On Sunday the 4th of June we all awoke to a beautiful sunny winters morning. Some of us preparing for the traditional Sunday sporting event in the country the peoples game, a game of Rugby League.
The Dubbo CYMS Club headed off to Wellington to compete in 4 grades of Rugby League. League tag, Under 18 Juniors, Reserve Grade & the main game First Grade.
The normal pregame rituals with strapping, rub downs & warm up drills. Everything seemed to be like a normal Sunday. The inter town & club rivalry on the paddock, played in a sportsman like manner, the home crowd behind their team & the visitors, while being out numbered, still vocal in supporting their team the Fishies, better known as Dubbo CYMS.
The time was 12.45pm & the Reserve Grade ran out onto the field, where both sides lined up, listening to the instructions from the referee while shaking hands with their opponents. Everything seemed like a normal game of rugby league with the kick off commencing the start of the Reggies game.
Then came the 25th minute of the first half. Ryan, playing his first game of rugby league in six years, took the ball up into a regulation hit up and went into a tackle. What seemed to be normal, was all of a sudden realised that Ryan had contacted the opposing players body with his head. The initial thinking was Ryan had received a head knock & was a little concussed. After a very short time the league safe officers realised that the injury sustained was a little more serious. It in fact, a lot more serious.
After laying motionless on the ground for some 90 minutes talking to the people assisting him, Ryan was airlifted to RNS hospital for hospitalisation for treatment to a serious neck injury.
It was reported in the late of Sunday night that Ryan had in actual fact sustained a fracture to his C5 vertebrae along with swelling of his spinal cord.
Ryan has since undergone an operation to insert rods along his spine to support his C5 vertebrae & take pressure off his spinal cord.
While a definite prognosis has not been given at this time. The road ahead to recovery for Ryan is going be a long haul.
The Ryan Medley Appeal.
The “Ryan Medley Appeal” is being launched by Dubbo CYMS in conjunction with Dubbo CYMS Cricket, Dubbo CYMS Old Boys, Saint John’s Junior Rugby League & South Dubbo Rotary & the support within the Rugby League Community.
The Appeal is being set up as a community support for Ryan & his Wife Casey along with the Medley Family. We understand that Ryan’s health & outcome from this serious injury is paramount at this time. We also realise & understand that the Medley families main concern at this very moment is Ryan. With this in mind the community wants to assist Ryan & his family to minimise any financial impost during these trying times.
Ryan’s rehabilitations will involve long stints away from his wife & family. The funds raised are initially for the purpose of providing accommodation, travel, personal items & other costs associated to allow the family to be beside Ryan in these trying times. Times like this we all know how important it is in having family & loved ones close by your side, to provide positive support, to encourage & motivate Ryan in his time of need & rehabilitation ahead.
On behalf of the CYMS club along with the associated clubs & organisations we would like to thank you for your donation & support to The Ryan Medley Appeal. We can also guarantee that every dollar raised 100% going directly to Ryan & Casey to assist Ryan in his recovery.