Acquaintances will be renewed tomorrow when Mansfield's Tasmanian players take on Tatura and Sonny Whiting in Goulburn Valley Football League.DAMEN FRANCIS June 6, 2014 3:05am
The Goulburn Valley Football League’s Apple Isle showdown has lost some of its flavour.
Mansfield will be without three of its considerable Tasmanian contingent for tomorrow’s date with Tatura and its star southerner Sonny Whiting.
Charlie Riewoldt, brother of Richmond star Jack, and Rohan Swan suffered season-ending knee injuries last week, while full-forward Mitch Williamson continues to battle a hamstring problem that has sidelined him since round two.
Ben Fagan, Harry Riewoldt, Chris Hensby and Tim Orchard remain in the side.
Eagles coach Simon Dolling praised the attitude of the injured players and was confident Williamson would return soon.
‘‘It’s really tough for those guys, especially Swanny who just got back after another long-term injury,’’ Dolling said.
‘‘He’s a bit down in the dumps, but I spoke to him (Wednesday) and he’s still committed to the club and this maybe gives him an opportunity to get the rest of his body right.
‘‘That’s Charlie’s third knee surgery and he’s only 21, so that’s really unfortunate.
‘‘We had Mitch come and see a specialist on Saturday morning through our connections with Craig Kelly.
‘‘The specialists in Tassie said it was a grade one tear, but the doctor over here said it was a strained tendon close to the top of his knee and that has twice the healing period, so at the moment he’s a 70 per cent chance for next week.’’
Williamson has continued to travel over for games and support the Eagles and Dolling said the travel had not had a detrimental impact on his recovery.
As for Tatura’s Tasmanian threat, Dolling backed Travis Hine to get the job.
‘‘The Tassie boys have given me a good run down on him,’’ he said.
‘‘From what I’m told he’s not overly big, but can take a mark and kicked 90-odd goals last year.
‘‘Whenever I’ve asked Travis to do a job he’s usually been able to do it.’’
Whiting has 22 goals in six games this season and looms as a major threat at Mansfield Recreation Reserve tomorrow.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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