Sorry for intruding earlier. I was deeply saddened when I first heard and was hoping that it was just a bad dream. They are a much loved and respected family in our area and this has stunned a lot of people in the community.
Just a freak accident in an accidental head clash with her own teammate who by the way suffered a fractured jaw and hopefully is getting the help she needs as by all reports she is struggling and not in a great place right now.
The other girl had crossed my mind too - she must be taking it hard. I noticed that all the news articles were being careful not to say what happened (presumably to protect the team mate) but I assumed as much........head clash and a bleed was my assumption.
I hope the team mate can work through this in time and not feel (misplaced) guilt but it'll be a hard ask for her.
A very sad time for the Varcoe's and their extended family.
And if Margaret played her football in the same manner as her brother then it was full of good old guts and determination, and every moment she spent on the footy field would've been her at her bravest. She would've done her family proud. Rest in peace young lady.
Heartbreaking to lose someone so young through playing our great game. My heart goes out to her family and teammates. It must be scary for all involved to have Trav playing also / her team mates and opponents returning to play again. Makes the calls to protect the head even more important.
Just so sad. Trav was and is popular at Geelong. I love watching him still when he plays for you guys. To lose your life playing a footy match is unbelievable. I'm sure the Collingwood footy club will get around him.
Deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Margaret, an absolute tragedy.
I can imagine Collingwood people are feeling this deeply, all the best to you guys and gals, I know your great club will do everything in their power to help the Varcoe family through this.