Star Colac midfielder Kody Spokes could face surgery following the Tigers’ shock loss to St Marys.
Last year’s runner-up St Marys had endured a slow start to the 2019 season, but claimed its first major scalp on Saturday, beating the previously-undefeated Colac, 9.15 (69) to 9.11 (65).
Injuries to Spokes and key defender Tom Simpkin added salt to the Tigers’ wounds during the clash at Central Reserve.
Spokes went to hospital following the match after a tackle in the third quarter left him with a broken nose and a fractured cheekbone.
“He was off for a while but he ended up going back onto the ground,” Colac co-coach Kane Leersen said yesterday.
“He went to hospital after the game,” he said.
“We’re not sure how long he could be out for, it will depend on if he needs surgery, but we’ll be finding that out today.”
Leersen said Simpkin, in his second game back from a knee reconstruction, could face another stint on the sidelines after injuring his wrist midway through the second quarter and playing no further part in the match.
“He landed awkwardly in a tackle,” he said.
“He’ll get scans to see whether it’s broken or not.”
The Tigers remained in the hunt when Simpkin went down, with scores level at 4.5 (29) at half time.
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