Friends rally around Dale Shearer
Mr Shearer’s parents, sisters and two sons – Jesse, 17, and Jakson, 14 - have maintained a vigil at Royal Brisbane Hospital since the former Queensland and Test star was seriously injured in the single-vehicle accident near Peregian about 11pm Saturday.
A hospital spokesman late yesterday said Mr Shearer was still in a stable but critical condition in the intensive care unit and his family would not be making any statement until they had been able to meet with his doctors last night.
Police were still investigating the crash but said it appeared Mr Shearer’s Porsche was travelling at high speed when it failed to negotiate a roundabout on the Sunshine Motorway.
It went straight through the roundabout, hit a power pole and became airborne before crashing down an embankment.
Unconfirmed reports say the footballer had been celebrating a friend’s birthday at a Noosaville restaurant before leaving to drive home to Peregian Springs.
He was pulled unconscious from the car before being flown to Brisbane with neck and internal injuries.
Former team-mates have rallied around the 43-year-old and his family, including his parents June and Bob who also live on the Coast.
Fellow State of Origin players Gene Miles and Allan Langer went to the hospital yesterday afternoon and spoke briefly with Mr Shearer’s family.
“They have asked that we respect their privacy until they know how bad his injuries are,”said Mr Miles, who is executive director of the Former Origin Greats (FOGs) organisation.
He said phones at the FOGs headquarters had been running hot as former players inquired about the man they call “Rowdy”.
“They are all shocked and want to know how he is – what damage he has done,” Mr Miles said.
“We are very limited in what we know ourselves until his family hears from the doctors.”
Mr Langer, who attended Ipswich High School with Mr Shearer and played alongside him for the Broncos, Queensland and Australia, described it as “a sad day”.
“All our best wishes are with his family,” he said.
“His two boys are great lads and I know he’ll be doing his best to pull through for their sake.”
Mr Shearer played for Manly, the Broncos and the Gold Coast during a stellar career which included 20 Tests for Australia and 26 State of Origin matches for Queensland.
In recent years, he has continued playing for Beerwah and the Coolum Colts and Mr Miles said this had helped maintain his fitness level.
“That’s always good in these circumstances – if you’re physically fit it can be half the battle.
“He was always a very strong-willed character so if there is a way to fight this thing, Dale will fight it.”
It’s been a tragic year for the family, with Mr Shearer losing his wife Delyse to cancer just 12 months ago.
Close friend Garry Harvey, secretary of the Coolum Colts, said he had “done it tough” over the past year but the welfare of his sons had remained his top priority.
“The boys are holding up fairly well. They’ve had a lot to deal with in the past 12 or 18 months but they are a strong family group – a very close family – and they will handle it with a deal of dignity,” he said.
“Since they lost their mother, Jesse and Jakson have shown outstanding qualities
“They’ve had a lot to deal with.
“They are very strong boys and they have their family around them.
“The Dale Shearer I know is a fighter. The one thing he would want now is to be there for his boys.”
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