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The Castlemaine Football Netball Club says its community is struggling to comprehend the “unfathomable” death of under-18 player Dallas Keogh-Frankling in Kyneton on Saturday.
Keogh-Frankling, 17, was tackled to the ground in the final quarter of his club’s game against Kyneton, and is believed to have landed heavily on his chest area and continued playing for a time before leaving the field.
Castlemaine Football Club’s tribute to player Dallas Keogh-Frankling, who died on Saturday.Credit: Castlemaine Football Clun
His condition worsened after the game finished, and an ambulance was called about 12.20pm to take him to Kyneton Base Hospital. He was in a critical condition and died before he could be stabilised to travel to Melbourne for further treatment.
The senior game between the two clubs on Saturday was cancelled, and the Castlemaine juniors cancelled their games on Sunday. The club instead invited all players and families to spend time together at their Camp Reserve home ground and remember the young player who had previously played for Castlemaine juniors before moving into the under-18 program.
His parents Mark and Regina along with brother Ashton are being supported by the community and have asked that the team continue to train this week.
“Our club community has understandably been rocked by this tragedy and have spent time together over the past two days supporting each other and will continue to do so over the coming weeks and months,” the club said in a statement on Sunday night.
“Dallas loved his football, he loved his club, and he loved his teammates. It is unfathomable to us that he is gone.”
“Dallas loved his football, he loved his club, and he loved his teammates. It is unfathomable to us that he is gone.
“At the behest of his family, training will continue to be offered this week to honour the fact that he would never want his death to dampen our love of the game.”
The club also thanked Kyneton for the support on the day from its officials and people at the ground along with the support that has come in from around the state.
“To our wider football and netball community who have provided condolences, sent personal messages and posted tributes – we feel your support,” the club said.
“Our focus is now on Dallas’s family, his teammates, friends and our wider club community as we process his loss and come to terms with our collective grief.”
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews expressed his condolences.
“This will be an incredibly difficult time for those families, friends, and people who love those who have been caught up [in this], so we send our best wishes on what will be a challenging time,” Andrews said on Sunday.
Kyneton Football Netball Club expressed its condolences to the family of the boy and to the Castlemaine club. Kyneton also made a clinical psychologist available to speak to players and families at its clubrooms on Sunday afternoon as they also began to grapple with the death.
The Bendigo Football Netball League said in a statement its priority was providing and facilitating support for the family, friends, teammates, and coaches of the player.
Police were preparing a report for the coroner.
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