K rock Football

Herbie hopes for pre-bye return

Barwon Heads’ playing coach Mitch Herbison. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MITCH Herbison is eyeing off a return to action before next month’s goodbye after a stop-start beginning to the 2021 season for the Barwon Heads’ co-coach.

He has managed just two appearances for the reigning premier – Round 1 vs. Drysdale and Round 6 vs. Geelong Amateur – as he battles an ongoing knee issue.

However, Herbison hopes the recent draining of fluid from a cyst on the back of his knee will help the knee settle down.

“It’s been a bit frustrating trying to get back,” he said. “I played in Round 1 and thought I was going OK, and I had a little setback after that.

“And it was a similar scenario against Ammos.

“But, I’m confident I can get back. I’ve had a little bit more work done to get on top of the swelling and bits and pieces that are going on in there.

“I’m hoping to be a couple of weeks away.”


Barwon Heads has been one of the clubs hit hardest by injury in the first half of the season.

The Seagulls have used a league-high 45 players, with only four of those – a BFL-low – playing every game.

They enter the second half of the season with a 5-3 win-loss record, but Herbison concedes his team has been inconsistent due to those injury issues.

“It certainly doesn’t help when you’re making 4-5 changes each week; it makes it tough to find that consistency,” he said.

“The way the season’s gone, we have given guys an opportunity.

“So, we’re expecting that when we do bring players in, they’re right to go, and they’re ready to play their role.

“Hopefully, in the back half of the year, we can find that consistency and really build into the final stages of the season.”

Barwon Heads faces Queenscliff at Howard Harmer Oval on Saturday.

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