Redland out-muscle Southport in final trial match
Redland’s aspirations of returning to finals football this season took a massive hit in their 60-point NEAFL practice match win over Southport on Saturday afternoon after prize acquisition Jackson Paine suffered a serious shoulder injury.
The key forward left the field in the hands of trainers after colliding with a Southport defender in a marking contest during the first quarter of the Bombers’ 18.9 (117) to 8.9 (57) win.
Prior to the incident, Paine had kicked the Bombers’ first two goals of the game and looked lively up forward alongside Sam Michael, who also found the scoresheet in the first term.
He did not return after the injury, only making cameos during the Redland huddles at each break whilst sporting a sling and in clear discomfort.
In his absence, Redland’s forward line produced a masterclass in front of goal, kicking eight straight goals before registering their first behind. Michael was especially prolific in the contest, finishing with three goals, whilst Luke Rogerson, Kyle Walsh and Aaron Christensen were also welcomed contributors.
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