K rock Football

Season over for key Hawk

A fractured scaphoid will see Inverleigh defender Dan Grozdanovski miss the remainder of the GDFL season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

INVERLEIGH has suffered a blow ahead of the GDFL finals with Daniel Grozdanovski to miss the remainder of the season with a fractured scaphoid.

The experienced defender suffered the injury during the second half of the Hawks’ 44-point loss to Werribee Centrals at Inverleigh Reserve on Saturday.

“He said he went to spoil at some stage during the third quarter and he was sore after the game,” coach Adam Donohue said.

“He went for scans, and he told me in the last couple of days it’s basically an eight-week recovery.

“So, with only a maximum five weeks left, he’s done, unfortunately.”

Grozdanovski, who has played 137 senior games, including Inverleigh’s last two grand final appearances, has played a vital role in the backline for Inverleigh.

“He’s pretty good in the air intercepting,” Donohue said.

“We’ve got a couple of guys who can do that role, so he can be covered.

“It’s more about finding someone else and where the team balance lies.”

Jordan Drew, who is the only Hawk to play every senior game in 2019, looks set to miss the final round clash with Belmont Lions due to a shoulder injury.

However, co-captain Jack Fiolet, who missed the loss to Centrals, and Ben Bouwman are both a chance to take on the Lions.

Bouwman hasn’t played since the clash with Bannockburn in Round 15 due to a throat issue.

“A couple of doctors told him 3-6 months (on the sidelines), Donohue said.

“So, he’s seeing someone on Wednesday with a bit more of a sports-related (medical) background.

“Hopefully, we get some good news with him as well.”

Jake Templeton’s return from a dislocated shoulder is likely to come in the first week of finals.

That’s when star Casey Meehan is due back from overseas.

“We should be looking pretty reasonable come that first final,” Donohue said.

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