K rock Football

O’Callaghan blow for Giants

Geelong West’s Aaron O’Callaghan in action against Bell Post Hill earlier in 2021. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG West faces the prospect of being without Aaron O’Callaghan for the rest of the GDFL season after a hamstring injury suffered earlier this month has turned out worse than first thought.

The Giants assistant coach will meet with a surgeon on Tuesday to discuss the next step after scans revealed a 2cm tear in the hamstring sustained in the draw with Bannockburn at Victoria Park on July 3.

“It happened early in the second (quarter), (but) I played on,” O’Callaghan said.

“I pulled up sore, and there was a bit of bruising, so I got it checked out.

“The physio thought it was a little bit worse, so I ended up going to Melbourne to get scans on it.

“It could mean rest or surgery; we’ll just have to wait and see.”

O’Callaghan is bracing for the worst and that his season is over.

“Hopefully, that’s not on the cards,” he said.

“But, I think the way the injury’s been explained to me, I’m a minimal chance to get back this year, which is unfortunate.

“Hopefully, it’s a bit of false alarm. But I’m a little bit doubtful in that being the case.

“I’m just happy to support Mitch (Wight) on the bench if that is the case, and I’m looking forward to the boys getting a few more wins before finals.”

Now aged 32, O’Callaghan, who was part of Ocean Grove’s most recent BFL grand final appearance in 2014, admits retirement has crossed his mind.

“But, in saying that, I still really enjoy being around the boys,” he said. “And I love the social aspect of it.

“I also love the coaching aspect as well and trying to help Mitch and support Mitch as much as I can and help those younger boys down at the footy club to become better footballers.

“I’m still enjoying it, but we’ll just have to wait and see what this injury entails.”

Twitter: @tom_king79