Scans for Ammos big man

Updated: February 19, 2016
Geelong Amateur - Hamish Dahl (2)
Geelong Amateur recruit Hamish Dahl clutches at his ankle. Picture: AL PACKER

Geelong Amateur recruit Hamish Dahl clutches at his ankle during Wednesday night’s match simulation against Grovedale. Picture: AL PACKER

GEELONG Amateur is hopeful big man Hamish Dahl will only be sidelined for a month after suffering an ankle sprain during match simulation against Grovedale on Wednesday night.

Dahl, who has arrived at Queen’s Park from Southern league club East Brighton, landed awkwardly following a ruck contest.

He spent several minutes being assessed on the ground by Ammos medical staff before being assisted from Shaw Oval.

Amateur football boss Ben Hunter says Dahl will undergo scans when the swelling subsides.

Prior to the injury, coach Rowan McSparron spoke about Dahl providing support for veteran ruckman Peter Street.

“His body feels really good. We’ve managed him this pre-season,” said of Street.

“We’ve got another fella on board that should be able to handle a bit of the ruck work for him, so that should be able to give him a fair chop out throughout the year.”

Prior to East Brighton, Dahl played in the Essendon league with Doutta Stars and home club Kangaroo Flat in Bendigo, who he re-joined after nine senior games with VFL club Coburg in 2010-11 when it was aligned to Richmond.

Meanwhile, Tom Balding has returned to Geelong Amateur after a year at St Joseph’s.

Balding played 10 games and kicked 26 goals in 2014 for Ammos, but after playing in the second semi-final, was left out of the club’s grand final win over Ocean Grove.

Geelong Amateur opens its season on March 26 against Queenscliff.

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