K rock Football

Season over for Stubbings

Geelong Falcon Harry Stubbings. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

GEELONG Falcons have lost another player to a lengthy injury, with Harry Stubbings set to miss the rest of the season.

Coach Luke Daffy has confirmed Stubbings, who tore a ligament in his ankle in last week’s loss to Bendigo, is unlikely to be seen again in a Falcons jumper with surgery scheduled for next week.

“That’s a pretty disappointing one because he came into our program as a 19-year-old off the back of a couple of foot surgeries in his top-age year,” Daffy said.

“He hasn’t really been able to have a clear run at it, so it’s pretty upsetting for him to miss out, and his season will just about be finished now.

From Grovedale, Stubbings has been a solid contributor in his seven games for the Falcons.

“He’s been reasonably consistent for us as a 19-year-old,” Daffy said.

“He kicked a couple of goals last week, and he was reasonably competitive for us a midfielder and a forward.

“He’s going to be a big loss.”

In better news, star 17-year-old Tanner Bruhn has been cleared to return to footy after surgery earlier this year on a knee injury suffered at Vic Country Academy training in January.

“‘He’s got clearance that he’s right to play, but we’ll actually work with him for a 3-4 week period to build his load,” Daffy said.

“We’re hoping to get him back into full training in the next week or so.

“The Oakleigh game (July 7) is probably an opportunity, but I think he’s less likely to play that game at this stage.

“He will have (Geelong) Grammar commitments. I think he will be playing the last game of the year with us.

“If we could get him a bit earlier, that would be even better.”

Sam Witherden, the younger brother of former Falcon and current Brisbane young gun Alex, has been named to make his debut in Saturday’s clash with Gippsland Power at Dandenong’s Shepley Oval.

Fellow Geelong College players Archie Lazzaro, Kyle Skene and James Paterson will return, while Noah Gadsby and Jack Grigsby are also back for the meeting with the third-placed Power.

“It’s another good challenge. They’re a really good side and had a good win over Oakleigh last week,” Daffy said.

“It’s been a long seven days after a disappointing result last week.”

NAB LEAGUE ROUND 12

GIPPSLAND POWER (16th) vs. GEELONG FALCONS (3rd)

Shepley Oval – Dandenong

Saturday, June 29, 2:30pm