Injuries continue to hit Navarre

The injury concerns continue for Navarre as they look to take on Maryborough Rovers in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League tomorrow.

Injuries continue to cause concern for Navarre.

Injuries continue to cause concern for Navarre.

Navarre in recent weeks have suffered several serious injuries to senior players and are still yet to be challenged.

Maryborough Rovers have had just two wins for the season, but they have shown plenty of improvement in the past two weeks and will give themselves a chance against the young Navarre team.

Louis Hannett is expected to miss another four weeks with his fractured jaw, Brent Flood certainly won't be rushed back from his dislocated elbow and Billy Parry's wrist is still in plaster, so a number of youngers players will have their chance to impress over the next couple of weeks.

Luke Hendy, who has had knee soreness completed a fitness test last night, but it is still unknown whether he will play or not.

Last week's debutant Luke Wilkinson played well in defence and will most likely hold down a similar role this week.

"It was a test for him and he certainly didn't lose any respect," captain Louis Hannett said.

"The injuries to the team are not great, but it is good to get some senior football into other players in case they are needed down the track."

Hannett has likened the Maryborough Rovers style of play to that of Avoca which will mean Navarre's forward line will be flooded for the most of the game.

"They are a very defensive side similar to Avoca, so we need to be able to move the ball quickly," Hannett said.

"If we move the ball quickly that will give our forwards more of a chance."

Navarre were successful in their fast ball movement last weekend when they played Dunolly and managed more than 50 scoring opportunities.

Ash Driscoll has been the go to forward for the season having kicked 45 goals in his seven matches attracting most of the inside 50 entries.

Driscoll is currently leading the goalkicking for the league and sits nine goals clear of Mark Ramsey from Newstead who is averaging six goals per game.

Knowing little about Maryborough Rovers, Hannett expects them to be playing better football than their results suggest.

"They have had a couple of reasonably strong wins the last couple of weeks so their confidence will be up," Hannett said.

Navarre have had their strongest wins for the season away from their home ground and will be looking to play four quarters of good football to record a solid result tomorrow.

"If we play our game of football, even with injuries we should be okay," Hannett said.

Navarre still remain undefeated and will hope to keep it that way when the final siren sounds against Maryborough.

Play will get underway at 2.20pm at the Navarre Sports Complex tomorrow.


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