Walcha forfeited their Group 4 Second Division home match against Bundarra on Saturday after Roos second-rower Ben Green suffered an horrific ankle injury just before half-time that required him to be airlifted to hospital in Tamworth.
Walcha president Peter Berry said the ankle had to be “reset” before the Westpac Rescue Helicopter could airlift Green to hospital.
“The left ankle was very badly dislocated,” he said, adding that the ankle may have been broken too. “It was basically turned around in a very awkward direction … They flew him to Tamworth to operate and do repairs tonight.”
He added: “It was basically a try-saving tackle. The Bundarra player was perfect. He pulled up straight away and called for help. He knew it was no good.”
Berry said several Walcha players had broken bones playing this season.
Saturday’s incident occurred just before half-time with Bundarra leading 16-0.
Walcha have a bye in the final round of the season next Saturday, and decided to end their year earlier by not playing on against Bundarra.
“We had to wait for the ambulance, and I think it’s about six broken bones this year. So we decided it’s enough for one year,” Berry said.