Bulls on the horns of an in­jury dilemma

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON

THE Char­ters Tow­ers Bulls are limp­ing to­wards the fin­ish line, but coach Lenny Knuth says they are still show­ing grit.

The TDRU A- grade new­com­ers are out of the finals race and en­dur­ing a hor­rific run of in­juries. Start­ing play­ers Shane Fraser ( bro­ken hand), Karl Knuth ( col­lar­bone) and Tim Baira ( ster­num) all suf­fered sea­son- end­ing in­juries dur­ing last week­end’s loss to Teach­ers West.

“In­juries have hurt us, and the trou­ble for us is that we don’t re­ally have the game knowl­edge to cover them,” Knuth said.

“Th­ese things hap­pen if you play con­tact sport, in­juries are part of the game, but last week­end re­ally hurt us.”

The Bulls have re­turned to the com­pe­ti­tion for the first time in more than 20 years, and scored a pair of wins along with a hand­ful of com­pet­i­tive re­sults. Af­ter tonight’s game against Bur­dekin, the Bulls fin­ish the sea­son with clashes against Ross River ( away) and Broth­ers ( home).

“All we can do is put this sea­son down to ex­pe­ri­ence, and try and right it next year if the boys are still keen,” Knuth said. “I know they are, and I think we can re­ally build from this.”

The Bulls play a wel­come home game tonight, their fifth of the sea­son as part of the club’s spon­sors week­end.

A full day’s worth of ju­nior games will also be played in Char­ters Tow­ers to­mor­row. TDRU Round 18: Tonight: 8.20pm Char­ters Tow­ers v Bur­dekin, Char­ters Tow­ers. To­mor­row: 3.20pm Teach­ers West v Ross River, War­rina Park; 3.40pm North Ward v Broth­ers, Mike Car­ney Toy­ota Park.

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