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Dream Team Medical Room: Round 14

And just like that the byes are over. After three weeks of depleted teams and sub-par scoring, round 14 brings with it fresh hope and more importantly full teams! Well that is of course unless you’re carrying any wounded from the massacre that has been this entire season!

And just like that the byes are over. After three weeks of depleted teams and sub-par scoring, round 14 brings with it fresh hope and more importantly full teams! Well that is of course unless you’re carrying any wounded from the massacre that has been this entire season!

Scott Pendlebury headlines the omissions for this week as his broken Tibia is once again keeping him sidelined. Although he is rearing to go it looks like the standard minimum of 4 weeks will be adhered to but will he be back next week? Maybe Pendlebury should ask Alan Didak what his secret is as to my surprise he has been called a potential starter for this week’s game by Collingwood. From a quote “complete” tear in round 11 to play round 14 he either a) did not fully tear his adductor b) Collingwood medical staff lied or c) has superhuman healing powers. Either way let’s hope he gets up for those who had the patience to hold him.

An interesting injury to come from the weekend’s games is a season ending a career threatening foot injury to Melbourne’s Mitch Clark. Clark suffered a Lisfranc injury to his right foot and was substituted off in the second quarter after colliding with teammate James Magner. The Lisfranc injury  or Tarsometatarsal injury  is an injury of the midfoot region where in one or all of the Metatarsal bones are displaced from the Tarsus by means of either boney fracture or ligamentous rupture. Clark may or may not have surgery depending on the specifics of his injury, however Melbourne medical staff will have to be very careful with Clark’s  management as the very same injury ended hawthorn Trent Croad’s career.

Still on the lower limb Daniel Giansiracusa will be out for another 4 weeks after scans confirmed a stress fracture in his foot. If he’s keeps going the way he is could be a cheap option or next year? Angus Monfries has added yet another soft tissue injury to Essendons injury list and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a grade one hamstring tear. Although playing well something has to be looked at/changed in Essendon conditioning plans to limit the amount of soft tissue injuries in the seasons to come.

Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett is under a cloud of doubt for this weekend after sustaining a concussion in Adelaide’s loss to North Melboune. The same very cloud is also circling Fremantle defender Greg Broughton after he collided with a team mate late in the last quarter. If Selwood is anything to go by then these two should not play this weekend, however the club doctors will make that call. Anthony Moribito’s return to AFL has also taken a small side road as he too way laid out on the weekend in an off the ball incident in the WAFL. One week maximum rest though for all three of the above, so hold if anything. On a final concussion note, all recovered from his concussion administered rest is Saint Kilda rookie Ahmed Saad. Expect him to be named this week if form permits. Captain and team mate Nick Reiwoldt is also likely to play after tweaking his calf two weeks ago against North Melbourne. Back to Adelaide and rookie Sam Shaw will face a fitness test this week after injuring his knee (that might explain his poor scoring on the weekend). After making his way into many teams let’s hope he gets some more game time to earn some dollars.

Further return this week include Jordan Lewis, Hayden Ballantyne, Will Minson and hopefully Ryan Hargrave. One more missed game from Hargrave and Andrew Carrazzo will be looking like a very tasty option for many coaches out of patience. With no set injury Hargraves extended rest surely must be form related? Brendon Whitecross should play after a two week rest with groin soreness (one being a bye) and after 10 week out with an elbow fracture Gold Coast Jarred Harbrow is available to face West Coast. On that topic West Coast may choose to rest some of their senior players again GC with Scott Selwood in particular taking a knock to the shoulder on the weekend. With Adam Selwood out with an arm infection and Will Schofield and Sam Butler both recovering from hamstring troubles Thursday will give us more of an insight into West Coasts plans of the near future, but I don’t see them rushing anyone back for this weekend’s outing.

And that rounds it up. The injury list below is from and the Herald Sun. Some timeframes may differ slightly to official individual club releases and people with inside knowledge. So do some research before pulling the trigger?


Remember for all your Perth Physiotherapy needs : Contact Jakub at Mount Pleasant Physiotherapy on (08) 9315 3855 or email        

Bookings with Jakub

Kurt Tippett (concussion) test
Jarryd Lyons (foot) 2 weeks
Sam Shaw (knee) test

Todd Banfield (leg) test
Matthew Leuenberger (achilles) 1 week
Brent Staker (knee) season
Bryce Retzlaff (knee) season
Matt McGuire (shoulder/elbow) TBA

Jarrad Waite (back) test
Levi Casboult (knee) 2 weeks
Nick Heyne (hamstring) 2 weeks
Marcus Davies (shoulder) 2 weeks
Marc Murphy (shoulder) 3-5 weeks
Simon White (knee) 6 weeks
Jeremy Laidler (knee) season
Sam Rowe (testicular cancer) indefinite

Scott Pendlebury (leg) test
Alan Didak (torn groin/adductor) 4-8 weeks
Ben Johnson (shoulder) Indefinite
Andrew Krakouer (knee) Indefinite
Brent Macaffer (knee) Indefinite
Josh Thomas (foot) Indefinite
Luke Ball (knee) Season
Lachie Keeffe (knee) Season

Alwyn Davey (suspension) 1 week
Angus Monfries (hamstring) 3 weeks
Scott Gumbleton (concussion) test
David Zaharakis (quad) 4 weeks
Jason Winderlich (hamstring) unavailable
Brent Prismall (knee) indefinite

Zac Dawson (knee) 1-2 weeks
Nathan Fyfe (shoulder) 5-6 weeks
Antoni Grover (knee) 1 week
Stephen Hill (ankle) test
Josh Mellington (hamstring) 2-3 weeks
Viv Michie (foot) TBA
Aaron Sandilands (toe) 9 weeks
Cam Sutcliffe (shoulder) TBA
Chris Mayne (ankle) test
Greg Broughton (concussion) test

Travis Varcoe (foot) indefinite
Jordan Murdoch (finger) indefinite
Nathan Vardy (hip) indefinite
Josh Cowan (achilles) indefinite
Daniel Menzel (knee) season

Nathan Bock (leg) season
Campbell Brown (shin/knee) TBA
Michael Coad (thumb) 4-5 weeks
Charlie Dixon (cheekbone) 1-2 weeks
Daniel Gorringe (achilles) indefinite
Jarrad Harbrow (elbow) 2 week
Tom Lynch (foot) 2-3 weeks
David Swallow (knee) 2-3 weeks
Seb Tape (knee) season
Rory Thompson (ankle) TBA
Dion Prestia (hamstring) 3 weeks
Jaeger O’Meara (groin) test

Stephen Clifton (knee) test
Stephen Coniglio (thumb) 2-3 weeks
Rhys Cooyou (groin) 1-2 weeks
Israel Folau (hamstring) test
Josh Growden (leg) 2-3 weeks
Anthony Miles (knee) 1 week
Setanta O’hAilpin (knee) season
Liam Sumner (foot) 2-3 weeks
Jacob Townsend (jaw) 2-3 weeks
Dom Tyson (shin) 1-2 weeks
Tim Segrave (back) test

Max Bailey (wrist) 2-4 weeks
Xavier Ellis (knee) 3-4 weeks
Luke Hodge (knee) 1-2 weeks
Will Langford (shoulder) 1-2 weeks
Broc McCauley (elbow) test
Michael Osborne (knee) season
Alex Woodward (knee) season

Rohan Bail (concussion) test
Clint Bartram (knee) test
Brad Green (hip) 1 week
Liam Jurrah (ankle) 2-4 weeks
Neville Jetta (ankle) 2-4 weeks
Michael Evans (back) 4-6 weeks
Rory Taggert (back) indefinite
Max Gawn (knee) season
Mitch Clark (foot) season


Hamish McIntosh (knee) 2-3 weeks
Jack Ziebell (back) test

Mitch Banner (knee) 2-3 weeks
Travis Boak (foot) 1 week
Robbie Gray (knee) season
Hamish Hartlett (hamstring) 4 weeks
Steven Salopek (knee) 1-2 weeks
Jay Schulz (abdomen) 4-6 weeks
Paul Stewart (thigh) 1 week
Jacob Surjan (concussion) 1 week
Jackson Trengrove (finger) 3-4 weeks
Aaron Young (ankle) 1 week
Dom Cassisi (hip) 1 week
Cameron Hitchcock (hamstring) TBC

Matthew Arnot (ankle) 1-2 weeks
Brad Helbig (foot) indefinite

Ahmed Saad (concussion) available
Rhys Stanley (hamstring) test
Jack Newnes (quad) test
Nick Riewoldt (calf) test


Jordan Lockyer (hamstring) TBA
Luke Parker (collarbone) 5 weeks
Gary Rohan (leg) season
Jed Lamb (shin) 1 week
Shane Mumford (back) test
Josh Kennedy (groin) test

Bradd Dalziell (knee) 1 week
Andrew Embley (shoulder) 3 weeks
Josh Kennedy (ankle) 7-8 weeks
Mark LeCras (knee) season
Mark Nicoski (hamstring) 6 weeks
Will Schofield (hamstring) 2 weeks
Adam Selwood (arm) TBA
Ashley Smith (ankle) test
Blayne Wilson (ankle) 10-12 weeks
Scott Lycett (knee) 9 weeks
Scott Selwood (shoulder) test

Tom Williams (shoulder) test
James Mulligan (achilles) test
Will Minson (club suspension) available
Dale Morris (leg) indefinite



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    Buzzy Bee

    June 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Nice work Jakub.

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    Trimm Trabb

    June 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Great work Jakub.

    Small style thing though: probably worth bolding the whole name (i.e. Scott Pendlebury instead of just Pendlebury). You also only need to bold the name once, makes it hard to read if you keep on bolding after the first instance.

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      June 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Trimm – what a bell end. Write it up yourself next time you ingrate.

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    Chuck Norris

    June 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Very informative article Jakub.

    Intresting point you bring up with Hargrave. I have the option of trading Marty Clarke or Hargrave out for Carrazzo. If Hargrave is out this week, which player do you guys think I should trade out?

    (My current backline: Lids, Birch, God, Heppell, Waters, Hargrave Clarke (Shaw, Darley) )

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      June 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Haha I have the exact same backline as you!
      Im going Clarke > Carrots this week but if Gravy misses again I may get rid of him…

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    lachlan forbes

    June 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Cheers Jakub.

    I’m hoping that Tippett is good to play because he is my f7 :/

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    June 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    The 4wk timeframe for Zaharakis… that 4 weeks from now??? I thought it would be 4 weeks TOTAL injury time.

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      June 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      I would think total. Usually a 4-6 week injury baring any complications or setbacks.

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    June 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I posted elsewhere but is it probably worth repeating here …

    I was up against Nick Maxwell last round … he traded Pendles to Watson during last week. This was his only trade even though he had 3 other donuts.

    Suggests Pendles might be a couple of weeks yet.

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      June 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      With his training restricted to bike riding, even if back rnd 15 I would expect he will be underdone. At best rnd 16 from when you would put him on the field (if you are continuing to carry him). Should be palatable if Zorko M6 and continues current form. Horsley as back up probably impacts scoring by 20-40points.

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    June 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    The lions have come out and said they dont expect Matthew Leuenberger to return until round 18

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    June 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    any idea when zaha might come back?

    and what are peoples thoughts on when he comes back? will he be another goodes 27 score?

    to trade him or not to… thats a big question….

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      June 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      i reckon 4 more weeks…. did you read the article?

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    June 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    @jakub. I’m curious about Dom Cassisi. Has a hip flexor and won’t be out for long by reports. But I’m curious as if this could be the reason for his form drop. Or if it is a role change in which case it’s a stay away thing.

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    June 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    DEF: Delidio, Goddard, Waters, Birchell, Hargrave, Darley, Sam Shaw, (Townsend, Spurr)

    MID: Swan, Ablett, Stanton, Boyd, Thompson, Beams, (Gibson, Sexton)

    RUCK: Cox, Giles, (Redden, Stephenson)

    FWD: Franklin, Sidebottom, Robinson, Dangerfield, Martin, Cloke, Zorko, (Pfierrier, Black)

    9 trades left and $256,900 in the bank.

    Thoughts on trades to complete my team??

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      June 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Hargrave to Carrazo this week if i were you

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      Mark Mellow

      June 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Looking at your team your end game (not this week) should be to get Beams into your Forward line and upgrade a Mid to a Premium like Jobe, Rocky or Pendles.

      Keep that in mind when trading so you dont get stuck with a Forward taking a mid spot.

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        June 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        Which mid would i upgrade??

        I was thinking to swap zorko and beams and than trade zorko for a prem mid but hes shown alot now that he looks like a keeper…

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          Mark Mellow

          June 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm

          Ideally you would upgrade Gibson or Sexton when they max out.

          Use Zorko in your Forwards (Cloke on bench) and if you need cover in either your mids or forwards use Cloke.

          Would have to wait till Gibson or Sexton max out though, if you are chasing a league win it would be a good idea to wait.

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    June 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    1. Sub zorko in fwd
    trade hawkins
    bring j p kennedy (swans) into mid

    2. trade hawkins for robinson/dangerfield (preferably robbo)

    3. hold trades

    9 trades left

    124,200 in bank

    def: deledio, scotland, waters, goddard, suckling, m clarke (wilkes, Lodge)
    mid: ablett, boyd, pendles, j selwood, priddis, zorko,( Brad Hill, K stevens)
    ruc: cox giles (stephenson, pattison)
    fwd: franklin, sidebottom, pavlich, martin, porplyzia, hawkins, t adams (Patton, J Paine)

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      June 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      d6 is grimes

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    June 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Love your articles in general, and this one was no exception.

    Just need a little bit of help with defenders. Who trade trade Carrazzo in? Bugg or Clarke? (Also have Ellis and Darley but holding on)

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      June 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Btw guys Hargrave ahould be back after he so called woke up sore 2 weeks ago so they gave him a rest.

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    June 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Broc McCauley (elbow) test

    Will he play for Hawthorn this year again? Or should I trade to Campbell and make some cash?

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    June 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

    what are your thoughts on mumford jakub, should i hold off bringing him in?

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      June 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Back injuries in sport are hard as they of come back. Id let him play a few more.

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    June 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    DEF: Delidio, Goddard, Waters, Birchell, Hargrave, Darley, Sam Shaw, (Townsend, Spurr)

    MID: Swan, Ablett, Stanton, Boyd, Thompson, Beams, (Gibson, Sexton)

    RUCK: Cox, Giles, (Redden, Stephenson)

    FWD: Franklin, Sidebottom, Robinson, Dangerfield, Martin, Cloke, Zorko, (Pfierrier, Black)

    9 trades left and $256,900 in the bank

    now that the teams have been released, thoughts on my team and trade options??

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