From The Age
Reported by Sean Cusick

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THE Northern Bullants lost just one home-and-away match for the entire 2006 season, but face one of their biggest tests today when they hit the road to face North Ballarat.

Barry Mitchell's group has been devastated by injuries to key personnel in the past fortnight, and a clash with the improved Roosters shapes as a true test of their depth and resolve.

Last year's VFL centre-half forward of the year, Digby Morrell, broke some ribs early in last week's narrow win over Box Hill, and looks set to miss at least a month.

The ex-Blue and Kangaroo has long been one of the competition's most dangerous players, displaying a balance of strength and agility that makes him a nightmare match-up for opposition coaches.

"We'll miss him not only as a good player but as a bit of a general," Mitchell said. "He's really important because the younger Carlton guys get to play with him and learn from him. He points them around and tells them where to go."