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Star Hawk set to miss a week

Inverleigh spearhead Jak Kennedy Hunt will miss a week with a quad injury. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

A QUAD injury suffered by reigning Whitley medallist Jak Kennedy Hunt isn’t as bad as first feared, with Inverleigh confident he will only miss this afternoon’s meeting with Werribee Centrals.

Kennedy Hunt, who kicked six goals in the Hawks’ opening round win over North Geelong, underwent scans earlier this week.

It’s the same quad that hampered the latter part of Kennedy Hunt’s 2017 season, but coach Mark McDowell says the issue is in a different spot.

“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster for him because¬†initially we were thinking 4-8 weeks with his prior history,” McDowell said.

“That’s how we felt Monday … we had a little bit of thought it mightn’t be as bad on the Tuesdy, but we still prepared for the worst.

“Then last (Thursday) night made us think if he can back up that type of training next week he will be playing the following week.”

The Hawks face a tricky trip up the highway to Galvin Park for a meeting with a full-of-confidence Werribee Centrals.

The Centurions, under new coach Nick Smith barely put a foot wrong in beating East Geelong by 57 points.

McDowell believes the reputations of some of his players will mean nothing to Centrals’ crop of youngsters.

“I’d name a high-profile name from Bell Post Hill and the players would look at me and say “who’s that?”,” McDowell said.

“They probably won’t even know who half the Inverleigh players are.

“If they get off to a good start and they get some momentum, they can cause a few headaches.

“I’m expecting it to be reasonable contest.”

Former basketballer Seb Loader, who made his debut at age 42 last week and kicked a goal, has held his spot.

However, he heads overseas next week for a month and won’t be available again until Round 7.

“He played his role last week and did a pretty good job,” McDowell said.

“He gave Jimmy (Huybens) a break out of the ruck and he went into the centre bounces and he went pretty well.

“He then went forward and took two marks in the square – kicked one goal and kicked one into the man on the mark.

“He’s just learning really quickly. I suppose it comes from playing that high level of elite sport.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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