Promising young Coffs Coast footballer and Toormina High School student Jake Kedzlie.
Promising young Coffs Coast footballer and Toormina High School student Jake Kedzlie.

Tommy Raudonikis's grandson dies after weekend league game

PROMISING young Sawtell footballer Jake Kedzlie was taken off life support this morning after he suffered a head injury during a junior rugby league match at the weekend. 

Jake remained on life support in intensive care since the incident but a NSW Health spokeswoman confirmed the family made the harrowing decision to take theToormina High student off support.

The family has also decided to donate Jake's organs to those in need.

The 15-year-old was the grandson of rugby league great Tommy Raudonikis.

Raudonikis said his daughter Corryn and the rest of the family were devastated by the news.

''It's truly devastating. He was just a lovely young boy,'' Raudonikis said.

''We just can't understand. He had the world ahead of him, and everybody loved him.  It's unbelievable.''

Former origin great Tommy Raudonikis is in mourning at the loss of his grandson.
Former origin great Tommy Raudonikis is in mourning at the loss of his grandson.

Jake was rushed from the field at Rex Hardaker Oval to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital on Saturday afternoon.  

Country Rugby league CEO Terry Quinn said it was a 'sad sad accident.'

"We pride ourselves in rugby league being a very safe game and this has just been a terrible situation," Quinn said.

"His family must be devastated and that is where our thoughts are at the moment.

"I will be meeting with the family today and talking briefly in regard to counseling and financial support Country Rugby league can offer them."

A facebook tribute page has been posted in his honour.

To leave a post in tribute to Jake Kedzlie go to Facebook

Jake pictured in the backrow with the members of a local youth football team.
Jake pictured in the backrow with the members of a local youth football team.

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