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Tom McDonald out for AFL season

Edenhope football export Tom McDonald’s AFL season appears over after he tore his meniscus playing for Melbourne in Sunday’s five-point win against Carlton.

McDonald had been in the midst of his best game this season, kicking six goals against the Blues before hurting his knee in the third quarter.

In a radio interview McDonald said he would require knee surgery, but did not believe the injury was too serious.

“The good news is I haven’t done an ACL or anything too severe, but I’ve got a little meniscus tear,” he said. “I’ll see a surgeon, it probably will require some surgery.

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“It might be tough to be back playing this year, but it could be a lot worse.”

McDonald will be sidelined for the rest of the season, but several other players continue to represent the Wimmera at AFL level.

Horsham’s Jake Lloyd is replicating the form that saw him nominated for last year’s All Australian squad, averaging more than 30 disposals a game for the Sydney Swans.

Lloyd’s former Horsham team-
mate, Sebastian Ross, is also in a rich vein of form for St Kilda.

The Saints’ 2017 best and fairest is averaging about 26 touches and 4.4 clearances a game.

Former Horsham Saint Jarrod Berry is enjoying the best season of his young career, collecting nearly 20 disposals a game for the top-four Brisbane Lions and Darcy Tucker is also averaging 20 disposals for Fremantle.

McDonald’s brother Oscar also plays for Melbourne but has not made a senior level appearance since a round-11 loss to Adelaide.

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