Petrie’s strap­ping fits like a glove

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - BRADEN QUARTERMAINE

QUIN­TEN Lynch wouldn’t pack his bag with­out one, but Drew Petrie says a bro­ken hand isn’t enough for him to bring out a glove in his come­back match to­day.

Petrie, who suf­fered a dou­ble-break in his left hand in his first game for West Coast against his for­mer club North Mel­bourne in Round 1, said that he found wear­ing gloves un­com­fort­able.

The vet­eran re­cruit will in­stead wear a small guard strapped to the top of his hand when he makes his re­turn for the Ea­gles against Greater West­ern Syd­ney at Do­main Sta­dium to­day.

“The gloves are in­con­ve­nient, so just a bit of strap­ping does the job,” Petrie said.

“I’ve got two plates with some screws in them.

“The swelling is kind of hang­ing around a lit­tle bit, but it’s noth­ing to worry about. I just have to put com­pres­sion on it and it just re­duces the amount of swelling.

“I’m just wear­ing a lit­tle guard on it at the mo­ment, but I’ll only have to wear that for a cou­ple of weeks and once it gets to the 10-12 week mark I’ll be right.”

Lynch wore a glove on his right hand to help straighten a bro­ken fin­ger, with his sig­na­ture glove lift­ing him to cult fig­ure sta­tus when he was a key player in West Coast’s 2006 premier­ship sea­son.

Petrie was con­fi­dent he was ready for his AFL re­turn, hav­ing had two weeks of ball work at train­ing and get­ting through a WAFL hit-out with East Perth last week­end.

Nathan Vardy, who has played ev­ery game, has had four dif­fer­ent ruck part­ners across the open­ing nine rounds as the Ea­gles searched for the best com­bi­na­tion in the ab­sence of pre­ferred pair Nic Nai­tanui and Scott Lycett.

West Coast will re­turn to the Vardy-Petrie pair­ing they started the sea­son with against the Giants to­day.

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