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Star Centurion sidelined

Werribee Centrals’ Daryl Chesterman has suffered a season-ending knee injury. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

WERRIBEE Centrals has suffered a massive blow ahead of Saturday’s blockbuster GDFL clash with Bannockburn, with young gun Daryl Chesterman to miss the remainder of the 2021 season with a serious knee injury.

The half-forward suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in the Centurions’ Round 3 win over Winchelsea at Eastern Reserve last Saturday night.

Co-coach Nick Smith says Chesterman also suffered damage to his lateral and medical collateral ligament.

“He was walking on it a couple of days later and convinced himself it wasn’t that bad,” Smith said.

“It came as quite a surprise because I think we were all expecting it might be a medial or something.

“He’s shattered, and we’re shattered for him as well.

“He’s going to be hard to cover because he’s been one our best across the first couple of weeks.”

In a boost for the match-up with the unbeaten Tigers, Werribee Districts recruit Tyler Crenann, and former Williamstown VFL player David Stretton will return after missing the win over the Blues.

However, a points squeeze means Smith and co-coach Rhyce Prismall won’t be able to pick their best available team this week.

“There’ll be some tough conversations tonight (Thursday) because we just don’t fit,” Smith said.

‘Yatesy’ (Marc Yates) made his debut (in the reserves) last week and was best-on-ground, so he’ll certainly be pushing for selection.

“But, between him and ‘Stretto’, you’ve got to try and put seven points into a team that was already at 37.

“We’ve got some juggling to do.”

However, Josh Sutton (foot), Nic Bauld and Daniel Boyd (both facial injuries) won’t be considered this week.

Having played in the era when Werribee Centrals and Bannockburn featured in five consecutive grand finals, it’s no surprise Smith gets an extra spring in his step for battles with the Tigers.

“We’ve got a premiership reunion for the 2000-01 premiership sides on Friday night, so I’m looking forward to catching up with some of those guys,” he said.

“Then hopefully, most of those guys will roll into Past Players’ Day on Saturday.

“It (matches against Bannockburn) does mean a lot to me, and I make sure the guys know that.

“I was part of an era where we took pride in playing well in big games, and Bannockburn was always the benchmark back then.”

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