Tag Archive: Joel Thompson


Cowboys walking wounded as trial injuries begin to mount

Justin Hodges made a successful return to action, but former Broncos team mate Antonio Winterstein is set to miss the start of the NRL season after suffering a broken jaw. Hodges set up a try with his first touch off the bench in the Broncos’ 26-4 trial win over the Cowboys in Alice Springs on Saturday night. “He got through a continuous 40 minutes and set up a try and there was no side affects from the injury, so I’m very happy with his involvement and getting through the game,” Broncos coach Ivan Henjak told AAP. It ended more than 500 days of NRL inactivity for the classy Broncos, Queensland and Australia centre, but Cowboys recruit Winterstein had far worse misfortune on the night. He went to hospital for scans just before halftime after suffering facial injuries in a sickening collision during a tackle. Continue reading

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All Stars Injury round up

Several All Stars players are licking their wounds after Saturday night’s brutal clash at Skilled Park, with Canberra forward Joel Thompson in doubt for the start of the NRL season with both rib cartilage and a hip flexor complaint. Manly’s George Rose was sporting a busted nose after a head clash with Thompson, while Melbourne Storm recruit Beau Champion was still seeing stars after being knocked out trying to tackle Petero Civoniceva. Meanwhile, Jharal Yow Yeh was feeling the effects of an accidental elbow from Canterbury-Bankstown hooker Michael Ennis. “Obviously Beau, not in great shape, Georgie Rose, I couldn’t look at him at three-quarter time, I had to turn around,” Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley said after the match. “He was busted and bleeding but he’s quite tough. I said to him ‘you don’t have to go back on’ but he said ‘I want to go back on’. Continue reading

Raiders welcome back guns for run to the finals

In-form Canberra are preparing to welcome back their cavalry as they look to turn three straight wins into a crack at the NRL finals. Topping the news that electrifying fullback Josh Dugan has avoided serious injury, the Raiders will have Test prop David Shillington, skipper Alan Tongue, utility Glen Buttriss and lock Shaun Fensom back for the run to September. Scans have shown Dugan has no structural damage to a shoulder he injured in Saturday’s 20-13 win over Cronulla, the Raiders’ third straight which left them two points outside the eight. “It was a bruised shoulder blade I believe but at this end of the season you start to carry a few niggly injuries,” coach David Furner told reporters on Monday. “He should be right.” Prop Scott Logan will have an ultrasound on Tuesday on his injured finger despite initial scans showing no fracture. Continue reading

Monaghan gives thumbs up …and left and right?

In a blow for the Canberra Raiders, former test winger Joel Monaghan ($154,500 CTW) suffered multiple breaks in his left thumb in the dying stages of the trial match loss against the Broncos on Saturday night. The injury will see Monaghan miss the first five rounds of the competiton with an expected return against the Roosters in mid April. Backrower Joel Thompson ($123,900 CTW/2RF) will replace Monaghan in the centres for this weekends final trial against Canterbury.