Petrie’s strapping fits like a glove
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.