IMPS HURT: Four hurt in bruising clash

Colac Imperials recruit Michael Gray was hospitalised after he was knocked unconscious following a sling tackle. South Colac and Imps officials were quick to rush to his aid, from left, Stephen Baudinette, Kirsty Kirkman, Rob Oborne, Jackie Phillips and David Oborne.Colac Imperials recruit Michael Gray was hospitalised after he was knocked unconscious following a sling tackle. South Colac and Imps officials were quick to rush to his aid, from left, Stephen Baudinette, Kirsty Kirkman, Rob Oborne, Jackie Phillips and David Oborne.

Colac Imperials recruit Michael Gray was hospitalised after he was knocked unconscious following a sling tackle. South Colac and Imps officials were quick to rush to his aid, from left, Stephen Baudinette, Kirsty Kirkman, Rob Oborne, Jackie Phillips and David Oborne.

COLAC IMPERIALS have four players under injury clouds following the team’s bruising first-round clash with South Colac.

The Imps were left without a bench midway through the third quarter, with the dominant Roos’ taking full advantage and running away to a 20.19 (139) to 4.6 (30) win.

Imps midfielder Steve Parker received six stitches in his head following a head clash with teammate Darcy Theodore in the first five minutes but is likely to play in this weekend’s clash with Alvie.

Recruit Michael Gray also went to hospital, via ambulance, after a tackle early in the second half left him unconscious.

Imps co-coach James Morgan said doctors cleared Gray of any serious damage, but the 21-year-old was likely to miss “one or two” weeks under a new concussion policy.

ColacWednesday06Apr022“He was in hospital until late at night, but after all the scans he has been cleared,” Morgan said.

“Under new rules I think anyone who gets concussion needs a medical clearance from a doctor,” he said.

“Which is a good thing, players’ health and wellbeing comes first and foremost.

“It was a shame because he was fantastic in the first half, his forward pressure was great.”

Fellow Imps recruit Tom Marshallsea also left the field in the third term after straining a quad, leaving the Imps without a bench.

Morgan said Marshallsea was expected to be sidelined for “two to three weeks”.

“So we had no bench for most of the second half, then Travis Cole copped an ankle injury,” he said.

“So we had to rest him at full forward. He’d be 50-50 to play this weekend.”

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