Injured Panthers hit hard by Bulls
IT has been a tough week at the office for the Central Highlands rugby league’s defending premiers Middlemount Panthers, with a high injury toll adding to the side’s woes following a 34-10 drubbing by Dysart Bulls at the weekend.
The season looks to be all over for Panthers’ second-rower Matthew Sellings who sustained a dislocated and fractured pelvis in the Panthers’ Saturday night encounter in Dysart.
The 26-year-old was admitted to Dysart hospital before he was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital on Sunday afternoon in a stable condition.
“He’s got an operation on Friday (today) to get a few plates put in and get it fixed up,” Panthers spokesman Steve Henderson said.
It was a troublesome night for Middlemount on the injury front with a dislocated shoulder, knee injuries and a concussion compounding the club’s already badly wounded playing ranks.
“We were down to 13 men by half time,” Henderson said.
“We were doing it tough but Dysart reckoned it was one of the hardest games they’ve played all year.
“It would have been good to see how we would have gone with a full bench.”
In Emerald, Clermont Bears picked Emerald Cowboys to pieces to halt their comeback.
Smashed 34-4 by the Bears, the Cowboys struggled for continuity and were dealt with accordingly.
“We never really looked like we would score,” Cowboys president Damon Walsh said.
“We couldn’t hold the ball and spent the whole game tackling.
“I don’t think we completed one set in the second-half. The only upside is that Clermont probably should have scored more points and our scramble defence was good.”