Jets crippled by injuries

Bilambil Jets fullback Tyler Chadburn is out of this week’s match against Cudgen with concussion, along with eight other players after a bruising encounter with Tugun last week.
Bilambil Jets fullback Tyler Chadburn is out of this week’s match against Cudgen with concussion, along with eight other players after a bruising encounter with Tugun last week. James Perkins

THE first challenge for the Bilambil Jets tomorrow against Cudgen Hornets will be getting a fit team on to the turf.

The win over Tugun last weekend came at a cost, with up to nine players out of this week's game through injury.

The Jets' injury list could fill a book.

The most serious injury was to Wade Hall, who broke his patella, putting him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.

The other players injured from last week's outing were Tyler Chadburn, out with concussion (one week), Billy-Jak Capps with a broken ankle (season), Jamie Donaldson with a shoulder injury (season), Jay Lynn with a shoulder injury (indefinite), Mitch Spackman with a shoulder injury (2-4 weeks), Drew Lanston with a broken collarbone (4-6 weeks) and Guy Lanston with a broken nose (1-2 weeks).

Jets coach Jim Lenihan said nine players were called up from the reserve grade to replace injured players.

"We are the most under-strengthen we have ever been," Lenihan said.

"I have never seen anything like it."

Lenihan said the match against Cudgen Hornets at their home ground would be tough.

"This does give new players a chance to prove themselves," he said.

"They (Cudgen) are going to be tough at home."

Hornets coach Craig Field said he wasn't underestimating last year's premiers despite the injury list.

"I don't want to read much into it," Field said.

"I'm sure they have got plenty of depth."

Field said the Hornets were improving each week and it was a different team from the one that started the season.

 

Bilambil Jets: 1. T Chadburn, 2. B Broadwood, 3. M Ovington, 4. B Hicks, 5. R Helton, 6. P Rolls (c), 7. C Stanford, 8. L Windley, 9. S Smith, 10. R King, 11. J Hind, 12. M Willmot, 13. J Watson, 14. A Woods, 15. B Rigney, 16. J Taylor, 17. C Rigney.

Cudgen Hornets: 1. J Sands, 2. S Nicholls, 3.D Potter, 4. A Coutts, 5. S Julius, 6. D Widders, 7. E Price, 8. D Donovan, 9. J Palmer, 10. T Hancock, 11. J Solley, 12. P Spring, 13. D Chaumont, 14. J Beadling, 15. B Upton, 16. T Pamintangi, 17. C Toopi.

The matches between Cudgen Hornets and the Bilambil Jets are on tomorrow at Cudgen, with four grades, beginning with the under-17s at 10.45am.

Topics:  hornets, injury, jets, rugby league



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