Injury cuts short Didak appearance

INJURY cut short the appearance of former Collingwood star Alan Didak in his one-off appearance for Latrobe last night.

Didak kicked two goals and had a hand in two others before he was forced from the ground with a hamstring strain shortly before half-time.

``He was just getting into the game and getting involved when it happened, Latrobe president Rick Slatter said.

Didak attracted a crowd of 1300 people for the twilight game against Smithton.

Despite Didak watching the second half from the sidelines, Latrobe was able to cover his loss and win the game by 68 points.

Slatter said he was satisfied with the gamble to bring Didak to Latrobe and didn't discount another ex-AFL player pulling on a Demons jumper for the Sunday, May 3 game against Ulverstone.

Last year Latrobe set a NTFL roster game record when former Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd kicked seven goals in a Good Friday promotion.

After slipping the opening game of the season, Latrobe was back in winning form last night with coach Dale Perry juggling a new-look team.

The Demons showed they had picked up a potential top goalkicker in Clay Sculthorpe from Motton Preston, and he caused the Smithton defence its share of headaches.

James Wescombe showed he had lost none of his skills in his first game back for the year, and young ruckman Jade Smith showed  plenty of potential.

Throw in the proven midfield and on-ball pair of Josh Holland and Rodney Coghlan and the Demons will be thereabouts again.

Smithton again showed its inability to win away from home, and it can't continue to rely on Jarrod Watling, Guy Kearnes and Tyrone Morrison.

VOTES -  

3  Josh Holland (Latrobe)

2  Clay Sculthorpe (Latrobe)

1  Guy Kearnes (Smithton)      

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