The collective Tatura Football Netball Club will hope for positive news this week after one of its favourite sons went down with what looks to be a serious knee injury.
Bulldogs co-captain and multiple best-and-fairest winner Mitch Elliott came off second best from a contest on the stroke of half-time against Kyabram on Saturday and was taken from the field on a stretcher.
The midfielder was — as usual — among the better players on the field when the injury occurred and the importance of his work to Tatura’s chances this season cannot be overstated.
‘‘We’re not sure, it’s a knee (injury) of some sort and the initial signs probably don’t look great,’’ Tatura coach Jamason Daniels said.
‘‘He’s our heart and soul, we’ll just wish for the best and see what happens.’’
Elliott’s injury soured a positive round one overall for the Bulldogs after they pushed the Bombers right to the wire in an eventual 23-point defeat.
‘‘It’s obviously disappointing, we came here to win and we didn’t get the job done, so we need to just get better in a few areas,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘We didn’t execute well, our disposal efficiency was really poor and we didn’t finish off our work so it’s disappointing, but I thought there were a lot of positives to take out of it.’’
The likes of Nick Fothergill (two goals), Braydon Sutton, Jordan O’Dwyer and Jason Tutt were impressive in their Tatura debuts, while Jaydan Thewma (three goals) was electric up forward as he attempted to turn the contest in his side’s favour.
‘‘Those new guys were good and I thought Shanno’s (Matt Shannon’s) run was great and it was great to get him through another game, he’ll just get better as he goes on,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘I’d hate to see what their (Kyabram’s) scores from turnovers were, it felt like it was all on us and we just butchered the ball.
‘‘We just need to work on that and the good thing is that we can improve. It’s a relatively new squad with a lot of new faces and that will get better and better as the year goes on.
‘‘I didn’t expect us to come and play our best footy today and hopefully we’ll be able to do that later in the year.’’