Last men standing

Kiama Quarriers first/reserve grade manager Ian Tidswell, youth grade/reserves goal-keeper Dylan McDonald, goal-keeping coach Glenn Fisher and first grade coach Larry Beringer are calling for experienced players to join their team. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama Quarriers first/reserve grade manager Ian Tidswell, youth grade/reserves goal-keeper Dylan McDonald, goal-keeping coach Glenn Fisher and first grade coach Larry Beringer are calling for experienced players to join their team. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

FROM a compressed fracture of the vertebrae to assorted broken limbs, perhaps the worst injury crisis in their 36-year history has tested the depth and resolve of the Kiama Quarriers Football Club.

At the midway point of the Football South Coast District League competition, the club's first grade side sits near the bottom of the ladder.

Their efforts haven't been aided by a horrific injury toll, which some club officials have dubbed the worst in the club's history.

During three catastrophic home games recently, the Quarriers lost four first grade defenders to long-term injury.

First Mick Gillespie suffered a broken leg, Kel Ferguson a broken arm and Mitchell Nightingale went down due to AC joint damage in his shoulder.

Daniel Gillespie also sustained a broken nose, fractured eye socket and chipped teeth.

In addition youth grade player Tyson Perry suffered a compressed fracture of the vertebrae.

Striker Keegan Beringer broke a foot earlier in the season, and three games into his return suffered a broken hand.

First grade coach Larry Beringer said his side was now leaking goals due to the spate of injuries.

"It has a big impact on the boys, watching your teammates get carried away in the ambulance every week," he said.

"Their concentration goes.

"I've been coaching for over 25 years, and in all my years of coaching, it's the worst I've ever seen.

"We're second last at the moment, but we've been playing really well, it doesn't reflect us."

Kiama's youth grade sit in the top five, while reserve grade are also struggling somewhat, their resources being stretched due to players called into the top grade.

As a result of these setbacks, the club is seeking quality defenders who are interested in playing for Kiama to attend training, which takes place on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Kiama Quarry from 6.30pm.

Beringer said financially the club was in a firm position and had strong community membership, but injuries had affected on-field performances, and in turn attendance at home games.

"We're talking to a few blokes," Beringer said of their efforts to land new recruits.

"We'll also be looking to have a fund-raiser to help some of those [injured] guys, as two can't work because of their injuries."

The Quarriers' next home game will be against Berkeley Sports on Saturday at the Kiama Sporting Complex.

As for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, Beringer believed Australia would struggle to go past the first rounds and predicted a Germany/Brazil final.

"Once there, anything could happen," he said.

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