In­ves­ti­ga­tion into footy star’s death

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Paramedics were un­able to take him to Cairns Base Hos­pi­tal be­cause of the road clo­sures and he died be­fore a med­i­cal he­li­copter ar­rived in Moss­man.

The Gazette un­der­stands the out­stand­ing ju­nior foot­baller - who had re­turned to the train­ing pad­dock for the Crocs in re­cent weeks af­ter hav­ing a spell from the sport for a few sea­sons - had ear­lier been sent home from the hos­pi­tal af­ter pre­sent­ing to the emer­gency de­part­ment.

It is be­lieved he had also sought treat­ment from a lo­cal GP.

Queens­land Health yes­ter­day re­fused to dis­cuss the case as it had been re­ferred to the coro­ner.

Mean­while, Graeme’s long­time coach Billy Mccart­ney paid trib­ute to the gifted rover-cen­tre he be­lieved was one of the most nat­u­rally tal­ented foot­baller to come from the Dou­glas re­gion.

“I coached Graeme for eight years and he was one of the best ju­niors to go through the Cairns com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“I don’t know how many awards he won but it was a lot and he also toured South Africa with the Aus­tralian in­dige­nous side.

“He was so fast and skil­ful and was cer­tainly one of the most gifted foot­ballers our club has pro­duced - he was just full of nat­u­ral tal­ent.

“You could ask him to do any­thing and he would do any­thing, it didn’t mat­ter where you put him on the field he would al­ways be a win­ner.

“He had a good bunch of mates who all came through to­gether and he never had a bad word to say about any­one - a very fine young man.

“It’s dev­as­tat­ing news and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

Crocs pres­i­dent Andy Smith also of­fered the club’s con­do­lences and full sup­port to Graeme’s griev­ing fam­ily.

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