WRL to en­sure stretch­ers avail­able at games

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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