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Arnel brothers back doing what they enjoy

Tim and Will Arnel have returned to the heat of battle with Numurkah after being sidelined with frustrating injuries.

HANNAH DRISCOLL December 26, 2013 4:15am

Brothers Tim and Will Arnel are back on the field after they both battled serious injuries recently.

Brothers Tim and Will Arnel can empathise with each other how frustrating sports injuries can become.

Older brother Tim, 19, has played just two Haisman Shield games this season for Numurkah courtesy of a football injury, while Will, 18, spent 18 months battling osteitis pubis.

He made his senior football debut with Numurkah in Murray Football League against Tocumwal last year and ended up playing three games and the rest of the season in under-17s.

But Will only managed six reserves games this season and only one match last cricket season.

He said the injury came from excessive training as he doubled up senior football with juniors and instead of telling his football coach it was flaring up he tried to keep training as the pain got worse.

‘‘I spent six months doing absolutely nothing, it hurt to walk to the bus stop and things like that,’’ Will said.

‘‘It’s just one of those things where you have to be patient, which is pretty frustrating for a kid my age.

‘‘Eventually we worked through it. It was a pretty slow time, but I’m happy it’s all over and done with now and I’ve just got to be smart to make sure it doesn’t come back again.’’

Tim’s injury was also from senior football, as he rolled his left ankle inwards during the MFL semi-final against Finley, suffering a grade three tear.

He attempted to return to cricket in round two against Kyabram, but the five overs he bowled were ‘‘very painful’’ for the right-arm quick on his planting foot, and he sat out again before making a return last Saturday.

‘‘It was a little bit sore on the weekend, but compared to what it was, it was nothing,’’ Tim said.

‘‘It was a little bit sore and there was some stiffness, but it’s been 15 weeks now so if I do all the right things, it will be really good now.

‘‘I’ll play it by ear after Christmas.’’

Both brothers expressed their frustrations at being sidelined; Tim said it was good to be back and part of the team instead of watching from the sidelines, while Will noted the effect it could have on mental health.

‘‘I had it through Year 12 and I used to use sport as a relief from everything else,’’ Will said.

‘‘It was a tough time, but there was a lot worse things that could’ve happened. It put things into perspective I guess.’’

But the worst is hopefully behind them and now the brothers are enjoying playing senior cricket together, even with a bit of friendly rivalry between them.

Will, a wicketkeeper-batsmen who is spending time in the field rather than with the gloves at the moment, is averaging 36 runs a match and also has a wicket to his name.

Both are confident of the Blues’ abilities to fight into a finals spot after winning only two games so far.

‘‘We’ve got the team to do it. It’ll click one day. On paper we’re definitely a good team, but at the moment we’re playing individuals, I guess, rather than a good team, but I think it will all come together,’’ Tim said.

‘‘We’ve got the list, the talent, it’s just we need to start putting it on the scoreboard, that’s all,’’ Will said.

‘‘We’ve got to be smarter with our cricket and take our chances and follow Browny’s (captain Mark Brown) game plan and it will all take care of itself if we do those basic things.’’

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