Geelong forward Tom Hawkins had onlookers gasping at training on Wednesday afternoon, after the big Cat toppled over, favouring his left ankle.
The timing couldn’t have been more cruel, with Geelong undertaking its last training session for the year.
Hawkins’ day was ended after his ankle rolled in a marking contest with teammate Mark Blicavs, with the 30-year-old taken from the field in a golf cart.
And he wasn’t getting much sympathy from his teammates.
“I just said get over it mate, enjoy your Christmas break,” Blicavs said.
“He just stood on my foot in those one-on-one contests, it’s just a roll but he’ll be fine.
“When he first hit the deck I wasn’t sure, you’re always worried to make sure your teammate’s OK but he said it was just an ankle, so I’ll leave him with the physios.”
Hawkins is coming off an awesome 2018 in which he kicked 60 goals, the third most of any player in the AFL.
While entering the twilight of his career — he’s contracted until at least the end of 2020 — Hawkins remains Geelong’s most important forward and will be critical to the club’s success next season.
He’ll be working alongside to new teammates, with Gary Rohan (Sydney) and Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs) joining the club.
Meanwhile, emerging forward Esava Ratugolea is still on the road to recovery, after he broke his ankle in May.
Geelong kicks off its 2019 campaign against Collingwood at the MCG on Friday 22 May.
Published by Staff Writers, 20th December 2018 on foxsports.com.au