Tales of the talls
THE BIG men are having a big say on the fortunes of North Central league clubs Wedderburn and Boort.
The impact of Redbacks’ tall Jordan Hargreaves and his counterpart at Boort, Nathan Twigg was on show a fortnight ago.
For Hargreaves, the league’s 2021 Feeny Medallist, it was his second game back from a training injury a fortnight into the season when the Redbacks were flying high.
But a training drill on a wet Easter Monday night saw him slide along the ground and break his right hand during a routine drill.
For the next six weeks, Hargreaves kept up the training routine “involving anything that didn’t use the hands”.
“It was one of those freak things ... normally it would just have been a dislocated finger,” Hargreaves said.
Match fitness was a concern for Hargreaves who returned three weeks ago in the win over Wycheproof Narraport and then lined up a week later against St Arnaud. “That was a tough one. The ground was wet and boggy and I struggled (for fitness) a bit. The ground was spongey and the ball play didn’t stop much all day,” he said.
“But I feel I am right now and not noticing the hand at all. So hopefully, we can have an upset at home this Saturday against Sea Lake.”
Hargreaves’ six-week absence from the Redbacks lineup was the first time he had missed a game through injury in his senior career.
“With the injuries around the club, it has been good to be available again for selection and be part of the team.”
Twigg, who switched to the Pies from Loddon Valley club Bears Lagoon Serpentine this season, has been among Boort’s best in six of the eight North Central games this season.
Like Hargreaves, Twigg was also on the injured list, missing two games after suffering concussion in the ANZAC weekend clash against Charlton.
One of those matches missed was against Wycheproof Narraport when the Pies went down by 26 points.
Twigg is expecting a cracker game when the two clash this Saturday.
“It’s going to be a solid game and if we can finish up in the second half of the season better, that will be really pleasing,” said Twigg who had played junior football at the Pies.
“I’m enjoying the switch to North Central ... stepping up and trying to be better, trying to make an impact and have a decent crack.”