Teenage league star in intensive care
By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON Ghosts Under-18 rugby league player Mitch Ware remains in intensive care at the Gold Coast Hospital, Southport, after suffering a fractured scull in Sunday's match against South Grafton Rebels at McKittrick Park.
The 16-year-old Grafton High School student was felled in a tackle 15 minutes into the second half.
The tackle is subject of an official complaint lodged by the Grafton Ghosts to the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League Group committee, which was scheduled to be heard last night.
Ware was replaced after the incident when he was struck in the head during a tackle by a rival player.
After returning to the dressing sheds he complained of a headache and illness, Ghosts Under18 assistant coach Troy Mortimer said.
"He looked grey and yellow and his mother Elaine took him immediately to Grafton Hospital and the doctors found he had a 10 centimetre fracture of his scull," Mortimer said. "They had to drill a hole in his scull to relieve the blood pressure and stop clotting.
"He was flown to the Gold Coast on Sunday night by helicopter and had further surgery."
Mortimer said that after speaking to Ware's mother, who remains at her son's bedside, the lad was heavily sedated and 'has tubes hanging out of him everywhere'.
"He's still in intensive care and Elaine said he's not real good," he said.
"We all hope he can make a full recovery."
Ghosts secretary Vic McInnes said the club was 'very concerned' over the incident and 'the boy's health'.
Ware recently played a starring role in Grafton High School's dramatic win in the annual Daily Examiner Schoolboy Shield final in June.
He is also a fine cricketer playing first grade for East Royal Tavern in the Clarence River Cricket Association Premier League.