Hart-less Ghosts

Grafton Ghosts’ Aaron Hartmann breaking the Evans Head defence during their match at Grafton on April 22.
Grafton Ghosts’ Aaron Hartmann breaking the Evans Head defence during their match at Grafton on April 22. Debrah Novak

WHEN Grafton Ghosts back-rower Aaron Hartmann collapsed to the ground in agony last Sunday while playing against Kyogle, there was a deafening silence in the crowd.

While the Ghosts were running in another four-pointer against the Turkeys, Hartmann lay motionless in back play. And the concern on the faces of Ghosts supporters was clearly evident.

The champion forward eventually got to his feet, allaying any fears he had suffered a serious neck or back injury.

As Hartmann was escorted to the changng rooms by two Ghosts training staff and later into an ambulance, the devastation on his face was only too clear.

It's every footballer's nightmare, wondering if he has received a serious injury and if his season may have come to an abrupt end.

Thankfully for Hartmann and the Ghosts, the doctor's report was better than many expected.

"I had scans and although the news is not great, it's not as bad as I first thought," Hartmann told the Examiner on Monday as he was released from hospital.

"It looks like I have a bulging disc so I won't be rushing back to play. It's still very painful so I'll need plenty of rest."

Hartmann admitted after he received the knock to his lower back midway through the first half, his first thoughts were to get to his feet.

"It's the first time something like that has happened to me and it was a bit scary," he said.

"I heard a loud crunching sound in my back and all I wanted to do after it happened was to get up and start walking, but I was in a lot of pain and discomfort."

It will be a huge blow for the defending premiers if their star back-rower is out for the remainder of the NRRRL season as his early season form has been outstanding.

Thankfully, the Ghosts have plenty of back-up, but replacing arguably the best player in the NRRRL won't be easy.

Along with teammate and Ghosts captain/coach Ryan Farrell, Hartmann was recently selected in the NRRRL senior representative side.

But with their first game set down for next month, it will be a race against the clock for Hartmann to be fit in time.

Topics:  grafton ghosts nrrrl

Experts suggest ways to protect yourself during shark attack

Multiple people attended the scene at Lighthouse Beach where a shark attack took place around 9:30 on Monday morning. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

How you can protect yourself against sharks.

Dreamworld horror: 30 detectives to probe how it happened

TWO children watched their mother die in Dreamworld horror

Local Partners

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Woolies announces closure of Ipswich store

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals