PROMISING Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden will miss the rest of the season after suffering a fractured wrist in action for Box Hill last week.
It was confirmed yesterday that Lowden, who has pushed for an AFL debut after being named as an emergency on several occasions this season, will spend at least the next three months on the sidelines. He is out of contract at the end of the season.
But in better news for the Hawks, veteran midfielder Chance Bateman continued to push hard for a senior recall ahead of Hawthorn’s next assignment against Port Adelaide.
Hawks development coach Damian Carroll believes Bateman still has the pace to offer the Hawks midfield after a polished display for Box Hill against Coburg.
“He ran out of a bit of steam but he gave us some great run and drive on that wing. It’s three games back for him now and he played really well as a leader for us today as well,” Carroll said.
“We’ve just got to keep him at that level and I’m sure he’ll be able to finish the season off really well.”
“His run’s really good and his ability to get on the outside and attack and also to defend with his run was really good and we saw a lot of that today,” he said.
Xavier Ellis, in his second game back from injury, also showed some encouraging form with 24 possessions and 2.2 over 90 minutes.
Defenders Stephen Gilham and Tom Murphy were also among the best for Box Hill.
CARLTON midfielder David Ellard played a supreme game for the Northern Blues with a dominant performance in the midfield to go with his three goals. Bret Thornton and developing forward Luke Mitchell finished with five goals each.