It was one of the most anticipated returns to football and netball in a long time. However, there were some who got a reminder of the physicality involved in country sport.
Skipton co-coach Andrew Pitson was one, breaking his thumb early in the second quarter of his sides 68-point loss to Gordon at home on Saturday.
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The star forward told The Courier he didn't think it was a severe knock during the game, but scans revealed it was broken.
Pitson will see a surgeon on Tuesday and a time-frame for his return will be outlined.
Learmonth youngster Jack Treweek suffered a knee injury and is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.
Coach Nic Willox told The Courier it was disappointing for Treweek, who had just broken into the Lakies midfield.
Reigning Rokewood-Corindhap best and fairest winner Jackson O'Neil injured his hamstring in the same game, watching from the sidelines as his side claimed a two-point win.
Coach Shaune Moloney said he hopes O'Neil will miss just three to four weeks.
Newlyn coach Chris Banwell saw multiple players suffer broken noses in his side. The Cats have the bye in round two, so all players are expected to be fit to face Buninyong in round three.
Dunnstown recruit Scott Howson suffered a knock to the hip diving for a mark in the first quarter and struggled to shake it throughout the game.
Coach Glenn Wilkins said he should be fine to face Skipton on Saturday.
In positive injury news Bungaree is expecting Bailey Veale to return from a knee injury this weekend against Gordon. Andrew Milroy, who missed round one due to a family wedding, will also be welcomed back into the side.
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