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AFL legend in hospital after horror head-on collision

Chris Young
·3-min read
Richmond and AFL legend Royce Hart has been taken to hospital following a serious car accident in Tasmania. (Photo by Getty Images)
Richmond and AFL legend Royce Hart has been taken to hospital following a serious car accident in Tasmania. (Photo by Getty Images)

AFL great and Richmond Tigers legend Royce Hart has reportedly been seriously injured in a car accident in Tasmania. 

Police in Tasmania released a statement on Monday afternoon, detailing a head-on collision between two cars on the East Derwent Highway.

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One of those cars is believed to be driven by the 73-year-old Hart, with the driver and passenger of the other car also taken to hospital.

“At 11.15am today, a blue Nissan Dualis was travelling east on the East Derwent Highway, Risdon Cove, when it collided head on with a blue MCG hatch being driven in the opposite direction,” the police statement said.

“The driver of the Nissan, a 73-year-old man from Oakdowns, was taken to hospital with serious injuries."

"The driver of the MG hatch, a 77-year-old man from Bellerive and his passenger, a 74-year-old woman also from Bellerive, were also transported to hospital with serious injuries.

“The crash occurred 500 metres east of Saundersons Road and both vehicles were extensively damaged.

“Crash Investigation Services attended and are investigating the cause of the crash.

“The road was closed for about four hours.”

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Hart player 187 games and kicked 379 goals for the Tigers in a stellar VFL career that spanned from 1967 to 1977, culminating in his selection in the AFL's Team of the Century.

He won four premierships with the Tigers, captaining the club to two of them.

He was also made a Legend of the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

Bruce McAvaney quits AFL commentary

Commentary icon Bruce McAvaney has called his last AFL game, announcing his retirement from Channel Seven's football coverage.

Apart from a five-year absence between 2002 and 2006 when Seven lost the TV rights, McAvaney has been at the front of the AFL's free-to-air coverage.

He has been behind the microphone for more than a thousand games, including 20 AFL grand finals, and formed a special partnership with Dennis Cometti.

"I felt like I got to a stage in my career where I had to reduce my workload," the 67-year-old told Seven News.

McAvaney bows out of football coverage on the eve of the 2021 season, but will continue on TV in other roles.

The versatile McAvaney will lead the network's horse racing productions and be involved in this year's Tokyo Olympics in July, where he shines in track and field coverage.

Despite battling leukaemia since 2017, McAvaney stressed his decision to step away from the AFL commentary was not health-related.

"I'm certainly not anything close to retirement, it's just a new phase, where I cut back slightly," he said.

"Anything I'm asked to do now I'm going to do with the same enthusiasm and same commitment."

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