Brisbane Lions youngster Harris Andrews hospitalized with bleeding on the brain after crude elbow strike

Sport360 staff 19:50 25/06/2018
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Team mates surround the stricken Harris Andrews

Greater Western Sydney’s Jeremy Cameron will head straight to the AFL tribunal following a sickening collision that left the Brisbane Lion’s Harris Andrews with bleeding on the brain.

Cameron was not offered an early plea for his elbow on Andrews in Saturday’s match at the Gabba, won by GWS 109-82, with the match review committee deciding he will face the tribunal on Tuesday night.

Andrews was hospitalised as a result of the incident and is being closely monitored.

He was rushed to hospital in the hours following Saturday’s 27-point loss having copped an elbow to the chin in an incident that caused uproar across Australia. (See it for yourself below.)

Cameron never looked a chance of winning the ball when he came in from behind at a marking contest and struck Andrews, who was moving back with the flight of the ball, with a raised forearm.

The match review panel classified that the incident was “intentional conduct, severe impact and high contact”.

Cameron is expected to be suspended for at least four matches.

“We watched the incident from all angles and came up with the view that it was to be graded intentional, on that basis that a raised forearm or elbow is usually conclusive that a strike is intentional,” said match review officer Michael Christian.

The Lions confirmed in a statement that: “Andrews was admitted to hospital late Saturday night after his condition worsened. After undergoing tests and scans, he was discharged and returned home Sunday evening.”

“Throughout this time the Lions Medical Staff have been in constant consultation with a neurosurgeon, who will re-assess Andrews in two weeks’ time.

“The Club will follow standard protocols around concussion this week and will regularly monitor Andrews’ condition.

“Our discussions with the neurosurgeon have been encouraging as they expect Harris to make a full recovery,” said General Manager of Football David Noble.

“He will have a follow-up scan in two weeks’ time, when we will know more.”

Andrews, just 21, needed four stitches to repair a cut on his chin from the collision but was said to be in good spirits once he returned to consciousness and even made an appearance on Brisbane’s bench before half-time.

He also approached Cameron after the full-time siren but took a turn for the worse later that night and was rushed to hospital.

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