Jack Higgins plays on for THREE MINUTES despite being struck by another concussion blow
Jack Higgins is still playing for THREE MINUTES despite being hit by another concussion when St Kilda staged a third-quarter blitz to move into the top four after a big win over Geelong.
- Jack Higgins was hit by another concussion hit for St Kilda on Saturday night
- The Saints star has been plagued by blows to the head throughout his career.
- St Kilda staged a third-quarter blitz for a morale-boosting win over Geelong
- They kicked seven unanswered goals to get back into the top four
St Kilda’s reputation as third-quarter specialists has continued, with the Saints crushing the Geelong Cats in the third period at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.
While the Cats scored two of the first three goals of the period to take their biggest lead of the contest, the Saints scored five straight goals from the back of central clearance dominance to turn Geelong around. It was the eighth time the Saints have won the third quarter this season.
It was an all-out rush for St Kilda, with 20 inside 50 and seven goals to four, putting them ahead after losing most of the match.
St Kilda staged a third-quarter blitz to bounce back from back-to-back defeats on Saturday
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Zak Jones celebrates after kicking a goal as the Saints returned to the top four of the AFL
The win snapped a two-match losing streak for the Saints that included a narrow loss to Port Adelaide in Cairns and last week’s loss to the undefeated Melbourne Demons.
However, St Kilda could face scrutiny after leaving swingman Jack Higgins concussed on the pitch for three minutes despite his history of head injuries and brain surgery.
Higgins was replaced during the second quarter with a concussion and was replaced by Marcus Windhager, on an emergency injury basis. It’s a worrying sign for the Saints given Higgins’ history of concussions.
However, Jack Higgins received another concussion hit and continued to play for three minutes.
The forward has already missed one game this season due to concussion protocols after taking a hit from Richmond’s young gun Hugo Ralphsmith and required surgery for a brain hemorrhage from concussions in 2020.
It was a complicated surgery that could have resulted in permanent paralysis or even death for the young striker, who admitted he had been playing through headaches at the time.
Compounding the Saints’ problems, inspirational captain Jack Steele also left the contest with a suspected right shoulder injury. Steel was brought down over the sideline by Geelong’s Jake Kolodjashnij. He immediately left the field and went straight to the race to be evaluated but did not return in the first half.
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Commentator Cameron Mooney said the hit on Higgins was innocuous, but it was three minutes before St Kilda carried him off the pitch.
“Both Jacks are gone at the moment, but it looks like Steele could come back,” he said in Fox Sports’ halftime comments.
‘Higgins is the one that happened in the middle of that quarter, he took a little hit from Kolodjashnij.
It wasn’t a huge success, but we know you’ve had surgery in the past, Jack, so we wish you all the best.
“But this happened and about three minutes later he was still on the play and then he was substituted after that.”
Steele returned later in the third quarter with a heavily bandaged shoulder.