Injury rocks the line-up at Vic Park

By Andrew Johnston

ECHUCA only had one player selected to the Goulburn Valley interleague squad.

Now, it appears that it’s as good as none.

After half time in the match on Saturday against Euroa, Daniel Willis was on the bench.

On crutches.

He had suffered a hamstring complaint.

Coach Andrew Walker said it was the first time Willis had done a hamstring.

The body language said it all — sullenly standing on the sidelines watching his teammates fall.

It doesn’t get much worse than watching your mates struggling, knowing there is nothing you can do about it.

But that’s the situation in which he found himself.

By all reports the young man was positive after the match, enjoying being around the club after the game.

By all other reports he will be missing for the next few weeks.

That also rules out interleague in two weeks time.

Injuries are starting to have an impact on the side.

Tim Allan, who has been in strong form in the forward line, may miss as many as six games with a strained medial ligament.

It’s far from ideal to lose another forward, with Ruory Kirkby already out for the year.

The club regained Simon Buckley on Saturday — also the victim of a hamstring — but he spent his time as a forward, kicking four, in an indication he is not yet 100 per cent.

When he is, they could use his efforts in the midfield.

There are a few other question marks around the club, and while it is allowing players in the twos the chance to earn senior selection, the Murray Bombers would be far happier without the issues.