Bad break a big blow for young Giant
By ADAM HICKS
AS THE Mullumbimby Giants Under-18s rugby league team continued celebrating their grand final win on Sunday, utility Caspar Rose was unconscious and dreaming about running and tackling. He kicked in his sleep then woke up in agony.
The 17-year-old could spend up to a year on the sidelines after breaking his leg just before half-time in the Giants' 18-10 win over Marist Brothers.
"It was an average tackle," he said from his hospital bed at the Lismore Base Hospital yesterday.
"We were coming off our line and the defence was moving up fast.
"Three blokes were pushing me backwards ... my boot got caught on the ground, my knee twisted. I heard a popping sound."
Caspar snapped the top off his tibia, ripped his crucial ligament from the bone and fractured his knee.
"I don't know how I did it, but I got up and play the ball then collapsed on the ground. I knew something was wrong, I was in the worst pain of my life."
At half-time, Caspar tried to ice the injury with hopes of returning to the field.
"It hurt a lot but I put up with it because I wanted to go back on," he said.
"It was a grand final, it was big for everyone there. We'd been training for it since January 10. Everything we'd been training for was for this."
Caspar watched the second half and was helped by two team-mates to walk up to accept his medal.
"The coach said it was as much mine as it was everyone else's," he said.
After the presentation Rose did not get to celebrate with his team-mates.
He was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery on Monday.
Caspar will be on crutches for three months and doctors are expecting his recovery to take a year.
"They reckon it will never be the same again," he said. The news is a big blow for the teenager who is also a promising swimmer and water polo player.
"I was looking forward to training (for swimming) next term," he said. "I am just trying to stay positive. There will be no football til next year," he said with a defiant grin. I have no regrets."
"I got to school and hang out with these guys ... I'm playing with my best friends."