Dubbo Demons captain-coach Kim Woodman is hopeful of having midfielder Rohan Brill back in the fold this week as the side endeavours to claim its first win of the 2011 Reliance Petroleum Cup.
The Demons let a couple of chances slip in a 16.13-109 to 10.10-70 loss against the Young Saints at Burrangong Oval, Young, last Saturday.
The 39-point result wasn’t a true indication of the gulf between the two sides, with the home side dominating the third quarter and setting up a match-winning lead.
For the Demons, powerful full forward Greg Richter booted five goals while youngsters Jackson Mawbey and Mitch Haley were among the other goalkickers.
Former captain-coach Terry Lyons also made a welcome return from injury, playing in a backline that contained a number of young players.
Woodman faces a tough task to get his side up for this Saturday’s clash against Cowra but said he is hopeful Brill would be available for selection. “Rohan is our best and fairest from last season and he is one of our more experienced midfielders,” Woodman said.
“He has had a back injury and hopefully will be back this week. If it’s not this week it should be the week after so that will be a boost for us.
“On the weekend our midfield was pretty good. We were able to get the ball inside our forward 50 a lot better and that shows with ‘Richo’ kicking five goals.
“We were probably let down by our crumbing but we had about five juniors playing first grade and a couple of other guys making their debut.”
While Brill’s anticipated return will help the Demons, they will be missing Tom Quilter and Doug North for the foreseeable future.
North has gone to Queensland for the birth of a child while Quilter is expected to be out long term with a dislocated clavicle.
“Tom is looking at six to eight weeks on the sideline so we won’t have him for a while which is a shame,” Woodman said.
“He’s one of the crumbing players we could use right now so its not good to be missing him. Doug is one of our better midfielders but he has a baby coming so hopefully he will be back in a couple of weeks.
“In the meantime we will continue to give the young guys a go in first grade and reward them for the work they are putting in.”
YOUNG SAINTS 16.13-109 (Lloyd Kimber 4, Robert Harrington 4, Rence Cummins 3, Craig Turner 3, Geoff Harmer, Fred Cummins goals) def DUBBO DEMONS 10.10-70 (Greg Richter 5, Brendan Ford, Jackson Mawby, John Card, Mich Haley, Stephen Howlett goals)
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