ORBOST-Snowy Rovers’ Zac Guarnaccia is recovering in hospital after suffering a severe neck injury at Lindenow last week.
Guarnaccia reportedly fractured two vertebrae and displaced a third in a collision, with a bone fragment sitting near his spinal cord.
The game was called off in the fourth quarter, and an off-duty paramedic was able to act quickly and ensure a neck brace was put on.
Guarnaccia lost feeling in his left arm, but after being taken to the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, has been able to walk with the aim of a frame.
The opposing player was reported and given a one-week sanction, but there was no malice in the contact.
KEEN to consolidate after a round one win, Lindenow takes its East Gippsland football campaign to Stratford tomorrow.
Stratford will be hungry for a win, coming into the season with high expectations. In their 46-point loss to Boisdale-Briagolong last weekend, the Swans had 21 less scoring shots.
Both teams are getting used to new senior coaches, with Lindenow’s Kane Ashwood and Stratford’s Rowan Marsden having something to prove.
For their win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers, the Cats’ line-up was strengthened by the inclusion of Bairnsdale players, who will be required this weekend for the opening round of the Gippsland League season.
Paynesville will host Boisdale-Briagolong, which is riding high after smashing Stratford.
The Bombers played with aggression for the whole four quarters, wearing down the Swans’ defence despite inaccurate kicking.
It will be hard for the Gulls to top them after falling to Lakes Entrance, but perhaps the home ground advantage will come into play.
Premier Wy Yung, coming off a first round defeat, will travel to Orbost.
Orbost-Snowy Rovers will have its work cut out it after going down to Lindenow.
Wy Yung will be coming in hungry to make up for a shock loss to a storming Lucknow, and will be counting on senior players returning from other commitments.
The Tigers will also be affected by the beginning of the Gippsland League season.
Lucknow faces Lakes Entrance in what is set to be a Saturday night thriller, with both teams hoping to capitalise on strong wins last week.
Lakes will stare down the Magpies, whose focus on defence managed to keep them within sight of Wy Yung last week until surging in the final quarter.
The Seagulls, meanwhile, brought down Paynesville by two goals, also under lights.