Injuries hurt Hawks hopes
By TANIA PHILLIPS
INJURIES to key players cost Murwillumbah dearly as Lismore ran out comfortable winners in their Summerland Australian Football League match at Murwillumbah Showground on Saturday.
The Hawks lost 17-11 (113) to 7-7 (49) after trailing by just five points at quarter time.
"It was a good old-fashioned football lesson that's the only way I can describe the match," said Hawks coach Ray Cole who was left to lament the loss of ruckman Greg Mumford and fullforward Steve Probst early in the second term.
Mumford had five stitches inserted after a head clash while Probst was forced from the field with an ankle injury.
In their absence the Kangaroos kicked five goals to one for the quarter.
"We failed to score a major in the third quarter mainly due to a lack of talk," Cole said.
"I was a bit disappointed that I had guys running into open goals only to miss thinking that they were under pressure.
"The guys switched back on in the final quarter, scoring two goals to Lismore's three. They played out the game to the end but it was shot long before that."
Despite his earlier injury Mumford came back on in the final quarter and is likely to play next week while Probst remains in doubt.
Cole is also in doubt after dislocating a finger for the second time in two games.
The Hawks are due to play Casino next week.
The Lions will be on a high after beating premiers Byron Bay 12-16 (88) to 10-8 (68). In the other match, competition leaders Ballina thrashed Nimbin 33-14 (212) to 4-2 (26).