Injury toll mounts for Huntly in HDFNL netball

INJURED: Huntly goal shooter Laura Philbrick is facing a stint on the sidelines following the recurrence of a back injury against Elmore last Saturday. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
INJURED: Huntly goal shooter Laura Philbrick is facing a stint on the sidelines following the recurrence of a back injury against Elmore last Saturday. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

HUNTLY will sweat on the diagnosis of a nasty back injury to its class goal shooter Laura Philbrick.

The accurate Hawk was injured in the final quarter of Saturday’s 11 goal win against Elmore at Huntly. Early fears are that Philbrick has two bulging discs in her back.

The clash between the A-grade competition’s fourth and fifth teams was stopped for minutes and eventually moved to an adjoining court.

Hawks coach Emily Eliades said the full extent of Philbrick’s injury was expected to be known on Thursday.

“At this stage it’s a matter of just resting and applying heat and ice,” she said.

“She saw a physio (on Monday) and has a couple more appointments this week.

“She’s struggled with her back since we played Mount Peasant (on June 2) – the final minutes of that game her back was so tight – and she just hasn’t been able to get it right.

“It was not like it was a heavy knock – it was more like the icing on the cake to an ongoing injury.”

Philbrick’s injury continues a horror run for the Hawks, who have lost Montana Kekich (ACL), Alex Waterman (Achilles) and Mel Biggs (knee) also to injury in the past weeks.

With player numbers dwindling, Eliades took to the court at goal keeper during the second half against the Bloods.

It was only the second game the second-year Hawks coach has played this season after taking to the court for half a game in A-reserve earlier this year.

Huntly will be further disadvantaged for this week’s clash against Huntly, with goal attack Ash Jenkyn unavailable and Sharna Appleby expected to play only a half due to basketball commitments.

In other games this weekend, Elmore meets White Hills, Colbinabbin clashes with Mount Pleasant and North Bendigo hosts Lockington-Bamawm United.

Leitchville Gunbower has the bye.

LADDER

Colbinabbin 11-0; White Hills 10-1; Mount Pleasant 9-3; Huntly 8-4; Elmore 5-6-1; Leitchville-Gumbower 3-8-1; North Bendigo 2-10; Lockington-Bamawm United 2-9; Heathcote 1-10.