Wangaratta Rovers' Mitch Booth was cleared of serious injury on Saturday night.
Booth was stretchered off early in the third quarter against Corowa-Rutherglen and medical staff from both clubs worked diligently to stabilise his neck.
"I wasn't knocked out, but I felt a few fairly bad cracks and there was instant pain in my neck, so I thought I'd better keep myself as still as I could," he said.
"I never lost feeling in my hands or feet, I had a CT scan and the news was positive, they're saying it was a bit like whiplash."
Unfortunately, Booth missed the club's drought-breaking celebrations as he was still in Wangaratta hospital.
Just on injuries, and Corowa-Rutherglen recruit Rohan Davies might have created an unwanted first when he was stretchered off - at training.
Davies was in agony when he tore his quad and is set to miss at least two months.
The Roos have been belted by injury and that's the last thing a rebuilding clubs needs.
"We built a certain culture last year, based on the back of the way we connect as people," coach Marc Almond said.
"We do things off the ground and having a lot of new guys into the group, they're taking some time to acclimatise with the way we do things, not just playing, but the way we interact with each other."
The Roos host the other team which has been smashed by injury in North Albury on Easter Saturday.
NOT HAPPY, JAKE!
Myrtleford won only four games last year, so you would have thought an 87-point hiding of Wodonga would have been well received.
"Up until half-time, we just weren't playing the way we know how to play," coach Jake Sharp said.
"But credit to Wodonga, they put us under an enormous amount of pressure and we just turned the ball over too often."
Sharp's attitude highlights the growing maturity at the Saints as they raise their standards.
"Definitely, and it's probably something we haven't seen here in the past, we got challenged and responded," he said.
It wasn't all positive though with former Wangaratta player Liam Byrne to miss an extended period.
"Liam looks to have hurt his MCL (medial collateral ligament in his knee), which is really disappointing and he had a massive pre-season," Sharp said.
Wodonga Raiders say a lesson from Wangaratta in round one was the catalyst for the shock 37-point win over Yarrawonga.
"Last week we were going up the line and 'Wang' probably caught us out," coach Jarrod Hodgkin said.
"They like to play the way we like to play, getting it on the outside, getting the switch, run, overlap through the middle and we just got back to that and tried to use the size of the ground (Birallee Park)."
Raiders will face another test against the impressive Lavington on Good Friday.
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