Star league player survives heart attack
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
STAR Gladstone Brothers rugby league fullback James Radloff was rushed to Prince Charles Hospital overnight on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack following three games of touch football.
Radloff, who was competing for various teams in Gladstone Touch Association Wednesday night fixtures, drove himself to Gladstone Hospital after suffering chest pains at home.
It was at the hospital that the heart attack occurred.
Brothers Rugby League Club sources yesterday confirmed that Radloff's condition had been stabilised at Gladstone Hospital before he was airlifted to the Prince Charles.
Brothers president Paul Smith said club members were shocked at the news of the gifted 23-year-old's attack.
Radloff was visited by his coach Matt Jones and team-mate Chris Anderson before being flown to Prince Charles Hospital where he was reported to be in a stable condition at 6pm yesterday.
Jones said Radloff had stated he 'felt OK' and was in good spirits during his visit. Radloff's family could not be contacted yesterday.
Radloff, widely accepted in the Gladstone rugby league community as one of the best players in Central Queensland, was again a star performer for the Brethren in the recently completed CQ Extended and Gladstone and District Rugby league premierships.
Despite missing several matches late in the season due to Central Comets duty in the Queensland Cup and blood clots in his legs, Radloff finished the season as the highest pointscorer in the Extended League with 212 points. It is not known if the blood clots played any role in his heart attack.