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Aussie football player dies after collision

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A 21-year-old West Australian man has died after a collision during a game of Aussie rules football in Perth's Mosman Park.

Amateur player Josh Henderson was playing a C-grade match for Mosman Park Football Club in their first game of the year when he was injured during the second quarter of the game Saturday, club president Ian Earl said.

The young player was rushed by ambulance to Fremantle Hospital but died soon after arrival.

"One of our players had a bump on the field and he died at Fremantle Hospital not long afterwards," Earl said.

"He was a league player coming back through the reserves and this was the first game of the year. Unfortunately, he's had just a slight bump, not a big bump."

Henderson's death followed that of Bullcreek Leeming thirds E1 captain Kyle Thomas, 25, who died after colliding with another player in September last year.

Thomas was the fourth young player to die or be seriously injured across Australia in the final month of last football season.

The tragedies prompted Western Australia's amateur football league to introduce new rules this year that ensure players with head injuries are immediately taken off the field and cannot play again until they have been given a medical clearance.


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