Fantasy footy owners and office betting pools will need all the help they can get heading into round three of the still young AFL season. With a few upsets already catching fans by surprise, a number of injuries, suspensions and an assault charge are set to shakeup more than a few AFL teams.
The big news coming out of Victoria on Tuesday was star defender Heath Scotland being charged with assault for his involvement in a bar room brawl that occured last January.
It is not known if Scotland will face a club or league suspension (possible), but the ongoing legal complications may affect his play. Scotland was a star last season despite his advance age but hasn’t been overly spectacular in 2012.
Collingwood key defender Chris Tarrant is back out of the lineup as fast as he was in. The big man played his first game against the Tigers last weekend after recovering from a foot injury, but has now injured a calf muscle and will miss at least the next three weeks.
Shane Mumford was a last minute withdrawal for the game against Fremantle last Saturday and may miss again this week with a troublesome back. His absense hurt not only Sydney, but SuperCoach and DreamTeam teams nationwide as well. It gets worse for the 2-0 Swans, valuable utility Lewis Roberts-Thomson will miss a few games with a fractured cheek bone.
The Essendon Bombers suffered from an injury plagued weekend and will miss ruckman David Hille, as well as Nathan Lovett-Murray and David Myers, all for three weeks each.
The Hawks received a brilliant game from Brendan Whitecross yesterday but the will likely miss him for at least one game. He collided with Joel Selwood and although the move was mostly accidental and more reactionary than anything, he was given a two game suspension. Because of his good record with the tribunal, Whitecross can accept a one match ban rather than challenge the result.
However, expect a few big name inclusions to return for round three. Star midfielder David Mundy could suit up for the Dockers, Michael Jamison and Nick Duigan will likely play for the Blues, captain Nick Maxwell will play for the Pies, Nathan Bock returns from his gambling related suspension to GWS, Luke Hodge will make his 2012 debut for the Hawks, and Jonathon Brown will be back for Brisbane’s important duel with Fremantle in Perth on Saturday.