ALBURY Thunder second-rower Steve Meredith is shattered his dream of playing in back-to-back Group 9 premierships is over after breaking his arm in Saturday’s win against Gundagai at Greenfield Park.
The season is over for Meredith after he had surgery to repair his fractured ulna.
He said it was going to be tough watching from the sidelines.
“It’s disappointing, but that’s footy,” Meredith said yesterday.
“I have had a pretty good run.
“I broke my leg four years ago. That’s my only other major injury.
“I’ll help out with whatever I can do and stay involved in some way.”
Meredith, who had been rock-solid in 16 rounds, believed he would have returned had the injury occurred a fortnight earlier.
The reigning premier takes on Southcity this weekend before the bye in the final round.
“The doctor said it takes six weeks to heal and the grand final is six weeks away,” he said.
“I don’t think they will give me the all clear.
“If we hadn’t won the comp last year, it would have been even worse.
“When it happened, I knew I had done something pretty bad.
“Bilesy (Brett Biles) made me do squeezing tests and I couldn’t put any weight on it so I knew I was in a bit of trouble.”
Albury stitched up top position with the 40-22 win over Gundagai.
It will welcome back of star duo Willie Heta and Mark Walsham for Sunday’s showdown against the Bulls at Wagga.
The Tigers dominated the opening 20 minutes but were unable to hold the home team in the second-half as Andrew Cowhan, Mitch Davis, Josh Cale, Lou Goodwin and Jake Grace dominanted.
“It was good to get top spot,” Meredith said.
“A home final is handy.
“Gundagai didn’t make any mistakes early and we dropped a few, but I thought our fitness really helped us as our young blokes go all day.”