Ex-Tiger among hurt Bombers

Former Simpson footballer Grady Rooke could miss the first three months of the Hampden league season with new club Cobden after breaking both bones in his wrist in a practice match.

Former Simpson footballer Grady Rooke is likely to miss three months of his first season with Cobden following surgery on a broken wrist, but the injury concerns don’t end there.

New Bombers coach Adam Courtney said the team would be without about eight of its starters for this weekend’s Hampden league season-opener against a new-look Warrnambool side.

Rooke injured the wrist in a practice match against Drysdale.

“Grady got tackled and the bloke who tackled him fell on top of him and broke both the bones in his wrist so he had to have surgery,” Courtney said.

“He had a plate and five screws put in, so it’s looking like he’s going to miss three months,” he said.

“It was disappointing for him because he’d had a fantastic pre-season, he’d hardly missed a session and was looking fit on the track.

“But he knows he’s got to let it heal and, when the time comes, put his hand up for selection.”

Rooke was entering his first season with Cobden after crossing from Colac district league club Simpson, where he played 82 senior games and featured in two premierships in his young career.

The skilful wingman isn’t the only Bomber on the long-term injury list; Charlie Darcy and former Geelong Falcon Paddy Smith are likely to be sidelined until late May.

Darcy injured a knee in Cobden’s practice match against the Colac Tigers, while Smith is still recovering from groin and foot injuries.

The Bombers will also be without vice-captains Paul Pekin, hamstring, and Jack Hutt, ankle, for the early stages of the season following injuries in practices, while Sam Uwland and Luke Pekin are also in doubt with hamstring soreness.

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