West Coast lose LeCras in tough win over North Melbourne
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.’’