Isabelle Kelly, the co-captain of the NSW rugby league team, is in hospital after coughing up blood during the Women’s State of Origin match against Queensland. The incident occurred during the first half of the match, when Maroons winger Julia Robinson’s forearm hit Kelly’s throat as she attempted to tackle her. Despite needing the assistance of two trainers to leave the field, Kelly has been cleared of serious throat damage. However, she remains in hospital as a precautionary measure. The Sky Blues are yet to confirm whether she will be available for the second match of the series in Townsville on June 22.
Kelly gave an update on her condition on Friday morning on Instagram, saying she was still in the ICU at Westmead Hospital, but was surrounded by an amazing staff. In a media statement, the Sky Blues confirmed that Kelly did not have a fracture to her larynx or windpipe damage, but she still has swelling to the throat. The coaching staff and team will continue to monitor her progress closely to ensure she receives the best possible care.
After the game, Sky Blues coach Kylie Hilder questioned why her team was not awarded a penalty following the incident involving Kelly. Hilder expressed her concern about Kelly’s condition and questioned why there was no penalty for the hit to the throat. Robinson was upset and stated that she did not intend to injure Kelly.
The Sky Blues will need to win the return clash in Townsville by nine points or more if they are to retain the Women’s State of Origin shield. The second match of the series on June 22 will be crucial as both teams battle it out for the prestige of claiming the title of Women’s State of Origin champions. However, the health and wellbeing of Kelly remains the paramount concern, and all parties involved are hoping for a speedy recovery.