EYE INJURY: Falcon hospitalised during game

Zach Zdybel

Zach Zdybel

COLAC district AFL prospect Zach Zdybel spent Saturday in hospital after copping an eye injury while playing for the Geelong Falcons.

Falcons coach Andrew Allthorpe said the key forward was likely to miss this weekend’s clash with Eastern Ranges following the injury he suffered in the third quarter.

Despite losing Zdybel, the Falcons dominated the final term to run out 23.11 (149) to 13.4 (82) winners against the Northern Knights.

“Zach got a finger to the eye in the third quarter and had to go to hospital,” Allthorpe said.

“We’ll wait and see how he is during the week, I don’t think he’ll train Tuesday, and he might be doubtful for this weekend,” he said.

“Hopefully it’s only one week.”

Zdybel was among six Colac district footballers in the Falcons’ big win on Saturday.

Third-year Falcon Ben McCarthy played his first game of the season after a spot for a 19-year-old opened up, joining his cousin Liam McCarthy, Colac’s Frazer O’Gorman, Winchelsea’s Cassidy Parish and Cobden’s Sean Darcy in the team.

Darcy played a key role in the Falcons’ dominant fourth quarter, when a 10-goals-to-two term turned a 14-point lead into a 67-point blowout.

“We started and finished well, but in the middle quarters we went away from what we were doing well, which was winning the ball and defending well,” Allthorpe said.

“It was pretty much goal for goal in the middle quarters, they’re a really dangerous side when they get their run and carry going, so we had to be really switched on and work hard defensively as a team,” he said.

“Sean Darcy went into the ruck in the last quarter and got four clearances in a row, and that got momentum going back our way, we got back to winning the footy and applying pressure.”

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