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Bombers lose Tom Bellchambers for start of season

Tom Bellchambers' injury is set to stress the Bombers' ruck stocks.

Tom Bellchambers' injury is set to stress the Bombers' ruck stocks. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Essendon will be without ruckman Tom Bellchambers for at least the first month of the season after the club decided his injured ankle would require surgery.

The 24-year-old sustained the injury during a match simulation session last week and was expected to only a month of pre-season training.

However, consultation with a specialist this week revealed the injury was worse than first thought, and would require surgery and a three-month stint of the sidelines - meaning Bellchambers will miss all of the NAB Challenge series and at least the club's first four matches.

The injury is set to stress the Bombers' ruck stocks, although coach Mark Thompson is confident the team will be able to manage the situation until his return.

"To lose a player of Tom's ability for that amount of time is not ideal, but we have to look at the positives and Tommy is a resilient character," Thompson told the club's website.

"He'll have the full support of the fitness and medical team to help him get back out playing as soon as possible," he said.

"We have a number of quality players that can play in the ruck including Paddy Ryder and Joe Daniher, and we picked up Fraser Thurlow in the rookie draft over the summer."

4 comments so far

  • Ouch. Time to step up (again) Paddy.

    Commenter
    Laki
    Location
    Windy Hill
    Date and time
    January 21, 2014, 4:26PM
    • Whatever happened to that magnificent spine that was supposedly being constructed by the Bombers? I recall even Emma Quayle (whom I generally respect) talking up their prospects due to this magically constructed spine, immediately after the draft about 3 or 4 years ago.
      And now … they lose their number one ruckman and they’re left with relying upon the best KPP as ruckman? Or the second year man-child (who’s also supposed to be the Great White Hope of the forward line)? Or a rookie?
      <shakes head in disbelief>
      That doesn’t sound like much of a spine to me …

      Commenter
      LeChat
      Location
      Kensington
      Date and time
      January 21, 2014, 4:52PM
    • You may have a point but it's hardly relevant to Tom Bellchambers and his ankle. Emma was probably referring to the following: Fletcher->Carlisle->Heppell->Hurley->Daniher. This year Bomber will switch Hurley and Carlisle. But again, what has it to do with Tom B?

      Commenter
      Laki
      Location
      Windy Hill
      Date and time
      January 21, 2014, 6:44PM
  • Bombers will still kick plenty of goals from the midfield but only against sides that don't have a very good defensive set-up. When they get shut down in the midfield they start bombing it into the forward 50. Without big targets to kick to the ball will just be rebounded out.

    Commenter
    Andrew
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    January 22, 2014, 1:06PM

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