Problems led to Turkeys walk-off
HEAT exhaustion, fatigue and a mounting injury toll is what forced Kyogle from the field in last week’s match against the Ghosts in Grafton.
Turkeys president Andrew Pederson has come out in defence of his club who were simply out on their feet.
Pederson said the club did everything in its power to keep a side on the field but the situation was so dire that a duty of care to the players had to be considered.
The Turkeys travelled to Grafton minus six first-graders and up to a dozen others, and by the time the last 20 minutes of first grade came around there was insufficient players to take the field.
“We could have run out, but there were only about 10 fit players,” Pederson said.
“We had a bloke knocked out in the first 10 minutes who wanted to play on but it is our responsibility to put the safety of our players first.”
Even the water boy got a run.
“Alex Farrell has been sidelined with a serious arm injury. He was running water for us on the day but ended up grabbing a jersey and playing – that’s how stretched we were,” Pederson said.
“It’s not a good look, I know, but there wasn’t a lot else we could do at the time.”
Pederson claimed that his captain-coach Don Walker had come to an agreement with Ghosts captain Ryan Farrell to abandon the game – a claim that Farrell couldn’t completely agree with.
“I wouldn’t say we agreed to it, no,” Farrell said. “There wasn’t a lot we could do once they started walking off.”
Farrell said that once it became apparent the Turkeys wouldn’t be playing the final 20 minutes the Ghosts had no choice but to accept it.
Kyogle is calling on supporters to show their support for the club at the jersey launch and fundraiser tonight from 6pm.