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Injury blows for Joeys

St Joseph’s star Riley Kershaw in action against Bell Park in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

INJURIES to a trio of players has further soured what was already a night to forget for St Joseph’s on Saturday.

As well as being on the end of its biggest-ever loss to Colac, Tom Zampatti (knee), Riley Kershaw (hamstring), and Spiro Alesios (hamstring) are all facing stints on the sideline.

For debutant ruckman Zampatti, it’s a suspected rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament.

“It was at a boundary throw-in in the first 10 minutes of the game,” coach Paul Carson said.

“The way he describes it, he got put off-balance a little bit and got the weight of his legs taken out and his twisted the left knee.

“He knew straight away; he said he felt the pop. He’s studying to be a physio, his dad’s a physio, and we had it assessed on the spot.

“He’s having scans today … we’re 99 per cent sure he’s torn his ACL.”

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Kershaw, who was playing his first home-and-away since suffering an ACL injury of his own late in the 2019 season, was forced from the field just before half-time.

The injured hamstring is on the opposite side to the knee that he had reconstructed.

The club expects to know more about the severity of Kershaw and Alesios’ injuries on Monday night.

In better news for St Joseph’s, Paddy Kelleher, Kieran Paliouras, and Lewis Antonac are a chance to take on South Barwon in the traditional Anzac Day clash.

However, Dimboola recruit Ben Miller (knee) and Jack Buckley (hamstring) won’t be considered.

Carson says the meeting with the Swans will provide plenty of incentive to bounce back.

“It’s always a really good challenge against South Barwon, who will no doubt be up-and-about after a really good win on the weekend,” he said.

“They’ve recruited really well at the end of 2019 and the end of 2020, and they’re going to be really hard to beat.

“But, we get a chance to redeem ourselves; it can’t come quick enough.”

Meanwhile, St Mary’s 114-point hiding of St Albans has come at a significant cost.

The Saints were reduced to 17 men on the ground for the final 10 minutes after Brady Pritchard and Doug Bond suffered broken collarbones before half time.

Ruck Sam Conway joined them in hospital after suffering a cut to his eye, while Jarryd Garner undergoes a scan on his shoulder on Monday afternoon.

VFL-listed Charlie Sprague (knee) is expected to be right for the clash with North Shore following the Saints bye.

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