Beams out another month


Collingwood star midfielder Dayne Beams’ return from a quad injury is expected to be delayed for at least a month, according to Pies development coach Dale Tapping.

Beams, who has spent the past two months recovering from a torn quad muscle, has only just returned to training. There had been speculation he would return next week.

“I’d probably think he’s [Beams] still about four or five weeks away,” Tapping said.

The extension of Beams’ time on the sidelines is a further blow for the Pies. Alex Fasolo has been ruled out for the season with a foot injury, while doubt surrounds Dale Thomas’ ankle injury.

In better news for the Pies on Saturday, defender Ben Johnson got through his return from a calf injury.

Tapping said the 32-year-old had 25 touches and played a stellar leadership role – along with Alan Didak and Ben Hudson – in Collingwood’s upset 13-point win over Geelong at Victoria Park.

Johnson had been a late withdrawal from the previous two VFL matches because of his calf.

“He’s just been a bit sore and like any of the older guys, you’ve just got to make sure they’re right to play,” Tapping said.

“It’s great to see him back playing and he did really well. Johnno, Dids and Huddo, being the three experienced guys we’ve got in the group … their leadership and influence among the group was really good.”

Didak, who was named as an emergency for Saturday night’s AFL match against the Cats, kicked three goals in the second half.

“Didak has been pretty good at VFL level, he’s got his body in good shape. I thought today he was good in the second half and he hit the scoreboard. He’s just a quality player,” Tapping said.

Geelong ruckman Nathan Vardy managed just one goal against the Pies, with defender Corey Gault playing impressively on him.

The return of Josh Walker from injury helped strengthen the Cats’ forward half.

Fellow tall forwards Mitch Brown and Shane Kersten kicked seven goals between them.

“I thought Nathan [Vardy] presented well at times but certainly some of our delivery into our forward line wasn’t too the best of our advantage,” the Cats’ VFL coach, Matthew Knights, said.

”I thought Corey did a good job because ‘Vards’ is a hard match-up.”

George Burbury played only the first half, acting as a carry-over player for the AFL clash.

■Hawthorn forward Jed Anderson was prolific for Box Hill in its 60-point win over the Casey Scorpions. Anderson made his return from a hamstring injury.

Hawthorn development coach Damian Carroll said: “He made an impact on the scoreboard, but just his energy around the ball and around the contest was terrific.

”He brought a lot of hardness and strength around the contest. He got through well.”

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