There's a hex on the league's playing coaches.
Myrtleford co-coach Jake Sharp revealed after the club's win over Corowa-Rutherglen on Saturday he will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, while Wodonga Raiders inspirational leader Jarrod Hodgkin will meet with his specialist tomorrow to determine the extent of a long-running knee complaint.
Wodonga mentor Jordan Taylor hasn't played since April 10, while Albury co-coach Anthony Miles was forced off in the final quarter of Saturday's 81-point caning of Raiders.
"I tweaked a hammie, I'll get scans on Monday to see how bad it is, there's generally nothing less than a 21-day hammie," he admitted.
I tweaked a hammie, I'll get scans ... there's generally nothing less than a 21-day hammie.Anthony Miles
The former AFL on-baller has been superb in his debut year with the Tigers, featuring in the best in six of his nine matches.
Albury meets bottom four teams Wodonga and North Albury before an away blockbuster against Wangaratta in a likely top of the table clash on July 17.
The O and M has 10 clubs with four - Corowa-Rutherglen (Peter German), North (Luke Norman), Wangaratta (Dean Stone) and Wangaratta Rovers (Daryn Cresswell) - boasting non-playing coaches.
The only playing coaches to avoid the current injury curse have been Luke Daly (Albury), Simon Curtis (Lavington) and Mark Whiley (Yarrawonga).
Myrtleford's co-coach Dawson Simpson played his first game in six weeks against the Roos on Saturday after the COVID break and a foot injury.
"It's not just a coaches curse, we haven't been able to put our best team out on the park all season due to injury and of course we had the game back from COVID when Melbourne-based players couldn't play," Myrtleford president Ian Wales suggested.
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