MEREWETHER Carlton were winners of the inaugural Adams-Halter ANZAC Shield but the Greens victory over Wanderers in first grade came at a huge cost.
Hooker Billy Dun will undergo surgery after he ruptured his Achilles tendon and faces a minimum 12 weeks on the sideline. Breakaway Billy Freeman is awaiting results on scans on a possible torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee,. Replacement prop Nick Sykiotis fractured his arm and faces six weeks out while fly-half Will Frost will miss two games with a strained hamstring.
In a further blow, Lachy Miller and Phillip Ryan will miss the clash against University on Saturday because of suspension.
Miller was found guilty of a dangerous tackle and outed for a match. Ryan received a weeks for striking. Both were sent off in the 30-19 victory.
Wanderers breakaway Francis Ieremia had his case for striking put back a week. The Two Blues have the bye this round.
"Unfortunately the injuries are mainly in the forward pack, which is where we are a bit light on," Greens backs coach Blake Creighton said. "They are big shoes to fill with both Bills.
"Uni are a side who you can never put to bed. If they get a sniff it is a fight to the final whistle."
Injuries soured an otherwise triumphant day for Mereweher. The shield, named in honour of club greats Neil "Noodles" Adams and ' John "Fats" Halter, was contested across senior and junior grades with the Greens winning the pointscore 8-4.
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