YOUNG Holbrook defender Dylan Fairall cut a forlorn figure in the Brookers changerooms shortly after the final siren on Saturday.
The 18-year-old was inconsolable, with tears streaming down his face, clutching an ice pack to his battered shoulder.
Amid all the joy and back slapping in the Brookers rooms for making a second grand final in three years, Fairall knew it was highly likely he wasn’t going to be a part of it.
Fairall was stretchered off the ground at the start of the last quarter after falling awkwardly spoiling Henty ruckman Isaac Muller in a marking contest.
He laid motionless on the turf for almost five minutes before regaining consciousness.
Brookers co-coach Jarrod Twitt said he was unsure whether Fairall had suffered any structural damage.
“He has had some X-rays and he was pretty sore this morning,” Twitt said yesterday.
“I think in the next day or so we will know exactly where he is up to.
“He landed fairly hard on his shoulder and hit his head as well.
“He has already had a shoulder reconstruction last year.
“It didn’t pop out which is a good sign and hopefully it is only a strain and there in not any structural damage.”
Fairall has played key back for the Brookers all season and claimed some big scalps throughout the year including Ash Murray and Bobby Griffiths.
“He has been a vital cog in our defence all season and if he missed the decider it would be a cruel blow,” Twitt said.
“Dylan has showed maturity beyond his years and is a terrific young kid.
“He was upset after the game and you can just see how much passion he has got for the club.”