Shepparton and Echuca will relish the opportunity to rest their respective troops this weekend after playing out a bruising affair.
The injury trouble for the Bears began before the clash, with Nick Allan a late out due to issues arising from a corked calf suffered against Benalla last week.
The Shepparton veteran found himself in hospital on Saturday, but coach Brad Campbell said his stalwart was in the clear.
‘‘He just got a corky last week and we didn’t want to take any risks,’’ he said.
‘‘Better for him to miss a couple of games now than be out for a month after trying to play on it, but he’ll be okay.’’
Forward duo James Wong and John Bradaric booted six majors between them in Shepparton’s big win, but both targets also left the field with leg issues during the match.
‘‘They copped a couple of big knocks, Wongy has a corked thigh and Bradaric a corked leg,’’ Campbell said.
With the likes of David Stretton and Luke Smith also out of the senior side with injury — and co-captain Ted Lindon still not fully recovered from a calf strain — the Bears’ triumph was made all the more sweeter.
Echuca’s injury plight has been well documented this season, but it also had more troops fall at Deakin Reserve.
James McNamara left the field early in the game on a stretcher after suffering a concussion, while ruckman Kane Morris did not run the game out after picking up a corked leg of his own in the third term.