19.9 C
Byron Shire
January 24, 2022

League player dies after tackle in Ballina game

Latest News

Happiness

Mick woke up this morning to a great epiphany. So, we’ve decided to forget all our activism, we’re going...

Other News

Community the big winner at Rotary Duck Race

The Richmond River at Fawcett Park in Ballina was full of colour on the weekend for the 30th Rotary Duck Race. The event has raised a quarter of a million dollars for charity over its history in Ballina.

Vale Byron girl, Patricia Marcia Dailhou 

Patricia, better known as Pat or Patsy, was born in Byron Bay in 1933 and was the second eldest of nine, to Horace Cecil Vernon Freeman (better known as ‘Bluey’) and Dorothy Lulu Freeman (nee Daniels). 

Eva Ramsey says she will be her own woman on Ballina Council

One of Ballina's new councillors in B Ward is independent Eva Ramsey, who was elected as part of Sharon Cadwallader's team and is joining council for the first time. So why now, and what does she stand for?

Lismore to celebrate Australia Day with awards and Citizenship Ceremony

Many people will celebrate Australia Day next week and Lismore City Council has announced some of the nominees for this year’s Australia Day Awards.

Discourse

Dear Editor, good on you for your piece reminding us about the importance of public discourse. Like you, I find...

COVID strategy

Our PM and premier have decided to fall back on the old ‘Dunkirk Strategy’: Retreat, withdraw and claim a...

Zane Purcell pictured recently with his young daughter on his Facebook site.
Zane Purcell pictured recently with his young daughter on his Facebook site.

NSW rugby league authorities have sent their condolences to family and friends of a 29-year-old father of two who died while playing in a match yesterday afternoon at Ballina.

Zane Purcell was playing for the Lower Clarence Magpies’ reserve grade in their afternoon match against  Ballina Seagulls at Kingsford Smith Park when he collapsed after a tackle not long into the game.

A head clash in the tackle is believed to have knocked out Mr Purcell, who was treated on the field by a paramedic using CPR before he was taken by ambulance to Ballina Hospital, where he died soon after.

The Country Rugby League says it is providing counselling to the family and both teams who participated in yesterday’s match. In a statement to Echonetdaily, a CRL spokesman said that ’in respect for the family, we will not be making any further comment at this time’.

Mr Purcell’s teammates and family members have paid tribute to their mate and loved one and extended sympathies to his wife and young children on his Facebook site.

A report is to be prepared for the Coroner.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Chalk another one up on the tally board for this violent, dangerous excuse for sport.
    People, then have the hide to promote this barbarism to children, which in my opinion is nothing short of child abuse.
    G”)

  2. It’s a shame that as a society we champion a game as a great sport that harms its participants through all the injuries and even death . I also wonder how much publicity/ media attention this tragedy will get , in comparison to the Bali executions and if there will be anything learnt by this sad event. A life is a life something to be treasured and with this great loss many people are effected for many years to come.
    It seems to me we haven’t evolved much from days of the gladiators and the blood lust of the crowds that watch.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Boat people we are

We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’. The First Fleet arrived (including my...

Israel and Palestine

As an apologist for Israel, Michael Burd (Letters, 12 January) conveniently ignores the harsh truth of Israel’s brutal oppression, while claiming there are two...

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.