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Tigers lose McCarthy, gain Stephens

Liam McCarthy will be sidelined for at least six weeks. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

IT is a case of mixed emotions for GFL premiership contender Colac with one VFL-listed star set for an extended stint on the sidelines and another committing to the club for the remainder of the season.

Liam McCarthy will undergo surgery today (Tuesday) and miss at least six weeks with a crack in his collarbone.

However, his injury has been offset by the news Cooper Stephens will play out 2022 with the Tigers after stepping away from Carlton.

McCarthy, who made three early appearances with Geelong, suffered the injury in a tackle during Colac’s win over Lara at Central Reserve on Saturday.

“When he went down, it looked like an AC (joint) injury the way he was holding his shoulder and the way he landed,” co-coach Rowan McSparron said.

“But when he came off, he went off for an x-ray, and there was a crack in the collarbone.”

Stephens, who co-captained the Geelong Falcons to their 2017 premiership, could be available as soon as this week’s meeting with St Joseph’s at Central Reserve.

“He’s decided to take a step back with his footy,” McSparron said.

“Work and life are getting a bit busy, and the time commitment in a VFL program can be pretty hectic.

“So, he’s decided to jump back and have a kick with us.”


With both overseas, Colac will again be without ruck Henry Walsh and former captain Ryan Monaghan.

Walsh is due back for the clash with St Mary’s after the mid-season break, while Monaghan is a couple of weeks after that.

Kane Smartt and Frazer O’Gorman are closing in on returns, while forward Luke Hillman will take on Joeys.

The Tigers took more than three quarters to shake off St Joseph’s in Round 1 before claiming a 28-point win.

It’s part of a seven-game winning streak Colac has against Joeys, with six of those victories during McSparron’s tenure.

“They were right with us all the way up to pretty deep in that last quarter in Round 1, and they did have a few players out,” McSparron said.

“I think, injury-wise, they’ve not been able to put their best team on the park against us, which helped us with that record.

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