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East recruit hospitalised

EAST Geelong recruit Kieren Walsh has spent time under observation in Geelong’s University Hospital following an accidental collision that resulted in an early end to the GDFL reserve grade match-up with Thomson on Saturday.

Eagles football boss Michael O’Leary says Walsh’s head collided with a Tiger opponent’s shoulder early in the final quarter of the clash at Richmond Crescent.

“He was knocked out immediately and was pretty much out for 4-5 minutes,” O’Leary said of the former Western Eagle.

“We kept him prostrate on the ground – just not moving his neck – and our trainers and physio did an assessment.

“After about 10 minutes, he was pretty good, so he tried to get up, but he was a bit groggy.

“They laid him back down until the ambulance came. They (paramedics) did an assessment, and he didn’t know what month it was, so they took him to hospital as a precaution.”

O’Leary says he has spoken with Walsh’s father while also receiving a photo of Walsh from hospital giving the thumbs up.

“Credit to our trainers; they did really well,” O’Leary said. “And even the Thomson trainers were out there really helping.

“He was in good hands.”

Thomson, which was leading by 24 points at the time, were declared the winners.

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