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Dizzy sidelined again

Barwon Heads defender Dylan Holland in action in Saturday’s win over Modewarre. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

DYLAN Holland is facing another extended stint on the sidelines after the star Barwon Heads defender suffered a dislocated shoulder in Saturday’s win over Modewarre at Howard Harmer Oval.

He is yet to undergo scans to confirm the severity of the damage, but Seagulls co-coach Mitch Herbison isn’t expecting to see the BFL interleague representative until late in the home-and-away season.

“It was just in a tackle … and his shoulder popped out,” Herbison said.

“Hopefully he can get some good news, and it’s not as serious as it could be.

“Early reports say it may be a six-week injury, and that would bring him back close to the end of the year if he’s able to get himself right.”


Holland was playing his first game back after dislocating his elbow in the BFL’s win over the GDFL on May 18.

Last year he was restricted to just 10-senior games after suffering a broken jaw in Round 3 against Ocean Grove.

Herbison says Holland’s importance to the team can’t be understated.

“He’s just one of those guys who continually does his job each week,” Herbison said.

“There’s not too much fanfare about the way he goes about it; you can just put him on a guy and trust that’ll he get the job done.”

Barwon Heads may turn to former Brisbane Lion Brad Harvey to fill Holland’s void down back despite kicking an equal team-high three goals against the Warriors.

“Potentially. He’s someone that can play that role,” Herbison said.

“He’s played at fullback for Lilydale and Wandin, so we might have to swing him back to play on that key forward from each team.”

The Seagulls are getting close to fielding their strongest possible line-up, with Tim McIntyre (knee), Leigh Sartori (knee), Ryan Harvey (foot), Wayne Barrett (bicep), Max Melzer (shoulder) and Tyson MacIlwain (unavailable) among the absentees against Modewarre.

McIntyre and Sartori both have season-ending knee injuries, Harvey, Barrett and Melzer are a chance to return after next week’s bye, while MacIlwain’s return is up in the air as he continues the process to become a professional firefighter.

“If he does get in, he goes into the roster system where he’s four days on, four days off,” Herbison said.

“We’ll just have to wait-and-see a little bit with him.”

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