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Young footballer’s sudden death shocks small Victorian town
A young country football player is being mourned after collapsing and dying at the end of a match near Ballarat yesterday.
The man, aged in his 20s, had just finished a match at Learmonth oval when he told team mates he wasn’t feeling well.
Shortly after 4.00pm, he walked over to the sidelines where he collapsed.
Paramedics and club staff made efforts to revive the Dunnstown Football Club player, but he died at the scene.
The Central Highlands Football League released a statement saying “members are shocked at the tragic death of a Dunnstown reserves player”.
The statement said the man, whose name has not been released, collapsed at the end of a game and that nothing within the match led to the player’s death.
“Despite the best efforts of club staff and paramedics he was not able to be saved,” the statement read.
The organisation also offered support to members affected by the tragedy.
In May, 22-year-old Tory Brunning was playing a rugby match in Sydney’s Illawarra region when he collapsed in the sheds during half-time.
He was unable to be revived.
Last month, Liam Birch a young AFL player in Wallan, Victoria, suffered a heart attack on the field in the middle of a match.
One of the spectators was able to save his life by performing CPR on the young man.
No further information has been released on the man’s health or any prior medical conditions from yesterday’s tragedy.
The club has requested the privacy of the player’s family be respected at this difficult time.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious and a report will now be prepared for the coroner.
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