#26 Cale "Thank You Mr" Hooker


#4228

Yes and the Shiraz is very good as well. Would recommend a visit - phone first as there is no cellar door but the two accommodation units are spectacular and the wine very good


#4229

Hail Cale


#4230

Out for 4-6 with a calf strain as per Essendon website.

Experienced Bomber Cale Hooker is set for a stint on the sidelines after suffering a calf strain.

The 30-year-old was quickly nearing his return having recovered from a minor hamstring concern and was expected to take part in Thursday’s JLT Community Series clash with Geelong before sustaining the injury on the track.

Essendon physical performance manager Justin Crow said the key-position Don will be forced to the sidelines for four to six weeks.

“Cale was doing the last training session before he was due to return for JLT (game) two,” Crow said on the SKINS Injury Update on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately for Cale, he’s picked up a soleus injury – a calf strain – that will cost him six weeks.

“Cale had been doing everything right, he’s a professional.

“It’s disappointing news for us and him, but we’ll have to get back to rehab and keep building him up towards an early-season return.”

In better news, new Bomber Dylan Shiel is expected to be available for Thursday’s match after overcoming a corked quad suffered in last week’s loss to Carlton.

Shiel was forced to the bench after suffering the knock early in the final term at Ikon Park last Thursday, but Crow said the star midfielder has recovered well.

“We all saw Dylan leave the ground after getting that knock to his thigh, we iced it up straight away (on) match day.

“He’s a professional, so he’s been doing all of the work required to get that right.

“He trained and moved quite well, so we’ll be expecting him to be available for the match.”

Draftee Tuth ‘Tom’ Jok unfortunately suffered concussion against the Blues following an incidental head knock in the last quarter and Crow said the versatile 22-year-old is unlikely to line up against the Cats this week.

“Tuth’s had a few headaches after that (incident),” he said.

“The way he’s tracking, he’s showing improvement from the head knock, but we’re not expecting him to be available in time for the next match, so he’ll just progress as he’s able."

Tom Jok is still recovering from concussion suffered during the Bombers’ JLT Community Series loss to Carlton.

Crow said dangerous forward Orazio Fantasia, who was rested last week to recover from a minor corkie, should take his place in the line-up on Thursday.

“Raz trained really sharply in our main session and he’ll be available on modified game time this week.”

Crow was satisfied with the efforts of several Bombers who took part in restricted game time against Carlton and said each will ramp up their involvement in the club’s second JLT hitout.

“We were really pleased with the players we put in the game, they got through the minutes that we planned for.

“The players who weren’t on modified game time got through an average of 100 minutes, which is very realistic for an AFL game, which was pleasing and one of the things we wanted to get out of the game.

“We’ll be looking forward to progressing some of those players who were modified in JLT one onto higher game time in JLT two.”

The Bombers will face the Cats at GMHBA Stadium from 7:10pm on Thursday.


#4231

RIP in peace shiraz hooker


#4232

Fortunately we have Ambrose & Hartley as depth. Hooker may not have the legs to see out his very LT contract.


#4233

Interesting how they manage Cale for the season, barley trained after xmas this year, now out for 6 weeks. Maybe need to build him up and play VFL for a week or 2 prior to returning to senior football.


#4234

I just want Hooker firing in the second half of the season when things are starting to get fair dinkum.
I think we’re got the depth to cover for him.

Will be interesting to see who we go with against GWS. Presumably ambrose to play on Cameron. Have they got any giant talls these days or can we leave Hartley out?


#4235

Lol, I literally spoke to a relative of his in Margaret river on the weekend who said “hes right to go”

When did this happen?


#4236

Bring out the Zerk


#4237

Jesus. Not happy with that. Hartley and Ambrose don’t fill me with a great deal of confidence. Mate of mine said this a while ago but would James Stewart make a decent key defender? Would be rough throwing him into it now but say as a 1-2 year development thing, would it work?


#4238

yesterday


#4239

Think it happened during the last bit of training yesterday.

Reckon your info was solid when you got it.


#4240

God I hope Hartley performs better in the real stuff than his pathetic performance last week. Was so excited to see the back of him and get Hooksy back in.


#4241

Surely Ambrose pls…


#4242

No, no giant talls.
They’ve got Himmelberg & Tomlinson as 194cm forward talls to support Cameron.
Rucks would be a pair of spuds in Dawson Simpson and ex Collingwood Keefe so no real concerns there ( they’ve used Tomlinson as the second ruck at times)

Reason for them redrafting Mummy (suspended)


#4243

Yep this. He is the current heir apparent to hooker (I feel Hartley has stagnated and hasn’t shown any real progress in the last couple of years) so it is time to see how Zerk goes at senior level.


#4244

Not a huge loss if he’s back by round 4, will only really be missed against the Dees in round 3. Ambrose is a great matchup for Jeremy Cameron and we should be fine against St Kilda regardless.


#4245

Mein Fuhrer…


#4246

There is no way they will play zerk in front of harts or Ambrose

Even though we all want it


#4247

We could also play Brown down back