Bacon injury burns LBU
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.