Travelling back from our game against Burnie last Saturday two of my players were involved in a tragic accident near Hagley. Alex Rubel a lad out here from France died at the scene, the driver Brendan Daley from NSW received serious injuries but is out of hospital and resting in the house the pair shared as students of the Maritime College in Launceston.
Needless to say the Club has been hit very hard, with so many of the playing group under eighteen it will take some time to come to terms with the situation, the Club has sought the assistance of counsellors to help them deal with it.
Alex who had been out with a hamstring injury was due to make his return this weekend against Devonport at Birch Avenue. His final game before he was due to return to France would have been the following week against Ulverstone. He informed us at Montello that the College had offered him a three year scholarship, he was looking forward to returning to Tasmania with his French girlfriend and help the Club get off its knees.
As you can imagine our game this weekend will be an emotional one. The playing group will decide tomorrow night if there will be a tribute of some description, given we have such a young group they may choose something more fitting to the age group, either way I just wanted you to have an idea that something will take place.