It is no fun being hurt. We recently dinged our pinky finger, making education the world about the wide world of sports challenging in the extreme, so we can commiserate with Melbourne Demons Co-captain Jack Viney when he speaks of the frustration of the injury setbacks that have ruled him out of Round 1 of the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership competition with the seniors. He spoke of possibly working his way back to the side via a stint in the VFL.
A nagging foot injury had Viney on a modified training regimen for most of the pre-season. He required surgery to relieve plantar fasciitis in his right foot following Round 15 of the 2017 AFL season.
Our experience with that malady required only a couple of weeks of rolling the arch of our foot over a tennis ball, combined with a little bit of ice and rest, yet the pain was still borderline excruciating and the thought of walking, let alone playing footy, was anxiety inducing in the extreme. Plantar Fasciitis that requires surgery is unimaginable.
Attempting to come back too soon, the not-unexpected outcome was a stress fracture in the same foot.
Speaking with the commentators on AFL Tonight, Viney said, “I’m looking to start playing the week after Round 1 or the week after, all going well. Where that is hasn’t been decided yet and it’s something myself and the coaches will have to work out when the time comes.”
Viney’s former coach Paul Roos, who ironically, never coached North Melbourne, expressed the view that the match selection committee could have confidence in Viney, so long as Viney is fit to play.
“There are some guys you’re really skeptical of because you know some guys are workers and they need three or four games. Jack’s the opposite to that,” Roos told Fox Sports News. “He’s a great professional and he keeps himself really fit, eats well and sleeps well.”
Good sleep. That has what has been between ourselves and a Harry Gordon Sports Journalist of the Year award nomination.