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Young PEI Rugby Player on Life Supports

May 12, 2018 by  
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UPDATED: Montague rugby player suffers serious head injury, placed on life support following freak accident at Summerside’s Voye tournament

The host Three Oaks Axemen, striped shirts, and Westisle Wolverines battle in the opening game of the 22nd annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside on Thursday night.
The host Three Oaks Axemen, striped shirts, and Westisle Wolverines battle in the opening game of the 22nd annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside on Thursday night. – Jason Simmonds

Final two championship games cancelled Saturday at Three Oaks Senior High

SUMMERSIDE – What started out as a weekend celebration of rugby at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside has turned to tragedy.
A member of the Montague Vikings suffered a serious head injury Friday night, during a game in the 22nd annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament.
The player was transported by ambulance to Prince County Hospital in Summerside, and then, later in the evening, to Moncton, N.B., where he underwent surgery.
“(Friday) one of our student-athletes was involved in a freak accident during a rugby game,” read a post on the Montague Regional High School website. “He sustained a brain injury that required surgery.
“Unfortunately, it is with deep sadness that we have to convey that Brodie McCarthy did not register any brain activity after the surgery. His family has chosen to donate Brodie’s organs because that was what Brodie would have wanted.”
Parker Grimmer, director of the Prince Edward Island public schools branch, offered this statement to the Journal Pioneer: “The Public Schools Branch can confirm that the student sustained a serious injury on Friday while playing in the David Voye Memorial rugby tournament in Summerside. He is now in hospital.

The Montague high school is open (Saturday), and I just got back from there myself. Counsellors were on-site to support students and staff. . . Our thoughts are with the student, his family, teammates and friends at this time.”
Understandably, both the Montague boys and girls’ teams were very upset with the injury, and decided not to continue in the tournament.

Finals cancelled
Games resumed on Saturday morning, but after it was learned that McCarthy was on life support, the final two championship games – Tier 1 girls and boys – were not played.
“Out of respect for this young man, his family, his school and players here today, Three Oaks cancelled the remaining games in the tournament,” said Three Oaks Senior High School vice-principal Gerald MacCormack, who added everyone at the Summerside school extends their thoughts and prayers to the McCarthy family, Montague teams and community.
The mood on the grounds of Three Oaks was very sombre as both players and coaches on a number of teams were visibly upset when the updated news broke.
A total of 28 senior AAA teams – 16 girls and 12 boys – were competing in the three-day tournament, which attracted teams from P.E.I., Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta.

Jason.simmonds@journalpioneer.com 

Twitter.com/JpsportsJason https://www.facebook.com/jason.simmonds.180


UPDATE: Montague student on life support after suffering serious injury during rugby game

Montague Regional High School. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Montague Regional High School. SUBMITTED PHOTO – Submitted

Montague rugby player suffers serious head injury, placed on life support following freak accident at Summerside’s Voye tournament

SUMMERSIDE – What started out as a weekend celebration of rugby at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside has turned to tragedy.

A member of the Montague Vikings suffered a serious head injury Friday night, during a game in the 22nd annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament.

 The player was transported by ambulance to Prince County Hospital in Summerside, and then, later in the evening, to Moncton, N.B., where he underwent surgery.

“(Friday) one of our student-athletes was involved in a freak accident during a rugby game,” read a post on the Montague Regional High School website. “He sustained a brain injury that required surgery.

“Unfortunately, it is with deep sadness that we have to convey that Brodie McCarthy did not register any brain activity after the surgery. His family has chosen to donate Brodie’s organs because that was what Brodie would have wanted.”

Parker Grimmer, director of the Prince Edward Island public schools branch, offered this statement to the Journal Pioneer: “The Public Schools Branch can confirm that the student sustained a serious injury on Friday while playing in the David Voye Memorial rugby tournament in Summerside. He is now in hospital. The Montague high school is open (Saturday), and I just got back from there myself. Counsellors were on-site to support students and staff. . . Our thoughts are with the student, his family, teammates and friends at this time.”

Understandably, both the Montague boys and girls’ teams were very upset with the injury, and decided not to continue in the tournament.

Games resumed ‪on Saturday morning, but after it was learned that McCarthy was on life support, the final two championship games – Tier 1 girls and boys – were not played.

“Out of respect for this young man, his family, his school and players here today, Three Oaks cancelled the remaining games in the tournament,” said Three Oaks Senior High School vice-principal Gerald MacCormack, who added everyone at the Summerside school extends their thoughts and prayers to the McCarthy family, Montague teams and community.

The mood on the grounds of Three Oaks was very sombre as both players and coaches on a number of teams were visibly upset when the updated news broke.

A total of 28 senior AAA teams – 16 girls and 12 boys – were competing in the three-day tournament, which attracted teams from P.E.I., Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta.

Jason.simmonds@journalpioneer.com  ‪Twitter.com/JpsportsJason https://www.facebook.com/jason.simmonds.180

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