Maddern injury leaves South in tatters
By Richard Jones
As round 12 loomed for BFNL clubs back in 2013 the big news was that gun forward Justin Maddern was in doubt for South Bendigo’s crucial QEO match.
In the Saturday Advertiser’s back page story Bloods’ coach Rick Coburn was quoted as saying “Harry’s only a 50-50 chance of playing against Sandhurst.”
Maddern had suffered a finger injury in the final quarter of South’s loss to Gisborne in round 11.
The big spearhead was forced from the ground during the final stanza in the Sunday defeat to the Gardiner Reserve Dogs.
“We’ll see how he goes in the morning (Saturday morning) but we’ll be picking the fittest team we can and asking our 22 boys for a big effort,” the South coach said.
Coburn also had other matters on his mind, as well.
Midfielder Justin Wilson had submitted a clearance form to the South committee asking for a clearance to LVFL club Bears Lagoon-Serpentine.
“We only briefly mentioned Justin’s case at training. We’ve just to go about our business.
“But it turns out the players weren’t surprised by Justin’s news. They’ve just gone about preparing for the Hurst game the best they can.”
“I’ve stayed out of it. The club is dealing with Serpentine,” Coburn added.
The Bloods did go into the big game without Maddern as it turned out.
Joining him on the sidelines was versatile swingman Glen Scholtes, but South never posed a real threat to the Dragons as it turned out.
In fact had the Hurst kicked straight the winning margin would have been greater than the eventual 67 points.
Sandhurst led 5.12 to 1.5 at half-time. It took South until the 18-minute mark of the second term to notch a major thanks to the running George Hartney.
By then the Dragons had five goals on the board and led 42 to 11 at the half.
South’s chances had dived even further when key forward Rory Alexander injured a groin during the second term.
Ricky Symes switched up a gear in the final term booting three of his four Hurst goals with the Dragons led by Blair Holmes, Jon Coghlan and Codie Price adding five goals to nil in the last stanza and winning 13.22 (100) to 4.9 (33).