Geelong rocked by devastating death of club staffer at training

Chris Young
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A tribute to Geelong club favourite Vic Fuller was lead by Cats captain Joel Selwood on Tuesday, following the 79-year-old's tragic death while at the club on Monday. Pictures: Twitter/Geelong Cats/Wide World of Sport
A tribute to Geelong club favourite Vic Fuller was lead by Cats captain Joel Selwood on Tuesday, following the 79-year-old's tragic death while at the club on Monday. Pictures: Twitter/Geelong Cats/Wide World of Sport

An emotional tribute to Geelong Cats great Vic Fuller was led by club captain Joel Selwood a day after the Cats legend died under tragic circumstances on Monday.

Selwood led the tribute to Fuller, 79, at the Cats' training ground at Kardinia Park on Tuesday before the team contunied pre-season training.

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Fuller was a long-time club staffer who had worked for Geelong for nearly 50 years.

He collapsed on the field during Monday's training session and was unable to be revived.

Prior to the Cats' return to the training track on Tuesday morning, Selwood gathered the players together for a short tribute to the beloved club icon.

"Guys, I just thought it was important that we all come together this morning," Selwood said.

"Yesterday was very tough for a lot of people. He touched people in many different ways.

"He'll live on in this footy club. He didn't want things to be about him until it was about him, and he'll be laughing all the way to heaven."

Geelong chief executive Brian Cook said on Tuesday evening that players and other club staff were being provided with counselling after the sad incident. 

Cook also said Fuller was given immediate medical attention at the time of his collapse.

"He collapsed right out front [of] the race. He had medical attention within 30 seconds. A defibrillator on him within a minute," Cook said.

"It's been a really challenging day for a lot of people, especially the senior players and the football staff who've worked with him for a long, long time, because Vic's been around for 50 years.

"There's been three grief counsellors engaging with our people."

Tasmania won't meet Hawks' AFL deadline

Tasmania won't meet Hawthorn's mid-year deadline for contract negotiations as the state plays hardball in its quest for an AFL side.

Hawks boss Jeff Kennett says his club needs to know by June or July whether it will play games in Tasmania next season.

The state government recently put talks with Hawthorn and North Melbourne on hold until the AFL provides greater clarity on a timeline for a Tasmanian side.

The league instead indicated last Friday that it would set up an independent review into the merits of a side, to be completed by the end of the year at the earliest.

Hawthorn and North Melbourne will host four games each in Tasmania in 2021, but the longstanding deal expires at the end of the year.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said he is not inclined to meet Hawthorn's mid-year deadline.

"I've made it perfectly clear that we wouldn't be able to do that," he told SEN Radio.

"We can't frame those contracts up until we have clarity on what the future looks like.

"For the AFL to push this down the road for another 12 months, I don't think it's reasonable under the circumstances."

With AAP

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