22 Jul 2013
GROCKE’S SEASON IN DOUBT
By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
Adam Grocke’s season is hanging by a thread after the Woodville-West Torrens premiership forward failed to get through his second reserves match in succession on Saturday.
One of the Eagles’ most important players, Grocke is visiting a specialist on Monday to determine whether he requires surgery on the Achilles which has constantly plagued him this year.
The Fos Williams Medallist has attempted to regain match fitness in the reserves for the past fortnight only to play a half against West Adelaide in round 15 and a quarter against Central on Saturday.
‘’He’s seeing the doctor today and will hopefully get some direction in terms of which way he decides to go,’’ Eagles football manager Trent Hentschel said.
‘’Seeing he hasn’t been able to get through two games now (due to soreness) probably isn’t a good sign. If he needs an operation, then he may as well go and get it done sooner rather than later.
‘’But if it is short-term then he could possibly play around finals time. If not, it will be next year (when he plays again). We’ll be guided by the medical staff so it is out of our hands to some extent now.’’
Eagles midfielder Chris Hall will almost certainly miss Saturday’s match against Sturt at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval after dislocating his thumb against Central on Saturday.
‘’It was a compound dislocation so it has come through the skin which means it is a pretty nasty one,’’ Hentschel said.
‘’We’re still waiting to hear back from the doctors in terms of how many games he will miss but they did say he may have to wear a guard on it.’’
Port Adelaide utility Andrew Hayes will miss at least four weeks after injuring his hamstring during his comeback from a dislocated ankle in the reserves on Saturday.
‘’It looked like a sniper had shot him from the grand stand,’’ Port football manager Scott Peters said.
‘’The poor fella, someone bumped him and his leg just over-extended. The strain is up really high so he will be out for a minimum of four weeks. It’s just really frustrating for him because he finally had got his ankle right.’’
Glenelg captain Ty Allen is extremely unlikely to play against Port Adelaide at Alberton on Saturday after injuring his calf against South Adelaide on Saturday.
The Tigers skipper will undergo scans to determine the extent of the strain but it is expected he could miss two to three matches.
‘’It didn’t look good after the game,’’ Glenelg football manager Ken Applegarth.
‘’At this stage he is looking highly doubtful and he could miss a couple (of games).’’
Sturt midfielder Brodie Martin has been offered a reprimand for engaging in rough conduct with Norwood’s Matt Thomas at Envestra Park on Saturday.
South Adelaide captain Josh Thewlis has had his match day report for making head-high contact with Glenelg’s Lachlan Button withdrawn by the SANFL’s Incident Review Panel.