Pssst: Ex-Cat Egan accused of not taking advice on foot

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Matthew Egan in action in 2007. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Matthew Egan in action in 2007. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Matthew Egan in action in 2007. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Matthew Egan in action in 2007. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

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An orthopaedic surgeon accused of negligence over the treatment of a foot injury that ended former Cat Matthew Egan’s career has hit back, according to documents lodged in the Supreme Court.

Egan filed  his writ in August, claiming damages and costs for alleged negligent treatment by Geelong club doctor Chris Bradshaw and orthopaedic surgeon Mark Blackney.

However, a recent affidavit lodged by Blackney and his lawyers, John W Ball and Sons, accuses Egan of not adhering to the expected recovery plan.

“Further, if there was any negligence or breach of agreement on the part of first defendant which was a cause of injury, loss or damage to the plaintiff (which is denied) the plaintiff was contributorily negligent,” the document says.

“He (Egan) failed to heed advice to remain non-weight bearing or alternatively in a CAM walker during an end-of-season players’  holiday to Bali.

“He performed activities which resulted in him weight-bearing on his right foot or taking off his CAM walker, including dancing, whilst on the Bali holiday contrary to medical advice.”

Egan played his final game in round 22, 2007, against the Brisbane Lions, having suffered a navicular stress fracture, but was not delisted until after the ’09 campaign.

It is alleged Blackney conducted surgery on Egan’s foot on September 3, 2007, with the defender beginning what is reportedly said to have been an “aggressive rehabilitation program” on September 14. He had hoped to return in time for the grand final but, on September 18, Egan complained of pain. His season was over.

Egan has alleged he was not told there was “virtually no prospect” of him returning for the grand final, nor that it would typically take about five months to recover.

Slater & Gordon medical lawyer Nick Mann says Egan’s career was ruined because of the alleged treatment he received.

AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon has received a subpoena to produce medical, health and financial records, while AFL Players Association lawyer Brett Murphy has been asked to supply any documents relating to payments made to Egan. The trial has been set for October 19.

Egan, 31, has been an assistant coach at Essendon since 2011.

Nostradamus Dank

Stephen Dank might have missed his calling. While he offered no comment about drug-related matters when asked by Samantha Lane following Friday’s AFL Anti-Doping tribunal verdict, he did say that “in relation to tonight’s NRL game, the Bulldogs will beat the Sea Eagles by 12 points”. Final score: Bulldogs 28, Sea Eagles 16.

Telling it straight

Carlton’s Levi Casboult has all the physical attributes to be an intimidating forward – but his kicking for goal remains a major concern. Casboult had worked assiduously with assistant coach Brad Green on his technique through the summer, but it remains literally a hit-and-miss prospect. So much so that one of the league’s finest kicks from a rival club was overheard saying: “How about Casboult? That’s the worst technique I have ever seen.” The Blues hope former Collingwood and North Melbourne dead-eye Sav Rocca can improve Casboult’s percentage.

Meanwhile, Magpies coach Nathan Buckley was asked during the week whether his club’s sports science department kept a tight rein  on goalkicking loads. His response was interesting. “That might have been an issue five years ago but not so much now. There can’t be any compromise on it. The more you doing something, the more chance you’ve got to improve on it.”

Who ran Collingwood’s high performance team five years ago? It was former Magpies fitness boss David Buttifant, who followed Carlton coach Mick Malthouse to Visy Park, and has been fiercely defended by Malthouse in recent weeks amid question marks over the Blues’ ability to run out games.

Look who’s talking

For someone who had the signature rebuff “Curtly talks to no one”, it’s been a big week for West Indian fast-bowling legend — and media recluse — Curtly Ambrose. He had one end of the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in his hometown of Antigua named after him, released an autobiography and began life as an assistant coach alongside new Windies mentor Phil Simmons, for the Test series against England.

He also recently made his feelings clear on sledging. “I was never sledged. At 6ft 7in and bowling 90mph, it is not the best thing to do. I’ve heard other guys being sledged, though,” Ambrose said.

“I’ve had our batsmen come to myself and the other quicks to make a complaint and say ‘you have got to take care of so and so’. Sledging happens and I don’t believe in it. I don’t believe it is part of cricket. If you are a good enough player you should let your bat or ball do the talking for you.”

There was a poignant moment too on day one of the first Test, when only days after the death of Richie Benaud, Alastair Cook lost his wicket to make the England score 2/22. If there is a heaven, Richie was curling his lip in delight.

Bowing out

Word from Augusta is that Sir Nick Faldo will join Tom Watson in bidding farewell to the sport when St Andrews hosts The British Open in July.

Three-time Open champion Faldo, 57, has not made a public announcement but the word is that he wants to concentrate fully on his television career.

The model footballer

It seems Jack Gunston is Hawthorn’s model of choice. In the past fortnight, Gunston has been selected to model both the Hawks’ controversial new silver clash guernsey, and the pink socks the team will wear on Sunday afternoon against the Western Bulldogs to raise awareness for the Cancer Council Tasmania. For all the fuss, the star forward said he didn’t mind the new jumper even though he acknowledged “it’s a bit different”.

Captain Clanger

The Melbourne Stars announced the signature of three new players on Friday. The first was Michael Clarke, the other two were lower-profile; Adam Zampa and Evan Gulbis. It was Clarke’s job to read out the the new names, but unfortunately the information sheet he was given had a typo. In a true Ron Burgundy moment, Clarke introduced the world to “Even Gulbis.”


2 minutes to midnight for… Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson who has been reinstated as a player by NFL commissioner. Peterson was suspended after being charged with hitting his four-year-old son with a tree branch last May.


Knighthoods are OK it seems in New Zealand where an online petition lobbying for terminally ill New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe to be gonged has attracted more than 5000 signatures. The petition established on wants the 52-yearold former batsman to become Sir Martin. Crowe became the third New Zealander to be inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame in February.


57.92 seconds is the new men’s 100 metres breaststroke world record after Britain’s Adam Peaty set the mark in London on Friday.

20-year-old Peaty beat the previous record of 58.46 set by South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh during the 2012 Olympic Games.

50-metre world record is also held by Peaty, who said of his 100m mark: “I just dived in hoping for a 58 really.”

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