Isabelle Kelly, co-captain of the Sky Blues, has been cleared of a larynx fracture after a throat injury sustained in the Origin game against Queensland on Thursday night. In the first half of the game, Kelly took a forearm to the throat from Queenslander Julia Robinson. She remains in the ICU at Westmead hospital as a precautionary measure due to swelling to the throat. NSW Rugby League released a statement on Friday stating that Kelly has not sustained any serious damage. It is unclear if Kelly will be available for the next game in Townsville on June 22.
Kelly posted on Instagram on Friday reassuring her fans that she is OK but still in the ICU. In contrast, Sky Blues coach Kylie Hilder expressed disappointment that the play was not paused after Kelly dropped to the pitch clutching her throat. Hilder was critical of the referee’s decision and felt that it was a big concern when a player is unable to breathe after being hit in the throat.
The injury to Kelly appeared to unsettle the team, and the Blues did not play as well in the second half of the game. Winger Jaime Chapman was equally puzzled about why play was not paused and reflected that it was sad to see their captain in pain. Despite this setback, the team rallied for Kelly and played for their captain, leader, and friend.