South Colac assistant coach Luke Burnett is set to join banned skipper Jake O’Dwyer on the sidelines for the remainder of finals after breaking a collarbone in the Roos’ semi-final loss to Lorne.
Roos coach Josh Black confirmed that Burnett would not return again this year following the injury in the third term of the 8.6 (54) to 11.6 (72) loss.
“He sat the bench for a little bit, but then went to hospital at three-quarter time,” he said.
“It is disappointing for him and for us, I thought he was really good in our first final, he’s a really good ball user and as an assistant coach he’s a good leader on field.”
The injury was another cruel blow for Burnett, who missed the majority of the season due to a lengthy battle with ulcerative colitis.
“He did so much to get back, so to have this happen in a semi-final is pretty heartbreaking,” Black said.
“But he’s faced more adversity than this, everyone will rally around him,” he said.
Meanwhile, Black said South Colac would not contest O’Dwyer’s four-week ban following an incident with Cam White in the Roos’ qualifying final loss to Birregurra.
O’Dwyer pled guilty to striking at a tribunal hearing on Thursday night.
“He’s pretty remorseful and he knows he stuffed up, and I know he’s reached out to Cam White,” Black said.
“Those who know him know it was uncharacteristic, it was a one off,” he said.
“It’s disappointing but he’s copped it on the chin and we’ll move on.”
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