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Season over for Gubbo

Winchelsea defender Alex Gubbins will miss the rest of the 2021 season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

WINCHELSEA’S quest to end a seven-year finals drought has suffered a blow with Alex Gubbins to miss the rest of the season through injury.

Scans mid-week confirmed the star defender had suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, with the former captain set to meet with a specialist in coming days about a course of treatment.

“It’s a little bit devastating for us, as you can imagine,” Blues coach Brendan Forssman said.

“He’s a really critical part of our footy club, on-field and off-field, and he’s just a ripper bloke.

“We’re all disappointed for Alex.”

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Gubbins sustained the injury in the first five minutes of the Round 1 loss to Bannockburn.

The former Grovedale star thought he’d been kicked in the back of the leg by an opponent, but when he turned around and found no Tiger around him, he knew he was in trouble.

Forssman says there is a silver ling for Gubbins, with his wife Bree due to give birth to their first child by the end of the month.

“That means he’s going to have more time to be a fantastic father,” Forssman said.

“So there is some exciting news for him.

“But, unfortunately, that’s 12 months out of footy for him.”

Forssman is confident Winchelsea has the personnel to cover Gubbins’ absence.

“We’ve been training 9-10 boys to be part of our back seven every week,” he said.

“So those guys who have been training in that area will just get the opportunity to stand up.

“We understand that Gubbo’s a big loss, but we also faith in those boys that they can do a great job for us.”

Gubbins wasn’t the only Blue to come away with an injury from the loss to the Tigers, with ruck Caleb Brown, who is about to head to Queensland, suffering a broken thumb.

Brown would have played this week but instead has been replaced by Jackson Thomas.

Zach Moules is unavailable, with Steve Alford and Dylan Williams to play their first senior games of 2021.

Despite the fixture only saying Round 2, Forssman isn’t shying away from the importance of Saturday’s clash with North Geelong at Keith Barclay Oval.

“North Geelong will be vying for one of those last couple of finals spots along with us,” he said.

“We haven’t had a great record out there over the last few years; we tend to beat them at our home ground, and they tend to beat us there.

“It’s important we get off to a fast start. The last time we played them in 2019, it was eight or nine goals to nothing in the first quarter, and the game was over.

“Hopefully, we don’t start like that again.”

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