Senior footballer makes early return in reserves win

Tyler Murnane.

Colac footballer Tyler Murnane made a successful return from injury in the Tigers’ reserves’ semi-final win yesterday.

Murnane played the first 15 games with the Tigers’ senior side this year before ending up in a moon boot after suffering a serious ankle injury a month ago.

Colac reserves coach Colin Hammond said Murnane impressed in the Tigers’ 7.4 (46) to 4.6 (30) win against reigning premier St Mary’s.

“He’s done well to get back, syndesmosis can be a 12-week injury so to be back in a month is really good,” Hammond said.

“I suppose he’s got to roll the dice a bit if he wants to put his hand up to get back into the senior grand final team,” he said.

“He was really good early, and got through okay.”

Ben McCarthy is in a similar situation, playing the bulk of the season in the seniors before succumbing to a quad injury.

Both McCarthy and Murnane will be ineligible to play in Colac’s reserves’ preliminary final side next week because they’ve overqualified with too many senior games, and the Tigers’ seniors have earned a week off.

But Hammond said his team bounced back well from last week’s qualifying final loss to Joeys, controlling the majority of the play in yesterday’s rain-soaked knock-out final.

Dylan Clissold and Aaron Clissold were solid in defence, while key talls Matt Garner and Tom Rieniets impressed despite the conditions not suiting talls.

“Last week against Joeys, they played well but just had lapses, but today I thought we held strong all day,” Hammond said.

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