Victoria: A 17-year-old boy died after becoming unresponsive during a weekend football game.

The teenager died during a football game over the weekend after collapsing on the pitch.

At around 12:20 p.m. Saturday, police and paramedics were called to Kyneton Football Club, about 86km northwest of Melbourne, following reports that a 17-year-old had become unresponsive during a game.

The Castlemaine teenager was taken to Kyneton Hospital in critical condition, where he was awaiting transfer to Melbourne for further treatment.

The boy died before the transfer.

An under-18 match between the Kyneton Tigers and Castlemaine Magpies was canceled a quarter after the incident.

Castlemaine’s Facebook post says that the team will come together during the day to be together during a difficult time.

“We will meet as a community from 4:30 pm in the social rooms at Camp Reserve, Castlemaine to provide a safe space to work together during this difficult time.”

Local sports teams in the area paid tribute to the club in comments on the Facebook post.

“FNC South Bendigo extends our thoughts and deepest condolences to everyone at Castlemaine Football Netball Club, especially the family at this sad time,” wrote one club.

“In times like these, our club and the entire Bendigo Netball Football League come together and support each other.

“Heartbreaking news. Condolences to the Castlemaine Football Netball Club family and community,” Campbells Creek Colts Cricket Club wrote.

“You are on our minds.”

Originally published as 17-year-old boy dies after becoming unresponsive during weekend football game