Knee’s, Knees bloody Knees!
The dreaded injury curse has once again struck the Tigers after a relatively free year of major injuries in 2012. Luck plays an important part in any season but that seems to have deserted the Club this year.
The loss of Josh Bryce for the season with a torn ACL during preseason training has been compounded with a similar injury to Todd Dickinson who was due to play his 100th Club game in coming weeks. Todd suffered the injury in the first half against Belconnen last Saturday. Matt Cavedon is also recovering from a knee injury as is Ryan Price who had surgery on both knees earlier this year.
“Dickos” house mate David Smith went out in sympathy in the 4th quarter last Saturday with an ankle injury that will have him sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks. Beau Walker remains on the sideline with an ankle injury for possibly another 6 weeks.
The all important clash on Saturday against Ainslie will also see two of the Leagues inform youngsters not playing due to representative commitments in Adelaide. The Tigers Kaine Stevens and Ainslie’s Aaron Vandeberg will both miss the encounter (and a chance to win the MUIR Medal) as representative players of the NEAFL Under 22 Grade team who are taking on the SANFL Under 20 Representative team.
The Tigers should have Neil Irwin returning to the NEAFL team after a run in Division 1 last week along with Jarrod Atkinson from injury.
Players from both teams will be vying for the MUIR Medal which will be awarded for a best on ground performance as voted for by representatives on both Clubs (more information here). The Medal will be presented after the match at a function to be held at the Ainslie Football Club.
Queanbeyan remain on top of the Eastern Conference ladder after Sydney Swans Reserves also lost their first game of the season last weekend.
The Tigers Division 1 team will be up against an undefeated Ainslie combination at 11.30am with the main game commencing at 2.00pm.
Under 18 Grade
The Under 18 Grade Rising Stars have the bye but are also suffering the loss of one of the team’s most popular players in Tyler Collins. The youngster has only just returned to the playing arena from knee surgery early last year but has unfortunately suffered a complete knee collapse of his “good knee” and will also miss the rest of the year.
It is a similar story for the Tigerettes with Carly Res being advised that she will require knee reconstruction after falling heavily in the opening round clash against ANU three weeks ago. The Tigerettes play Murrumbidgee this Sunday at Stirling Oval from 10.00am.