More injury woes for Bulldogs
ANOTHER week has brought another long list of injuries for long-suffering Brothers Bulldogs’ coach Wayne Ling.
With eight key players struck from the team list, Brothers face a tough battle against the dominant Hervey Bay Bombers at Brothers Sports Ground.
Ling has nearly run out of fingers counting his wounded, with utility Mitch Sartori, ruck rover Justin Sheehan, centre Rob Searle, centre halfback Chris Heaslip, rover Jesse Hawk, fullback Ben Turnbull and halfbacks Craig Beck and Scott Anderson all sidelined.
“It’s been the same story week in week out for us this season so we just have to make the most of what we’ve got and play the best football we can,” he said.
“It is frustrating and it is trying as a coach, but that’s football; you’ve just got to get on with it.”
Ling has prepared his remaining players for a tough battle and stressed the importance of clipping the wings of the Bombers’ rollicking midfielders.
“They’ve got a strong midfield and plenty of strength on the
forward line, so we’re going to need to try and shut them down before they do too much damage.
“At the end of the day both teams will have 18 players on the ground so it will be a matter of ensuring we all play the best football we can and making sure we don’t make silly mistakes,” Ling said.