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Beama’s bad break

St Mary’s assistant coach Ben Moloney (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

ST MARY’S will have to negotiate a season-defining month without star recruit Ben Moloney.

The former Geelong, Werribee and Collingwood VFL player underwent surgery on a broken hand suffered against Bell Park on April 13 last week and isn’t expected to return any earlier than the Round 6 clash with South Barwon.

Moloney will definitely miss this week’s clash with Newtown & Chilwell, and meetings with Colac at Central Reserve and Leopold.

“He’s yet to see the surgeon as a follow-up – it was all pretty manic because he was actually meant to be on a family holiday and he had to cut that short,” co-coach Travis Robertson said.

“At this stage, we think it’s going to be anywhere between four and eight (weeks).

“It’s not ideal for us. We haven’t had the greatest of starts, and it is a bit of a blow.

“Same old cliche, but someone else gets an opportunity.”

Robertson says the injury happened in a contest during the second quarter of the loss to the Dragons.

“He came in at half time and said, “I think I’ve broken my hand”, and he was right,” Robertson said.

“We’re hoping somewhere just after the interleague bye (for his return).

“That will be the best-case scenario.”

Moloney joins Harry Kol (groin), Sam Conway (foot) and Nick Nott (knee soreness) on the sidelines, with Robertson hopeful all four will be right in late May or early June.

In better news for the winless Saints, Dylan McMahon is a chance to play his first senior game of the season against the Eagles, while brother Hayden is likely to feature in the reserves.

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