Old Collegians coach Nick Sheehan says his team didn't sing its song after defeating East Warrnambool on Saturday out of respect for seriously injured Bombers coach Danny Chatfield.
Chatfield was injured in the first quarter of the Warriors 24.17 (161) to 1.6 (12) win in the Warrnambool and District league.
Chatfield was flown to Melbourne in an air ambulance after suffering a fractured skull and bleed on the brain during an on-field contest.
Sheehan said his team heard about the extent of Chatfield's injuries straight after the match.
"Everyone was numb, we were in shock really," he said.
"We didn't even sing the song at the end because someone's welfare is the priority at the end of the day."
Sheehan said he wasn't sure if the match would continue after the incident.
"We knew it was pretty serious when it happened," he said.
"We didn't know if the game would go on."
Sheehan said he spoke with East Warrnambool after the match.
"We hope he makes a quick recovery and our thoughts are with him and his family," he said.
"His health is the priority."
There was also concern for Old Collegians player Ben Turner-Dwyer who was involved in the contest with Chatfield.
Sheehan said there were worries about Turner-Dwyer's cheekbone and whether he had suffered concussion.
"He was a bit shaken up as well," he said.
The Warriors coach said Turner-Dwyer had been given the all clear at the Warrnambool Base Hospital.
Old Collegians kicked six goals in the first quarter to run out 149-point winners at Reid Oval.
Sheehan said his side put in an even performance and had a good spread of goalkickers.
The Warriors had 11 individual goal scorers with Jamie McKenzie kicking three goals.
Bailey Brooks, 18, stepped up for his first senior match of the season and also kicked three.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Harry White made his senior debut on the wing.
"He made good decisions with his ball use," Sheehan said.
The Warriors mentor said he was pleased with his team's second, third and fourth efforts.
He said his Warriors would train hard in the lead up to their clash with Allansford next Saturday.
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