Yeppoon Seagulls Lewis McPhail in the grand final game against Brothers at Browne Park. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin ROK200811cleague11
Yeppoon Seagulls Lewis McPhail in the grand final game against Brothers at Browne Park. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin ROK200811cleague11 Chris Ison

McPhail career twist 10 minutes into clash with Sharks

LEWIS McPhail could be forced to hang up his footy boots for the last time after suffering a devastating ankle injury over the weekend.

The Yeppoon Seagulls skipper's season, and possibly rugby league career, was cut short on Sunday afternoon in the side's Rockhampton Rugby League round eight encounter with Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks at Webb Park.

While the Seagulls soared to a 66-26 victory, the side was left counting the cost of losing their captain and two other players to injury.

McPhail said his match turned sour just 10 minutes into the first half of the clash.

"I went in to make a tackle and then someone just came over the top," McPhail said from his hospital bed.

"I dislocated my ankle and broke my fibula and tibia. I'm in a lot of pain.

"I'm out for the rest of the season and I'm fairly upset but it was still good to get the win."

Seagulls' coach Jason Green said McPhail wasn't the only one carried off the field, with Jeff Russell and Jye Schafer both suffering knee injuries.

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"Losing Lewis is pretty big. We have a few busted up with knee injuries as well," Green said.

"If it's as bad as it looked, Lewis is out for the rest of the season and his career could be over. He deserves a lot more for what he's done for the team and the Seagulls as a club.

"Two of the boys (Russell and Schafer) are heading to the doctors today to get knee injuries checked out.

"Something needs to be done about the way they're going in to tackle. I think it's just the interpretation of the rule."

Heading into this weekend's encounter with Norths Knights at Webb Park, the coach was confident his remaining troops would get the job done.

"We have lots of depth and youth in the club," he said.

"We get four back this week and they're quality players.

"I had about eight A-grade players on the bench this week as well.

"I was really impressed with how the youth bench played and everyone played their part."



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