Injury-hit Dees on right track

LOCKHART co-coach James Richards is confident the Demons can ride out their injury storm.

Richards, who joined the Demons from the Northern Jets this season, said he hadn’t seen a worse run with “eight of our best 12 players” sidelined at stages during the opening three rounds.

“When I came to Lockhart people said the club always seemed to get injuries and they were right,” Richards said.

“It’s been one after another really.

“But we’re 2-1 and, although I’m not sure who are stronger and weaker teams, at least we are in the mix.

“Hopefully we start getting players back because a lot of our really good ones have been out.”

Lockhart’s injuries started pre-season with Brad Pearse, Jake Wooden, David Trotter, Mitch Sykes, Dane Campbell and Tim Beckmans among the players to be struck down.

Trotter went down in the opening round against Walla with a hamstring problem and Demon officials will be desperate for him to return with his kicking skills set to be a huge plus for the club.

“I think he’s a good chance for Saturday,” Richards said. “We could get a few back.”

Lockhart will need to lift to beat Howlong at Lockhart on Saturday.

Although the Spiders are languishing in 10th on the ladder, they have had a tough draw against flag favourites Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock and Henty and CDHBU.

Big men Peter Hancock and Josh Dicketts shape as the biggest threats for the visitors.

They were outstanding in sinking the Power before Easter and coach Joel Price will look to use the league’s best ruck combination to plot another win.

“Howlong look to be one of the strong sides so it’s going to be a big test for us,” Richards said.

“Hopefully we can keep improving.”

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