A season-ending injury to emerging Apollo Bay youngster Dustin Walters has soured the Hawks’ “best win of the year”.
Just a week after earning a mid-season call-up to train with TAC Cup team the Geelong Falcons, Walters suffered a broken collarbone during Apollo Bay’s win against Alvie, which is likely to require surgery.
Walters was chasing a loose ball on the ground early in the second term when he collided with an opposition player, before being rushed to hospital.
Apollo Bay co-coach Craig Rippon said he was “gutted for the kid”.
“It’s just tragic, he’s an up-and-coming star of the comp and he’d just gotten invited to train with the Falcons and then this happens,” he said.
“He had x-rays and scans on Saturday night and, at this stage, it looks like he’ll need surgery this week.
“I spoke to him Saturday night and he was pretty down, but he’s young, he’s still got a bright future, this is just a speed bump on the way.”
Despite being a man down for most of the match, the seventh-placed Hawks stuck with the fourth-placed Swans, and led by five points going into the final term.
Kicking into the breeze and with a host of sore bodies, the Hawks outscored the Swans five goals to three to record a memorable 13.7 (85) to 9.14 (68) win, which lifted them into sixth spot, equal on points with fifth-placed Simpson.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.