Player suing footy club over ‘Silly Sunday’ egg throwing stunt

ballflHerald Sun |A BALLARAT footballer claims he lost the sight in both eyes after an egg was thrown into his eye during boozy “Silly Sunday” end-of-season celebrations at a local pub.

Joel Quarrell, 23, is now suing Lake Wendouree Football Netball Club and the egg thrower over the incident that occurred at the Shamrock Hotel in Dunnstown, east of Ballarat, in September 2015.

In a writ filed in the County Court this week Mr Quarrell claims the injury to his left eye caused a “massive macrohyphaema” — bleeding in the eye — glaucoma and uveitis resulting in multiple surgical procedures.

As a result he claims his suffered loss of vision in his left and temporary loss of vision in the right eye and pain and discomfort in his left eye, pain and shock, and anxiety and depression.

“It was a silly prank that has had serious consequences on my eyesight, hence my life,” Mr Quarrell said.

“I’ve lost vision in my left eye and I’ve had to undergo several surgeries to try to fix the damage and reduce the amount of pain I experience on a daily basis.

Mr Quarrell claims he will never his lost eyesight. Picture: Supplied
“I’ve also had hospital and other medical bills and had to take a lot of time off work. I need to be continually monitored by the specialist for any deterioration in my left eye.

Mr Quarrell said he was suing to try to help pay his medical bills and for damages, “which I can’t help but think could easily have been avoided had the person who threw the egg at me thought twice about doing it in the first place”.

Mr Quarrell claims a club official threw an egg at him without warning, striking him in the left eye.

He claims the club and official owed those at the event a duty to ensure the celebrations were conducted in a safe manner.

Mr Quarrell claims the club was negligent in allowing an egg to be thrown at him and not telling the official to not throw the egg or warn him that the egg was going to be thrown at him.

He is seeking unspecified special damages, including loss of income and future earning capacity.

Maurice Blackburn lawyer Dimi Ioannou said medical advice showed Mr Quarrell would never recover his lost vision.

“This is a classic example of a prank that has gone terribly wrong at a footy club’s end of season celebrations when alcohol is involved,” she said.

“Our client is 23 years old and, according to medical advice, will never recover his lost eye sight. He is also at risk of having the remaining sight in his left eye deteriorate because of the injury he sustained and will need to be regularly monitored.

“Hopefully this case will act as a warning to others about what can go wrong and the impact it can have on someone’s life, so no one else falls victim to something like this.”

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