Ba­con in­jury burns LBU

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By FRASER WALKER-PEARCE

JAROD BA­CON has over­cooked his knee.

The HDFL’s sec­ond-top goal kicker this sea­son, and a piv­otal player for Lock­ing­ton Ba­mawm United, was taken off the field just be­fore half time in the match against Col­binab­bin, and did not re­turn.

The fear for the Cats now is not just for this week­end’s match against Leitchville-Gun­bower, but for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

And with 31 goals in seven games, it is easy to see why he is such a big out.

Kahl Oliver said there is no beat­ing around the bush, he will be missed for as long as he is out of the side.

‘‘He only played for half the game, he in­jured a knee just be­fore half time, so that threw things out a bit ob­vi­ously as he is an im­por­tant player for us, es­pe­cially ear­lier in the year. So we had Tyler Phillips step in as a ca­pa­ble re­place­ment up front for us.

‘‘I’d be sur­prised if he does play against LG, but we’ll see how he turns out this week. It doesn’t change how we pre­pare, we’ll miss him, we’ll have to re-jig a bit but it won’t be ex­treme,’’ Oliver said.

Oliver said there are a num­ber of ca­pa­ble re­place­ments within the ranks, it is just a mat­ter of al­low­ing them to gel and not af­fect­ing the team’s struc­ture.

‘‘We were right in it un­til three­quar­ter time and even into the fi­nal quar­ter we still had the op­por­tu­nity to win, but we just got run over, so we have to take the pos­i­tives out of it.

‘‘We went in think­ing it’d be an op­por­tu­nity to test our­selves against a team touted to be a premiership con­tender, and we threw ev­ery­thing at them un­til three-quar­ter time.

‘‘But once they got a sniff they sort of ran away with it which was dis­ap­point­ing. I felt it was a three or four goal loss, not six,’’ Oliver said.

Next up for the Cats looms Leitchville-Gun­bower.

Hav­ing dis­patched White Hills by nearly 100 points on Satur­day, the Bombers are on the war path and the Cats are in their way.

The Bombers have no ob­vi­ous weak­nesses in their line-up. So if Kahl Oliver and his men are to stand a chance without their gun for­ward Ba­con, it will have to be a huge col­lec­tive ef­fort with ev­ery­one stand­ing up to be held ac­count­able.

The round 10 match will be played in Lock­ing­ton on Satur­day.

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