Shock as young football player collapses and dies on sideline

A YOUNG country football player has tragically died after collapsing at the end of an AFL game in regional Victoria.

The tragic scenes unfolded in front of shocked onlookers following a reserves match at Learmonth Football Ground, just north of Ballarat, on Saturday.

It’s understood the man, aged in his 20s, collapsed and died on the sideline after suffering a suspected heart attack about 4pm.


The young player walked over to the bench at the end of the game and complained of feeling unwell before passing out, The Courier reported.

Despite the desperate attempts of paramedics and club staff to revive the man, he could not be saved and died at the scene.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious and will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

The Central Highlands Football League released a statement last night, confirming the tragedy.

“The Central Highlands FL and its members are shocked at the tragic death of a Dunnstown reserves player today at the Learmonth Oval,” the statement said.

“He collapsed at the end of the reserves game and despite the best efforts of club staff and paramedics he was not able to be saved.

“There was nothing which occurred within the match which led to the player’s collapse.

“The CHFL will work with both clubs and their members over coming weeks to support them through this heartbreaking incident.”

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