The AFL world has been left in shock after the death of a 17-year-old footballer during an under-18s game in the town of Kyneton in Victoria.
The player from the Castlemaine Football Netball Club collapsed during an away game at the Kyneton Showgrounds just after midday on Saturday.
A later game between Castlemaine and Kyneton’s senior teams was abandoned.
It sparked an outpouring of grief from across the football world.
The teenager was remembered as a “nice kid” according to messages on the club’s social media channels.
Kyneton’s Fire Brigade wrote: “Condolences and our deepest sympathies to the entire football community from us all.”
Greater Bendigo councillor Matthew Evans said: “Incredibly saddening and devastating.
“My sincerest of condolences and prayers to the family and the entire Castlemaine FNC. Thoughts with the Kyneton FNC as well.”
North Geelong Junior Football Netball Club posted: “From one community club to another, our thoughts are with your club and wider community at this tragic time.”
The parent of another under-18s player wrote: “Hard to believe something like this can happen in junior football. My heart goes out to all. My son plays for u18 as well and I can’t even begin to imagine how hard this would be.”