Modewarre stars sidelined

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Updated: April 5, 2015
Modewarre coach Haami Williams already has one eye on 2016. Picture: AL PACKER
Haami Williams

Haami Williams is counting the cost following Modewarre’s opening round loss to Torquay. Picture: VICKI KING

MODEWARRE is counting the cost following Saturday night’s 90-point loss to Torquay with injuries to a number of key players, including star midfielder Josh Finch.

The three-time Ash medallist underwent surgery last night on a broken arm and is expected to miss up to eight weeks.

The Warriors were without a bench after quarter time after losing Jess Claffey (broken collarbone), Leigh Anderson (concussion) and Jacob Harper (gashed leg).

“The reality is, If I had of scripted the worst 30 minutes to start our season, I couldn’t have even imagined the 30 minutes that unfolded,” coach Haami Williams said.

Claffey is facing 12 weeks on the sideline after suffering more than one break.

“He tried to turn his body and the bloke deviated and collected him from behind his left shoulder and just shattered it,” Williams said of the incident.

Anderson’s concussion is likely to see him miss at least a fortnight.

“He was knocked out in flight, (and) on the ground he didn’t move,” Williams said.

“He couldn’t even put his feet on the ground when they picked him up, and still didn’t know what was going on an hour later.”

Harper is also set to miss next week’s clash with Portarlington, and possibly the Round 3 trip to Drysdale.

“He copped a full stop down his shin,” Williams said.

“It seriously looked like someone had got a bit of 50mm pipe and rammed it into his shin.”

Adding to Modewarre’s woes, Tyler Wemyss (front-on conduct) and Daniel Sturzaker (kneeing) were reported.

Wemyss’ case will heads straight to the tribunal, while Sturzaker – who was playing his first game after arriving from GFL club St Albans – rejected the offer a set penalty and will also face the judiciary.

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