When Jeremy Cameron knocked out young Lion, Harris Andrews, the question on everyone’s lips was: How many weeks will he get and will the Giants be able to win without him?
Cameron remorsefully responded to claims that he is a thug and denied that he intentionally went out to hurt Andrews. The tribunal have still come down hard on the Giants star forward and given him a five-week suspension.
Losing Cameron is going to make things tough for the Giants who already are in a precarious position after an indifferent 2018, already without a number of key players due to injury. Currently on the sidelines are: Brett Deledio (calf), Toby Greene (foot), Rory Lobb (back) and Tom Scully (ankle).
Cameron is one of the game’s best young forwards and this year he has kicked 35 goals from 12 games to be second in the Coleman Medal race only behind Ben Brown, who has kicked 40 goals. He is averaging 16 disposals and 6.4 marks per game and is a crucial part of the Giants side.
The Giants have won without their stars in the past and they have other quality forwards, including Jonathan Patton and Harry Himmelberg, however without Greene, Lobb and Cameron, this puts a lot of pressure on the rest of the team.
Based on current form and the fact that Cameron won’t be in the side, the outlook is not good for the Giants. They may only win two of their next five which will mean they will miss the finals in 2018. Even this week’s game against Hawthorn is no certainty considering the Hawks are coming off a 53-point win over the Suns and are in reasonable nick.
Their next few games are huge and if they are to play finals this year they must win four of the next five, and perhaps all five.
We’ve gone through their next five games and predicted the outcome.
Giants v Hawks at Spotless Stadium – Win
Giants v Eagles at Optus Stadium – Loss
Giants v Richmond at Spotless Stadium – Loss
Port v Giants at Adelaide Oval – Loss
Giants v Saints at Spotless Stadium – Win
If the Giants were to miss the finals this year, the ramifications could be huge for Leon Cameron. Whilst the Giants coach has led the team to two successive preliminary finals, missing the eight could spell the end of his tenure.
While injuries have hurt the Giants’ season, the fact that they are still yet to make a grand final with this impressive list may force the board to make a big call on their coach’s future.
Giants fans will be hoping someone steps up in their star forward’s absence over the next month, otherwise they can kiss goodbye season 2018!