @ 7:05pm
        Hipocritic said | September 12th 2017 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

        Not as silly as it sounds George.
        It is possible because:
        1. WCE have regained what they have not had since the 2015 GF – “true belief”.
        2. Beating Adelaide by enough margin to qualify and beating Port in an extended game in front of a hostile crowd is understated.
        3. The Shuey free kick saga is working in WCE’s favour by dodging hype and allowing the team to concentrate on the next challenge – GWS.
        4. The special efforts of Shuey, Mc Kenzie, Kennedy, McGovern and Jetta at the death has shown how much commitment is there.
        5. Nic Nat is a handy “emergency” and can be used at any time.
        6. If they beat GWS who have injury and form concerns, WCE play Richmond who would only have played 2 game in 4 weeks which may go against Richmond.
        7. As per the example above, WCE have had some luck go their way and they are also starting to make their own luck.
        8. Priddis, Mitchell and Petrie want to retire on a pinnacle and will be desperate to get the flag.
        9. Kennedy is back and WCE lost a lot of close ones while he was out.
        10. Redden and Jetta are now well entrenched in the team and growing by the game.
        11. If they get past GWS and Richmond they are a chance to win the GF.
        12. They have beaten Adelaide, Geelong, Sydney and Port.
        In saying the above unlikely but I would love to see a few experts faces if it happened.

        • September 12th 2017 @ 9:08pm
          Mattician6x6 said | September 12th 2017 @ 9:08pm | ! Report

          Would add that we were only beaten by gws in time on in both games even though we played average and got within 10pts of Richmond at the MCG even though they kicked with a five goal breeze in the 1st and 3rd, were we only got it in the 2nd as the last was a torrential thunderstorm.

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        September 12th 2017 @ 10:02pm
        anon said | September 12th 2017 @ 10:02pm | ! Report

        The travel will catch up with West Coast by the third quarter this week.

        • September 13th 2017 @ 8:18am
          Mattician6x6 said | September 13th 2017 @ 8:18am | ! Report

          Very possible anon, history is certainly in favour of that line of thinking but its finals and if true eagles supporters can’t dream then we may aswell give up and stay home this week.