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Surgery slows McSparron

Colac coach Rowan McSparron. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

A HIT of baseball with some of his former Geelong Amateur teammates has resulted in surgery on a broken thumb for Colac coach Rowan McSparron.

The former Ammos and Bell Park star and Amateur premiership coach was in a batting tunnel on January 30 when the ball jammed his right thumb on the bat.

McSparron, who is entering his second season in charge at Central Reserve, didn’t realise how severe the damage was when he first suffered the injury.

“I didn’t think it was that bad; some of the boys thought it might not have been too good,” McSparron said.

“I thought it was going to be OK. It just looked like it was more the impact than anything.

“But, I got some x-rays and found it shattered the end of the thumb.”

“I’ve got two pins out the end of it.”

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A plumber by trade, McSparron is facing 4-6 weeks off work, while also missing out on joining in training with the Tigers.

“I won’t be able to do any of the running with the boys, so that’s a shame,” he said.

“It should heal up nicely.”

For McSparron, who was one of local football’s most durable players, it’s one of his more serious sporting injuries.

“I did a pretty good AC on my shoulder and had a cleanout on my hip,” he said.

“But, other than that, I was pretty lucky.

“I think being a tradesman and getting up and moving every Monday morning helped me throughout my career.”

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