Monday 9 August 2010
Mt Gravatt have suffered a savage blow in their hunt for the 2010 QAFL premiership with co-captain Nathan Gilliland having his wrist broken yesterday.
The 2009 Grogan Medallist and Syd Guildford Trophy winner broke his scaphoid in the opening quarter of the 21-goal smashing of the Brisbane Lions Reserves.
The injury has almost certainly ended his season, although the dedicated midfielder-forward will do everything in his power to get back if his side can get to the last week or two of the finals series.
Vultures officials say Gilliland was blindsided and flattened off the ball in the high intensity opening minutes of the game and was in some pain when he came to the bench for his first rest.
However, he returned to the fray, kicking 1.2 against tagger Sam Sheldon in the opening quarter, finishing with 2.2 for the day, and laying a number of tackles that pleased the coaching staff.
Scans this morning revealed the break, leaving the star of the 2009 season devastated.
While his form was not at the extraordinary level of last year, Gilliland was still in the top 10 votegetters in the 2010 Syd Guildford Trophy count when voting went secret a fortnight ago.
Mt Gravatt meet Southport in a finals preview at Fankhauser Reserve on Saturday at 11am, the curtain-raiser to the Gold Coast-Werribee VFL game.