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Season over for Rees

St Joseph’s star Brenton Rees in action in the qualifying final win over Newtown & Chilwell. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ST JOSEPH’S quest for a third consecutive GFL premiership has struck more trouble with Brenton Rees hamstring injury set to end his season.

Scans have confirmed Rees suffered damage his hamstring tendon during Saturday’s second semi-final loss to Colac.

“We’re still a little bit unsure because he is back jogging,” coach Paul Carson said.

“But I’d be very, very surprised (if he played again). Even if we got through the weekend (preliminary final against St Mary’s), I wouldn’t have thought he’d be playing.”

He is the second Joeys star to be injured in the finals series

GFL Team of the Year member Brant Haintz, who suffered a knee injury in the qualifying final victory over Newtown & Chilwell, is racing the clock to be right if St Joseph’s win through to the grand final.

“His best hope is a grand final, but I think that’s what it is – it’s a hope,” Carson said.

“We’re not looking past this weekend by any stretch, but I still think he’s really doubtful even if we manage to get there.

“Time will tell.”

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Luke Webb, who was dropped for the second semi-final, James Allen, Paddy Kelleher and big man Tom Denning are all in contention to replace Rees.

Denning has put himself in the frame as St Joseph’s attempts to curb the influence of veteran Saint Andrew Banjanin in the ruck.

“We’re looking at a whole heap of different scenarios,” Carson said.

“We’re looking at the balance of our team and where we can benefit best against St.Mary’s.”

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