Suns star Wil Powell’s horrific leg injury stops play during Gold Coast’s win over Adelaide
GRAPHICS WARNING: Wil Powell sustains leg injury, so horrendous broadcasters REFUSE to show a replay during Gold Coast win over Adelaide
- Wil Powell collapsed in pain after being hit by Ned McHenry in the third quarter
- McHenry immediately called for help because of the seriousness of the injury
- The Suns star used the narcotic ‘green whistle’ when he was taken off the field
Gold Coast have overcome the loss of Wil Powell to a horrific leg injury, beating Adelaide by 43 points to boost their hopes for AFL finals.
The Suns triumphed 18.8 (116) to 10.13 (73) at Metricon Stadium on Sunday to come within one win of the top eight.
But the celebrations were dampened after Powell was dragged into an attempted tackle by Adelaide’s Ned McHenry in the third quarter and immediately grabbed his lower right leg.
McHenry called for medical attention and the broadcast showed what appeared to be a fracture above Powell’s right ankle, with his foot at an awkward angle.
Split second before disaster: Ned McHenry crashes into Powell’s right leg, leaving the limb horribly twisted, bringing the game to a halt
McHenry immediately sought medical attention when the extent of the injury was revealed
Powell was seen on the green whistle as he was driven off the field on the medicab
The game was held up for more than five minutes while medical staff attended to Powell on the field before he was driven away in a medi cab.
The vision was so horrifying that the television channel chose not to show a repeat.
“Wil is such a good club man and brings such a good energy to our football club and we love him,” Suns co-captain Jarrod Witts told Fox Footy.
“Hopefully it’s not too bad, but it didn’t look too good.
“We probably put it to sleep there after the injury, but we were able to get it back on our terms.”
Gold Coast led by 29 points when Powell went down. They also lost Connor Budarick to a hamstring injury, while Adelaide’s Riley Thilthorpe was substituted with an ankle injury shortly after the restart.
Heavy pressure from the Suns prevents Adelaide’s Reilly O’Brien from marking the ball
Goals for Taylor Walker and substitute Lachlan Murphy helped Adelaide close to twenty points three quarters of the time.
But the Suns kept their opponents at bay, kicking away with eight goals in the final period to take a third straight win, their fifth in six games.
Mabior Chol, Izak Rankine, Ben Ainsworth and Levi Casboult each scored three goals, while Gold Coast put in a three-figure score for a third consecutive game.
Izak Rankine celebrates one of his three goals for the Suns. He was one of the best on the Gold Coast as they recorded their fourth win of their last five games
Rankine also had two goal assists and 10 score involvement in a selfless display.
Matt Rowell (19 divestments, seven clearances), Noah Anderson (27, five) and Touk Miller (24, three) fought hard in the middle for the Suns.
Adelaide’s Rory Laird (42 disposals, five clearances), Matt Crouch (31, seven) and Sam Berry (25, 12) all tried to get the visitors across the finish line and Darcy Fogarty kicked two goals.
After trailing by six points in quarter-time, the Suns took control with a six-goal second run.
Chol scored two quick goals to kick off the run and two for Holman at the start of the third quarter increased the home side’s dominance.
At that point, they had kicked eight of the nine goals.
Powell and Budarick’s injuries threatened to derail the Suns, but they resisted the Crows’ attempts to fight back and dominated the final term.