Tiger returns after year out

Colac Tigers footballer Alex McVilly, pictured playing with former club South Colac, played his first game on Saturday since the 2016 Colac district league grand final, following a second ACL injury.

Colac Tigers recruit Alex McVilly has made a successful return from a ruptured ACL in the club’s big reserves win on Saturday.

McVilly returned to the Tigers before the 2017 season following two years with Colac district league club South Colac, but was yet to play a game after rupturing his ACL for the second time during pre-season training.

Leersen said McVilly, the son of club legend John “Bomber” McVilly, had impressed in 50-per-cent game time in the Tigers’ 18.13 (121) to 1.1 (7) reserves win.

“Alex had his first game back which was pretty exciting,” he said.

“He’s had a long rehab but he looked good in the contest, he just played the 50-per-cent game time and his game time will slowly build up to full matches over the next six to eight weeks.

“We were really happy with his first game, there were positives all round, so now we’ll monitor how he’s pulled up and reassess from here.”

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