An extended Hampden league break for the latest COVID lockdown has worked in the favour of promising Port Fairy midcourter Tessa Allen.
The teenager badly sprained her ankle in the second half of the Seagulls loss against Hamilton Kangaroos on July 10.
Port Fairy open grade coach Renae Taylor said Allen had made good progress in her recovery.
"She's done everything she can to get herself fit again and she is pretty right to go," Taylor said.
"That's good news given we haven't had a lot of luck with injuries this season."
It has been a tough season for the Seagulls open team but the club still retains reasonable depth, with their division one, two and three teams finals-bound.
Taylor said there were a number of players in the division one team who could step up and be effective open grade players.
She said the open team also had players from other parts of the court who were flexible enough to go in and play in the midcourt if needed.
While it is good news for Allen, the Seagulls have had to endure two season-ending injuries to key players, Ally Feely and Bernadette Meade.
Both players suffered snapped achilles tendons.
Not only were these two losses to the playing ranks, but also to the leadership set-up, with Feely an assistant coach and Meade the team captain.