RIVERINA FOOTBALL LEAGUE
THE season of talented Wagga Tigers teenager Jeremiah Maslin is over after he received the worst possible news about his injured ankle.
Maslin had to be taken from the field in a stretcher during the second quarter of last Sunday's three-point win over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.
Maslin knew he was in trouble immediately and put his hand up to the bench only to later learn he has broken two bones in his leg.
Tigers captain-coach Matt Rava said it was a devastating blow to Maslin.
"I'm pretty shattered for the fellow," Rava said.
"He's had a cracking start to the year and been in our best every week basically.
"I know how he is there with that injury, having had it before.
"It's pretty disappointing for him and the club as well because he's a big loss."
Maslin had enjoyed an outstanding start to the season for Tigers, while juggling a busy schedule with school football as well.
He was part of the successful Mater Dei Carroll Cup team and took out Player of the Series for the second consecutive year.
Maslin had surgery this week on his leg and will have to wait three months for it to heal.
Maslin will be one of several omissions for the trip to Narrandera tomorrow.
Charlie Bance has been called up to play for Greater Western Sydney's reserve grade team in the North Eastern Australian Football League (NEAFL).
Rava will miss the game with a groin strain, while Kade Rowbotham will serve the first week of his two-game suspension.
Shaun Flanigan is a 50-50 chance to play after straining his hamstring last weekend.
With possibly five places available in the Tigers team, key forward Xavier Brennan will return after missing the win over GGGM.
Others in contention for spots in the team are James Hodges, Sam Hodges, Warren Bartlett, Josh Larwood, along with Brady Morton and Nick McCormack in the under 17s.
Rava said it will be another test for the club's depth.
"We've had to make changes pretty well every week, forced changes, and the blokes we've put in have all stood up," he said.
"It's pretty positive from that point of view but at the same time we want to get the team settled to go forward."
Tigers have won three straight games but Rava knows they cannot afford to take the game lightly.
"Narrandera is a little bit of an unknown from my point of view," he said.
"Obviously they've been down a little bit but I know they had a good win over Turvey Park and we lost to Turvey Park.
"So you can't take anyone lightly.
"After a couple of good wins we want to maintain our good performances."
In good news for Tigers, there are clearances pending for Nathan McDonald and Aaron de Jong.
Rava said they will help fill in for reserve grade but it was great to start getting former players like McDonald and de Jong back at the club.