Panthers fan cops a bad break

Bad break Michael Gregson is carried off after injuring his ankle last week.

Bad break Michael Gregson is carried off after injuring his ankle last week.

MICHAEL Gregson went to watch his beloved Penrith Panthers last Monday night not only looking forward to the match but also knowing he'd feature in the half-time entertainment.

Little did he know he'd also feature in Nepean Hospital's emergency department.

Mr Gregson was competing in a game called the Big Ball Bash, in which two teams of fans sprint from either goal line to a giant ball, pushed over the opposition stripe.

Running from 50 metres away, he smashed into the giant ball, as per normal, but the collision resulted in a broken and dislocated ankle.

Another Penrith fan also involved shared the ambulance ride after he suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Despite being in pain, Mr Gregson talked to the Fairfax Media just hours after the incident.

"Currently in Nepean ED," he said.

"They've set the ankle and will operate to fix the break."

And he was even good enough to recount what happened out on the field as shocked fans watched on.

"All I remember is running full speed at the ball and bracing myself for impact," he said.

"I knew straight away I'd broken something, so they called it off pretty quickly. One of the other blokes didn't get out unscathed either, he dislocated his shoulder. "There was no pain straight away, adrenaline kept me from feeling it. I've been kept on a steady supply of morphine, so I'm grateful for that."

Mr Gregson's sense of humour was still with him when asked what effect the injury will have on his immediate future.

"It's ended my City2Surf campaign, but I don't know how much of a difference it'd make to my time," he said.

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