SOUTH Colac recruit Jacob Roberts will join team-mate Jordan Murrihy on the football sidelines for 2011.
Roberts, a former Roo senior best and fairest winner who returned from Cobden this season, will miss the next 12 months after undergoing a full reconstruction of his anterior cruciate ligament.
The injury takes the Roos’ long-term injury list to two, after Murrihy went through the same procedure a fortnight ago.
But it’s not all bad news for the Roos, which produced a performance coaches deemed worthy of the Hampden Football League at the weekend.
The club competed in the HFNL’s pre-season Four10 Cup – a 20-minute half, round-robin-style tournament with $5000 up for grabs.
Coach Stephen Hammond said his team rose to the challenge, despite the Roos finishing without a win.
South Colac was a late inclusion in the cup, after a practice match against Warrnambool district club Panmure fell through during the week due to a cricket grand final.
Hammond, who has connections with the Hampden league from his time with Cobden, contacted cup organisers who added South Colac to the program alongside Terang Mortlake, Koroit, South Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Cobden.
With eight players out, including captain Clay Brewer, the Roos went down in a one-point thriller 7.2 (44) to 7.3 (45) to Port Fairy, which finished seventh in 2010.
They then kicked within a goal of third-placed Terang Mortlake, losing 4.4 (28) to 5.4 (34), with Ben Cox, Jake O’Dwyer, Dave Marendaz and Daniel Roberts all impressing.
Hammond said the prospect of coming up against Hampden league sides failed to intimidate him.
South Colac will cap off its practice match program with an intra-club match at Joiner Reserve at 6.30pm tomorrow night.