Dangerfield to let his play do the talking against Crows
PATRICK Dangerfield will “reserve” his comeback to Josh Jenkins’ barb for Friday night’s preliminary final as the Brownlow Medallist prepares to take on Adelaide.
Former Crows team-mate Jenkins cheekily said last week there would be “nothing better” than knocking Danger- field and his Geelong mates out of the premiership race.
“They do have to get there (to the preliminary final) first,” Jenkins quipped.
“But if he marches into town with his Geelong teammates, there’d be nothing better than beating him and reminding him that perhaps he should have stuck around with us and he could be a Brownlow Medallist and a premiership player.” Dangerfield was privately annoyed by the remarks and yesterday said he would answer them when he walks on to Adelaide Oval.
“Adelaide have been the best side all season, but why not us?” Dangerfield said.
“I thought that was a tad interesting (Jenkins’ comments which assumed his team would make the grand final).
“It’s been started from one end (the sledging). You’ve got to get there first, don’t you?”
Dangerfield slotted 4.3 from eight shots on goal in the first half with his surprise shift to full-forward rocking Sydney.
Champion Data yesterday revealed 11 of Dangerfield’s 12 possessions before half-time were inside forward 50m.
He did not collect another disposal in attack for the rest of the match, instead spending the last quarter mopping up in the back half.
Cats coach Chris Scott told Dangerfield on Wednesday that he would be used out of the goalsquare.
“It went to plan,” captain Joel Selwood said of the move.
“He’s so dangerous that we’d love to have a few of him we could put all over the ground.
“He was outstanding early and the guys around the ball did a good job, but they’re a quality side and we knew we had to be good around the ball to give him a chance.”
Swans captain Josh Kennedy was disappointed Dane Rampe and Callum Mills couldn’t contain Dangerfield.
“He took a few good grabs early and got them going, (but) I’d back on our defence to take on anyone down there,” Kennedy said.