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Fedele hurt as Cats fall to Tigers

Michelle Fedele in action before being injured. (Geelong Cats Image/Arj Giese)

SPEEDSTER Michelle Fedele has been taken to hospital after suffering a suspected broken ankle in Geelong’s 22-point loss to Richmond at Punt Road Oval on Saturday.

The game was stopped for more than five minutes midway through the final quarter as the Cats’ medical staff tended to Fedele.

“She went to make a tackle, I believe, and she’s got her foot caught up in the situation; a real nasty fracture it looked like,” coach Natalie Wood said.

“Our medical team is with her at the Epworth at the moment.

“I haven’t got an update as yet, but there will be a fracture of some description.

“Hopefully’s it’s just one bone, but we’ll wait and see.”

Fedele wasn’t the only injury concern for the Cats, with young defender Denby Taylor failing to see out the first term after suffering a concussion.

“She hit her head on the ground and was quite dazed afterwards,” Wood said. “She was out for the rest of the day.”

“I really respect and I’m really proud of the group for their resilience to watch two of their teammates suffer injuries and keep going about their business was outstanding.”

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A five-goal second quarter burst by the Tigers proved the difference.

After Geelong was able to withstand some early Richmond pressure to lead by seven points at quarter time, the Tigers turned the contest on its head in the next 20 minutes.

“It was a fantastic response to Richmond’s pressure and ball use that they brought in the first quarter,” Wood said.

“But in the second quarter, they got away for a 10-12 minute period. (Monique) Conti and (Katie) Brennan in the middle, we were just weren’t able to stop their influence, and they piled on a few goals.

“But, outside of those two periods, we were really competitive and there’s a lot to like.”

AFL listed midfielder Julie Crockett-Grills impressed in her first VFL game for Geelong, while Madi Maguire, who had a run-with role with Conti, kicked two goals as her impressive start to the season continued.

The Cats will take a 1-4 win-loss record into next week’s bye before a meeting with the Casey Demons at GMHBA Stadium on June 22.

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RICHMOND  2.1, 7.1, 7.4, 8.7 (55)

GEELONG  3.2, 3.3, 4.3, 5.3 (33)

Goals: Richmond: J. Colwell 2, K. Jacques 2, E. Gunn, T. Stahl, C. Wakefield, J. Kennedy

Geelong: M. Maguire 2, J. Crockett-Grills, O. Purcell, R. Webster

Best: Richmond: M. Conti, G. Campbell, K. Jacques, L. Davie, A. Makur Chuot, G. Egan

Geelong: J. Crockett-Grills, M. Maguire, O. Purcell, R. Goring, R. Webster, M. Keryk