Compulsory helmets in Colac district cricket will be a topic of conversation this week after Apollo Bay co-captain Darren Gill ended up in hospital after copping a ball to the eye.
Gill had six stiches above his left eye after being hit with a bouncer during the Sharks’ loss to Stoneyford on Saturday.
Fellow co-captain Jack Pascoe said Gill was fit to leave the hospital by 8pm that night.
“He was all right by Saturday night,” Pascoe said.
“He got hit by a bouncer, and Gilly was well and truly through his shot by the time it hit him,” he said.
“There was a fair bit of blood, he looked a bit of a mess, so he went off to hospital and ended up with stitches.
“He was going well before then too, he had made 45 runs but then had to retire hurt.
“These things happen unfortunately, but it does make you think about why people don’t wear helmets when they’re batting.”
The debate about compulsory helmets in district cricket made headlines in 2014 after Australian representative cricketer Phil Hughes died following a bouncer to the head.
Pascoe, who does not wear a helmet, said he expected helmets to be a topic of conversation again this week.
“They’re compulsory in junior cricket, but probably only half the senior cricketers wear them,” he said.
“These sorts of accidents do make you think about whether you should be wearing them, if not just to set an example for the kids.”
Stoneyford captain Levi Dare, who also does not wear a helmet, said the decision about wearing a helmet should be left to the
“Gilly copped a fair gash right on the corner of the top of his eye,” he said.
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