Moment Blues star Zac Williams breaks down in tears after horror Achilles injury as Blues spoil Leon Cameron’s final game as coach
- Zac Williams appeared to suffer an Achilles injury in the first quarter
- Carlton utility crumpled to the ground while running to contest a mark
- He immediately grabbed the back of his lower left leg and was in discomfort
- Trainers tried to console a tearful Williams as they helped him off the field
- 27-year-old ruptured his Achilles in January 2018 while playing for GWS
A serious injury to Zac Williams marred Carlton’s win over GWS on Sunday, as the Blues utility appeared to suffer an Achilles injury.
Carlton improved to 7-2 for the season and consolidated fourth place on the ladder courtesy of a 15.15 (100) to 11.9 (75) win, which ensured Leon Cameron’s final game as Giants coach ended in defeat.
The 47-year-old became the first casualty of the AFL coaching carousel this season, with GWS announcing on Wednesday that he will depart the club after Round 9.
Carlton utility Zac Williams suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles against GWS
His farewell, however, was overshadowed by Williams’ horrific injury in the first quarter.
Looking to contest a mark, Williams crumpled to the ground as he ran and immediately grabbed the back of his lower left leg.
The umpire stopped the game to allow medical staff on the field to assist the 27-year-old, who looked visibly in distress and struggled to hold back the tears as trainers helped him off the field.
Williams then sat on the bench with his head in his hands as teammates and medicos did their best to console him.
The 27-year-old immediately grabbed the back of his lower left leg as he fell
And was visibly in distress as he was helped off the field by trainers on Sunday
A ruptured Achilles could mean up to 12 months on the sideline for Williams, who suffered the same type of injury while playing for GWS in January 2018.
However, he recovered in time to be fit for the AFL finals that season and helped the Giants reach the Grand Final for the first time in their history, in which they were ultimately thrashed by Richmond by 89 points.
Williams missed Carlton’s win against North Melbourne in Round 7 with Achilles soreness, but was back in the team for the win over Adelaide last week.
Despite William’s horrific injury, the Blues started brighter and put 4.2 on the scoreboard before GWS even moved the ball into their forward 50.
Leon Cameron’s last game as GWS coach ended in defeat against Carlton on Sunday
The 47-year-old was given a guard of honour from Giants and Blues players as he left the field
The home team gradually worked their way back into the contest to be level at the main break and only trailed by a goal at the last change.
But the Giants were never quite able to claim the lead as the Blues eventually overpowered them to move to a 7-2 record and finish round nine in the top-four.
Charlie Curnow kicked two crucial goals early in the final term after being well-held by Giants defender Sam Taylor, while Sam Walsh, Corey Durdin, Jack Silvagni and Zac Fisher also scored two each in an impressive team performance for the Blues.
Co-captain Josh Kelly (36 disposals, one goal) looked to inspire the Giants throughout, while Braydon Preuss was also crucial to the comeback in his first match as sole ruckman for the club.
Charlie Curnow kicked two crucial goals for the Blues early in the final term
Jack Silvagni (middle) also kicked two majors as Carlton improved to 7-2 for the season
Toby Greene, Harry Himmelberg and Jake Riccardi each kicked two goals to keep the Giants in the contest but the Blues were more efficient with the ball and won the inside-50 count 64-47.
While the Giants weren’t able to send Cameron off with a victory, both clubs formed a guard of honour for the coach as he walked off the field after the final siren.
The Blues have a short turnaround for their Friday night clash with Sydney while the Giants are set to start life under interim coach Mark McVeigh against West Coast at Giants Stadium on Sunday.