K rock Football

Season over for star Hawk

Drysdale defender Tevan Nofi. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

DRYSDALE’S hopes of snapping an eight-year finals drought have suffered a blow, with star defender Tevan Nofi set to miss the rest of the season with a serious ankle injury.

Scans have revealed the reigning best-and-fairest has three fractures in his ankle from an incident in the Hawks’ Round 5 win over Geelong Amateur.

“We thought he just rolled his ankle really badly,” coach Luke Matthews said. “He was in a moon boot for 2-3 weeks, but it just wasn’t healing.

“He had x-rays, and they revealed there was no breaks or fractures, but it just kept getting worse; he wasn’t getting anywhere, and the pain was increasing.

“He’s gone and had an MRI, and it’s unfortunately revealed three fractures in his ankle, which is probably season over.

“Tev’s got to see a specialist to find out whether he needs or surgery or it will heal itself.”

In a further blow, Lachie Edwards suffered a suspected ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in Drysdale’s reserves clash with Barwon Heads on the weekend.

The former Belmont Lions star was playing his first game for the Hawks after overcoming a calf issue.

Edwards and Nofi take to four the number of players with season-ending injuries at Mortimer Oval, with spearhead Jarrod Garth (knee) and veteran midfielder Ben Carmichael (foot) also failing to see out the 2021 season.

“Garthy wasn’t an ideal start to the season when we lose a premier player – one of our key players; a 50-goal plus key forward,” Matthews said.

“Then ‘Binga’ (Carmichael) going down – an experienced midfielder.

“Then to lose Tev Nofi, who I feel is one of the best players in the competition. A very exciting young kid and playing centre half-back.

“That’s footy, unfortunately, but it creates an opportunity for someone else.

“Fingers crossed, we have no more serious injuries.”

Matthews expects to welcome back the experienced Adam Nolan (calf) for Saturday’s must-win clash, while ruckman Damian Hoare (groin) is also a chance.

However, 2018 best-and-fairest Shane Murdoch (hamstring) won’t be back until after the bye.

Midfielder Sam Fleming is still at least a fortnight away after suffering a second concussion against Newcomb before the season was halted.

“He’s had some concussion issues in the past, so he’s just going through a bit of a program at the moment,” Matthews said. “We’ll let the doctors take care of that one.

“At the moment, he’s going really well, and he’s feeling much healthier.

“Fingers crossed, we can see him playing some footy.”

Drysdale sits sixth on the BFL ladder with a 4-5 win-l0ss record, one game behind fifth-placed Ocean Grove.

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