Injuries plague Biggenden
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Biggenden Warriors have been dealt more obstacles for their first season back in the Central Burnett Rugby League competition after player Justin Vicary suffered a horrific injury near the end of play.
The game was halted with 25 minutes left on the clock after Biggenden Warrior Justin Vicary suffered a serious arm injury that had him airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital.
The incident occurred late in the second half when Vicary and another Warriors player dived for the ball in open play, leaving Vicary’s arm limp from the impact.
An ambulance was on the scene to tend to Vicary and the delay meant both teams agreed to halt the game with Mundubbera holding a commanding lead.
Vicary said he harboured no animosity towards anyone else for the injury he suffered.
“You have to realise it’s a contact sport and I have nothing against any other players, these things happen,” Vicary said. “It’s part of the game.” Vicary is remaining confident that he might still get to play again this season.
“I could be out for the season, I’ll see how it goes and will try get back by the late rounds,” he said.
“I’d like to get back but this type of injury you really don’t know how it will heal.”
Vicary sustained a spiral fracture to his humerus bone a half inch above his elbow.
“It was pretty horrific, when I rolled over and saw my arm fold back on itself I knew it was broken,” Vicary said.
“I heard the pop, the people in the bar heard it too, but I thought maybe I had just popped my elbow out.”
Vicary was tended to by an ambulance on the field before being taken to the Gayndah hospital.
“My sister was there and my brother-in-law was playing too, my sister followed us up to the hospital,” Vicary said.
“I was airlifted from the hospital into Bundaberg.”
Vicary had surgery on Monday where doctors tried to straighten his arm and set it in place.
“They didn’t end up pinning it or anything, they set it straight in surgery and put a cast on it,” Vicary said.
“I will be back in two weeks and if it’s not healing right they will have to re-break it and then pin it.”
Vicary will still support his Warriors team mates from the side lines.
SERIOUS INJURY: Biggenden player Justin Vicary was taken from the field in an ambulance.
Dawson Cross with a line drop out for Mundubbera.
Gregory Cross ready to hit the line for the Tigers.
Lyndon George scores for Biggenden.
Alex Eggleston evades the Tigers defence.
Teams played an expansive brand of football.
Mitchell Thorburn scores a try for Mundubbera.
Fullback Luke Berthelsen trying to get the ball back into play.