In October 2016, a junior player was awarded damages to the value of $589,525 plus interest for injuries sustained whilst playing in a match in 2009 for a team in Melbourne’s south east.
Judge Dyer found that the boundary line was some 32 cm under the recommended safe distance from the ground fence at which the injury occurred. The club and the league were found to be 60% liable and the relevant council 40%.
The case was appealed and this appeal was dismissed in August 2017.
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This particular case and others like it have now set a major precedent within the sporting community. Importantly, this case has highlighted a number of glaring issues that need to be addressed to insure that clubs, leagues and the relevant local councils are using “best practice” to insure player safety and to mitigate risk for all parties concerned.
Until now, there has been no set standard that all parties have been able to
use, including professional line markers. This case has also highlighted the lack of communication between clubs, leagues and their relevant local councils with regards to where the responsibility of checks and measures lay.
It has also has brought to the fore the overall lack of knowledge within the industry about the issues of player safety, especially with regards to ground hazards and safe boundary line distances.