K rock Football

Season over for star Blue

Winchelsea star Dylan Williams has suffered a severe knee injury. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

WINCHELSEA has suffered a blow in its quest to end a five-year finals drought with Dylan Williams suffering a severe knee injury.

The Grovedale recruit ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and sustained damage to meniscus after being tackled during the final quarter of last week’s loss to Bannockburn at Eastern Reserve.

“When he first came off, he was in pain, and that’s why we thought, maybe, it was just a meniscus because if you just do an ACL you are in pain for 10 seconds or so, and the pain subsides,” coach Brendan Forssman said.

“Because that pain was constant, we thought it was just something else.

“But the pain was the meniscus, and that hiding the fact he’d done his ACL as well.”

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Williams has been a handy addition to the Blues in playing every game since arriving at Winchelsea.

“He’s been fantastic,” Forssman said. “He’s very versatile, and he just goes about his business; he wins most of his one-on-one contests.

“We played him off halfback for the first part of the year, just easing him back into footy because he’s missed a bit of footy in the last couple of years with some hamstring issues and a broken finger.

“In the last couple of weeks, we started throwing him through the middle, and he’s just a consistent player. You know what you’re going to get from him every week.”

In better news for the fourth-placed Blues, Jye Price will return for Saturday’s clash with North Geelong after recovering from a bout of concussion suffered in an incident during the Round 7 loss to Thomson.

Forssman says the meeting with the fifth-placed Magpies will be a tricky one for his team.

“They’re beating the teams below them on the ladder and struggling against the teams higher up,” he said.

“I have no doubt they will be primed and ready for this weekend against us … they’ll see this as a great opportunity as do we.”

Winchelsea has won just once since the interleague break after consecutive losses in the last fortnight to Bannockburn and reigning premier Thomson.

“Against Thomson, we didn’t play very well, and we didn’t give ourselves an opportunity,” Forssman said.

“Last week against Bannockburn, we threw away opportunities in the first half to be in front, and then in the second half, we were a little bit disappointed with how we went it about.

“We were a lot better last week than the week prior against Thomson, that’s for sure.”