Emerald Tigers captains Ray Downie and Luke Wren model the retro jerseys to be auctioned off at the player calcutta on the weekend.
Emerald Tigers captains Ray Downie and Luke Wren model the retro jerseys to be auctioned off at the player calcutta on the weekend. Rebekah Polley

Tigers rally for injured player

A FREAKISH accident has left an Emerald Tigers player in a Townsville hospital waiting for surgery on his face.

Adam Whitbread suffered facial injuries when he fell into a bone-crunching tackle at the weekend game against the Clermont Bears.

He connected with the upper torso of a Clermont Bears player and had to be airlifted to the Townsville Hospital.

Emerald Tigers Club vice president Jay Edwards said the accident was not seen often in rugby league, with doctors even saying it was a rare football injury.

"He suffered serious face injuries and needs complicated surgery to rectify," he said.

"We wish Adam all the best while recovering in Townsville."

The Tigers want to give back to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, who flew Adam to Townsville, and will be collecting donations for the service at their weekend game against the Blackwater Crushers at McIndoe Park on Sunday.

The home game is part of the club's reunion and all supporters, players and sponsors are invited.

"Anyone who's had anything to do with the Tigers, not just the players (is welcome)," Edwards said.

"Every one can turn up and have a beer with everybody."

The reunion will start at noon and Edwards said he hoped players from the 2002 grand final team would attend and cheer on the current team.

"A fair few players from different eras will be there," he said.

"The boys will want to play well in front of the old boys.

"We just want to get the Tiger family back together."

There will be a player calcutta from 2pm where keen bidders can "buy" a player for the match with the calcutta pool and player's jersey up for grabs.

"Just get down there and support us," Edwards said.


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