DYNAMIC small ahead Cody Weightman has damaged his collarbone on a “night of carnage” for the Western Bulldogs, coach Luke Beveridge mentioned.
Weightman tried to put an enormous bump on Port Adelaide ruckman Sam Hayes early within the final quarter of Friday evening’s 17-point loss and got here off with the worst potential outcome.
He was not the one Bulldog to depart Adelaide Oval early, with speedster Laitham Vandermeer struggling a “high grade” hamstring damage and defender Tim O’Brien a calf damage.
Each males left the bottom earlier than three-quarter time.
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Beveridge was philosophical in regards to the setbacks, nevertheless he mentioned the quick turnaround from Sunday’s win over Essendon might need performed a job in two of the accidents.
“It was a disappointing night for us and a night of carnage for us too when you lose three players in the fashion we did,” he mentioned.
“The five-day break might need received us a bit bit with a few of that sadly.
“It was high-end running the week before against Essendon and one or two of the guys in Tim O’Brien and Laitham, who are quite prone, went down, so that destabilised us a little bit.”
Beveridge mentioned the severity of every damage could be confirmed within the coming days, however he was making no excuses for his workforce, which is now languishing with a 3-5 win-loss file.
He did provide some hope forward of subsequent Friday evening’s match in opposition to Collingwood at Marvel Stadium although, saying three huge names have been within the body to return, led by skipper Marcus Bontempelli.
“We think he’ll be ok. He’s just had a series of things hampering him over a period of time that just came to a head this week,” he mentioned.
“The week off will do him the world of fine, and hopefully he’ll be wholesome come Friday evening, however we’ll see how we go subsequent week.
“Possibly Tim English and Alex Keath could be accessible.
“Clubs and teams go through it. We’re getting our lot at the moment unfortunately. We’ve just got to ride it out and persevere.”
Port Adelaide had one damage concern of its personal with defender Riley Bonner leaving the sphere within the third quarter with a rolled ankle.
Coach Ken Hinkley mentioned he hoped it was a “one-week, two-week” damage.
Hinkley is feeling a lot better about his workforce now after successful a 3rd straight match following a 0-5 begin to the season.
Port’s coach was delighted with the type of tall forwards Jeremy Finlayson (three objectives), Todd Marshall (two) and Mitch Georgiades, who have been an enormous purpose for its 26 scoring pictures from 44 entries.
With point of interest Charlie Dixon enjoying his first sport within the SANFL on Saturday following pre-season ankle surgical procedure, Hinkley mentioned there may very well be some choice complications across the nook.
“I’d rather have that problem than not have that problem,” he mentioned.
“We’ll see how Charlie goes tomorrow, and let’s not get too carried away. He is getting back from a very long time off.
“We’ll make sure he gets through the game as well as he can and then make some decisions.”
Marshall was notably impactful, hauling in eight marks – 4 of them contested – on his technique to 14 disposals that included two objectives and two assists.
“No one could question Todd Marshall’s growth, it’s been outstanding,” Hinkley mentioned.
“When he is been wanted to face up, he is proven the religion we have put in him over the journey is greater than justified.
“He dominated the sport for a patch, which was actually necessary.
“That is the place you see development in gamers, after they can rise up on the time when the sport’s on the road.
“There’s nothing better when you have a big forward who can do that for you.”