Giant Callum Brown in strife over high shot on Swan Tom McCartin

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Giants forward Callum Brown is sure to be the latest AFL player under the microscope after opting to make high contact in Saturday’s clash with the Swans.

The AFL has sent a clear message in 2024 that contact to the head won’t be tolerated, with a number of players handed heavy suspensions over head-high bumps, including St Kilda’s Jimmy Webster (seven weeks) and Port’s Sam Powell-Pepper (four).

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Now 23-year-old Brown made high contact with Sydney defender Tom McCartin in a move that forced the Swan to be subbed out of the game.

It occurred early in the second quarter, after Harry Himmelberg kicked the ball long out of defence.

It bounced in front of McCartin on the wing, who accelerated towards it only to be met high by Brown coming from his left.

“Oh dear,” David King said in commentary as soon as the hit happened.

“That’s a nasty hit,” Alastair Lynch added.

When a replay of the incident was played, King added: “No, that’s no good. You can’t brace like that and make that sort of contact anymore.

“He chooses to bump, at the end he chooses to bump.

“I know he’s coming at speed and he’s got some decisions to make, but the one outcome that he must prevent is contact with the head.”

McCartin, who just like his retired brother Paddy has a history of concussion issues, was left flat on the turf and suffered a cut under his left eye.

He was soon substituted out of the game after failing a Head Injury Assessment (HIA), indicating the affect the shot had on the defender, and Brown will be nervously awaiting the outcome of the AFL’s Match Review Officer.

There was a quick fallout on social media from people watching on after the hit.

“Callum Brown probably in a bit of trouble for that. Shoulder got McCartin’s head and McCartin came straight from the ground. Going down to the rooms,” journalist Lachlan McKirdy wrote on X.

“Callum brown will probably get 4 weeks for that,” was another comment.

“He’s in trouble,” wrote another.

“Enjoy the holiday!! But who knows with the tribunal,” suggested a fourth.

The loss of McCartin is a big blow to Sydney’s defensive line, although the home side rallied to take a 6.8 (44) to 5.5 (35) lead at halftime at a wet SCG.

The Giants also suffered an injury, with gun midfielder Tom Green subbed out after hurting his ankle.

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