Two Waubra reserves footballers were rushed to hospital in Ballarat on Saturday afternoon following separate incidents in the side’s Central Highlands Football League clash with Hepburn.
Well known local and former Farmer Wants a Wife contestant Matthew Gallagher was stretchered from the ground at the Waubra Recreation Reserve following a head clash at the start of the second quarter.
Mr Gallagher had been struck on the back of the neck, leaving him with concussion and tingling in the limbs.
By the time the ambulance arrived for the midfielder, teammate Adam Jarvis required urgent attention for a broken arm.
Mr Gallagher was taken to the Ballarat Base Hospital for an MRI scan, while Mr Jarvis spent the night in the St John of God hospital and was due to undergo surgery on Sunday.
Mr Gallagher, who was released form hospital at 6pm on Saturday night, said there was “nothing malicious” in the injuries.
“There was nothing dirty in it, just two teams going hard at the ball in what was a pretty important game,” Mr Gallagher said.
Mr Gallagher said while he was feeling “pretty sore and sorry for (himself)”, he had been cleared of any neck or spinal injuries.
Waubra managed to come away with the premiership points from the round 10 fixture, winning 12.7 (79) to 7.6 (48).