WRL to ensure stretchers available at games
Wellington Rugby League will ensure there is a stretcher on hand at every game, from juniors to seniors, after an injured player had to remain on the field while an ambulance was called during the Porirua Vikings clash with Wainuiomata last month.
Wellington Rugby League general manager Jason Hemson says the 17-minute delay was not too inconvenient and player welfare must come first.
‘‘It did take time to sort it out and having no stretcher available [there was the possibility of a neck injury] is obviously a concern for us.’’
He said each team, at all levels, must have someone on hand who is at least Level 1 certified in first aid. The WRL would ensure stretchers would be present at all games from now on.
At the bigger tournaments where there are a large number of games, an ambulance is present. But having one on hand during weekly premier games is not within the league’s budget.
‘‘The main thing, for us, is ensuring there is someone close by who can make an assessment of an injury on the spot. The hold-up we had [at Porirua Park] was due to the fact we did not want to move the player, we never want to take risks when it comes to their welfare.
‘‘We’ll stop a game as long as we need to, and we make no apologies for that.’’
Mr Hemson said players also followed a mandatory standdown rule when it came to concussions.
One disgruntled spectator told Kapi-mana News the wait to resume the game was unacceptable.