CRIMSON MASK: South Grafton’s Matt Woodley looks worse for wear after his head clash with fellow Rebel Dwayne Duke. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
CRIMSON MASK: South Grafton’s Matt Woodley looks worse for wear after his head clash with fellow Rebel Dwayne Duke. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Woodley home resembles ward as two of three brothers injured

THE RECORD books show it was a rough day to be a South Grafton Rebel, but it was probably worse to be a Woodley.

The Woodley household more closely resembles a hospital ward with two out of the three brothers unable to finish Sunday's Grafton Derby.

A sickening head clash left South Grafton pair Matthew Woodley and Dwayne Duke out for the count.

Woodley was left with a crimson mask after the 10th minute incident in which the pair attempted to stop Grafton Ghosts lock Don Dickson, who was able to slip through.

Duke was heavily concussed and played no further part in the game.

South Grafton Rebel Karl (left) and Grafton Ghost Raih Woodley in the lead-up to the Grafton Derby last week.
South Grafton Rebel Karl (left) and Grafton Ghost Raih Woodley in the lead-up to the Grafton Derby last week.

"I didn't want to leave the boys, but it kept going," Woodley said.

"It didn't stop until about 5pm. They put five stitches in so it wasn't that big, it was just deep."

Woodley's brother Karl was forced to play the 80 minutes for the Rebels as injuries left the side without a bench.

He managed to avoid injury and admitted to being "a little tender" yesterday morning, but both Rebels will have plenty of time to recover as the match doubled as their last for the season.

Third brother and sole Ghost Raih claimed bragging rights as his side registered the 96-6 win, but even he only lasted 15 minutes before injury struck him down.

"I'm not sure yet, but I might've torn my quad," Raih said.

"We're not playing this week, so I've got extra time to get over it so hopefully it'll be right."



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