SEBASTOPOL needed a show of strength following its defeat against Bacchus Marsh on Saturday.
The Kookaburras probably got more than they asked for, though, when two of their better players were knocked out during training on Tuesday night.
Brent Van Gils and Shaun Henry earned a trip to the hospital when they collided with one another during a very robust contested ball work session that lasted an hour and half.
Both are now in doubt for the Globe Hotel Kookaburras’ home match against Melton South on Saturday at Marty Busch Reserve. Henry required stitches following the head clash, while Van Gils’ face is still swollen.
“It definitely was a tough session,” Sebastopol coach Shawne Dummett admitted.
“It was a disappointing performance against Bacchus Marsh, so I put the onus on the players and they responded.
“It was fantastic contested work, as you’d expect from a side that was badly beaten last week.
“We could have done without the injuries, though. We’ve also lost Matty Powell for two weeks with an ankle injury, and Sam Jenkins is unavailable.”
The 11th placed Kookaburras are unlikely to regain any experienced players in time to take on the Panthers at Marty Busch Reserves.
“We’ll give a couple of kids out of the under-18.5s a chance,” Dummett says. “Our under-18.5s are doing very well.”
Sebastopol’s under-18.5 team is in fifth position on the ladder with six wins and three losses.