A junior football club in Melbourne has appealed a half-million-dollar payout to a former player whose knee was seriously injured during a match.
Beau Hart was in 2016 awarded $589,525 after he sued Beaumaris Football Club, the Southern Metro Junior Football League and Bayside City Council in the Victorian County Court for injury damages.
Counsel for the defendants on Friday asked the Victorian Court of Appeal to review the ruling, arguing some of the evidence about distance at the trial was not reliable.
Mr Hart was playing for the under 17 Beaumaris Sharks football team at Banksia Reserve on June 29, 2009 when he leapt into the air to mark a football.
As he came down, his left boot caught on the wire fence outside the boundary line.
He crashed to the ground and badly injured his knee, with an orthopaedic surgeon describing it as a "wiped-out knee".
As a result of significant nerve damage, Mr Hart suffers from foot drop and cannot hold his foot in a fixed position without the aid of a prosthetic device.
His civil claim complained that the boundary line was too close to the fence.
The club and the junior league argued the boundary line exceeded the minimum distance of three metres specified by the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
On October 21, Victorian County Court judge Robert Dyer found the distance between the marked boundary line and the fence was "significantly less than the mandated league minimum" of three metres.
He found the club and council had breached their duty and caused Mr Hart's injury.
Judge Dyer awarded Mr Hart $589,525 in damages and ordered the club and league contribute 60 per cent, with the council to settle the remainder.
Justices Robert Osborn, David Beach and Stephen Kaye have reserved their decision.