Garry Lyon has lined up an AFL star for his “ridiculous” act last weekend, accusing him of trying to be tough but failing miserably.
Garry Lyon has taken aim at GWS ruckman Braydon Preuss after the Giants star was suspended for a week.
Preuss copped a one-match ban for his off-the-ball strike on Fremantle’s David Mundy and will miss Saturday’s blockbuster against reigning premiers Melbourne, leaving the inexperienced Matthew Flynn to handle ruck duties against superstar Max Gawn.
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Giants coach Leon Cameron was disappointed in his big man and Demons legend Lyon also took aim on Thursday morning.
“He made an interesting decision to go to Melbourne at a time when they had the best ruckman in the competition, and he’s had injuries,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.
“He’s gone to the Giants, he’s exactly what they need given that ‘Mummy’ (Shane Mumford) has left, a big fella in there with a physical presence.
“They play Melbourne this week, who have got the best one-two ruck combo that’s giving all sorts of heartache to opposition clubs and he goes and gets himself suspended last week.”
“That was really poor, and he’s apologised. I’m reading here he’s apologised to the club for what he did.
“When you talk about footballers and what they do and where they sit — that’s just a really dumb thing to do.
“I’m looking at the incident right now — it’s 20 years ago footy and it’s not tough.
“He’s gone, ‘This is what I’ve got to be’, and he throws some ridiculous round arm and now he’s not going to be there for the game against Melbourne.
“I’m so disappointed for the GWS Giants fans out there, to have to go into that game without him. It puts them under enormous pressure.”
Preuss joined the Giants in 2021 but had been playing just his second game for the club against the Dockers after shoulder and pectoral injuries ruled him out of last season.
Cameron voiced his frustration with Preuss but was confident he would learn from the incident.
“Clearly we need to take two big men in to combat Gawn and Jackson. Their combination, everyone knows how good it is,” Cameron said.
“We’re not going to sugar-coat it; I’m disappointed (with Preuss’ strike). I’ve spoken to him about it.
“We’ve spoken about that and he’s addressed the group; he’s disappointed he’s let the team down. It’s cost us this weekend.
“He needs to learn from that, he needs to understand that white line fever … but I’m confident he will. We need him out on the park.”
Originally published as ‘It’s not tough’: Garry Lyon tears AFL star to shreds for ‘dumb’ act