Leader News | THE game between Mt Eliza and Edi-Asp was called off early in the last quarter on Saturday after young Redlegs player Brodie Shaw suffered a horrific broken leg.
Shaw sustained a compound fracture and remained on the ground at Madsen Reserve, unable to be moved, for almost an hour as medical staff attended.
Eventually he was driven to hospital in an ambulance.
Edi-Asp kicked a goal off the ground in the incident to go eight points ahead and, with no further play, it was awarded the win, 8.17 (65) to 8.9 (57).
Mt Eliza coach Troy Shannon said the result was irrelevant and all concern was for the popular Shaw.
“Footy’s a bit of a life leveller at times,’’ Shannon said.
“What happened yesterday was, um, to see it and hear it was terrible ... he’s such a good kid, (from) such a ripping family. The game was irrelevant in the end.’’
Edi-Asp chose not to sing the song and Shannon praised the Eagles.
“Edithvale were so gracious, they didn’t even sing their song after it,’’ he said.
“It was an eerie feeling. I said to them after the game, ‘Guys, you deserve the four points, take it, don’t feel like you stole it. You were in front all day.’’’ Edi-Asp coach Graeme Yeats said his club’s concern was for Shaw.
“We didn’t want to celebrate anything. It was a very sombre feeling among the group,’’ he said.
“We have a connection with Troy and a lot of respect for him and Mt Eliza. All the players came together after the game so I guess it was a positive finish to a pretty disastrous circumstance we had to deal with. I just wish the Mounties boys all the best.’’
Bonbeach pulled off the upset of the round, beating Frankston YCW by 26 points at Coburn Oval — ending the Stonecats’ 13-game unbeaten streak.
There was a Bonny bombshell after the game, with journeyman forward Luke Damon announcing his retirement.
The man they call “Damage’’ had been planning to hang up the boots, according to Bonbeach coach Steve Hughes.
“It was a nice way to go out for Damage,’’ Hughes said.
“We talked twice. We talked two months ago and we talked a month ago and I talked him out of it both times. He’s very busy with work and has a young family and he’s kind of struggling to get to training. His body can’t really do what his mind wants it to.
“We talked during the week and we set that next week against Mornington would be his last game ... But he tapped me on the shoulder as we were walking off the ground yesterday and said ‘it doesn’t get much better than that so that will do me’.
Bonbeach set up victory with a 5.8 to 0.0 third term as Dylan Jones, Jackson Casey, Gary Carpenter and Jack Williams stamped their authority.
YCW had no answers, despite the efforts of Kevin Lylak, Angus Wright and Luke Paynter.
“Our pressure around the contested ball was really good,’’ Hughes said. “I think it’s fair to say our midfield was well on top.’’
Chelsea made it three wins in a row when it beat Langwarrin 14.10 (94) to 9.5 (59).
The Seagulls weathered a second quarter surge from Langy who kicked six goals to snatch a one-point lead. Chelsea’s Todd Gardiner, Lexian Xiberras, Aaron Pawel and Jack Francis (4 goals) starred.
Pines climbed to top spot after Aaron Edwards slotted 9.1 in his side’s all-the-way 17.16 (118) to 9.9 (63) win over Karingal at Frankston Park.
Lachlan Marshall, Luke Potts and Nick Boswell also ran rampant for the Pythons (5-1), who are hopeful of securing Seymour goalkicking machine Saad Saad this week.
Seaford continued its great form, beating Mornington by 27 points