West Coast lose LeCras in tough win over North Mel­bourne

Townsville Bulletin - - AFL -

WEST Coast sharp­shooter Mark LeCras suf­fered what ap­peared to be a se­ri­ous groin in­jury but the Ea­gles fought on bravely to post a four-point AFL vic­tory over North Mel­bourne at Patersons Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

LeCras grabbed at his groin and fell to the turf in pain af­ter boot­ing his sec­ond goal early in the third quar­ter.

The 24-year-old, who booted 63 goals last sea­son to earn his maiden Al­lAus­tralian hon­ours, was de­spon­dent and clearly wor­ried about the in­jury as he was stretchered off the ground, si­lenc­ing the 35,878 spec­ta­tors.

It left the home­side with just two fit men on the bench in hot con­di­tions af­ter Chris Mas­ten ( knee) was subbed off for debu­tant Andrew Gaff early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

West Coast coach John Wors­fold said scans would de­ter­mine the sever­ity of LeCras’s in­jury.

‘‘ Nor­mally they ( the med­i­cal staff) have a bit stronger opin­ion on it but it’s an in­ter­est­ing one with Lecca,’’ Wors­fold said.

‘‘ He’s walk­ing around OK at the mo­ment so we’ll wait and see what it ac­tu­ally is.

‘‘ It’s just dis­ap­point­ing if he does miss a few games be­cause he’s one of the good play­ers to watch play­ing footy.

‘‘ Hope­fully it won’t be too many. We are lucky be­cause we’ve got Daniel Kerr and Koby Stevens who both played re­ally strong games in the WAFL ( and) Sam But­ler push­ing up.

‘‘ So we’ve got a few guys there who are des­per­ate to get a game.’’

North Mel­bourne coach Brad Scott praised West Coast’s fight­ing abil­i­ties.

‘‘ Full credit to West Coast, I thought they were ter­rific tonight,’’ Scott said.

‘‘ They had a cou­ple of what looked to be se­ri­ous in­juries.

‘‘ So to be two down and run the game down I felt was full credit to them.

‘‘ I thought it was a brave ef­fort.’’

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