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    Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    Ashley Browne (AFL Media) May 24, 2018 5:38 PM

    Jordan Roughead reveals he risked eyesight in 2016 flag win. (Photo: AFL Media)

    WESTERN Bulldogs ruckman Jordan Roughead rolled the dice with his long-term health when he took part in the 2016 Grand Final.
    The risks he took and the hard conversations he had, have been revealed in a new book published this month.

    Roughead sustained a hyphema (blood pooling in the front of the eye) during the preliminary final win over Greater Western Sydney and his availability as the Bulldogs sought to end their 62-year premiership drought was a talking point.

    In a chapter about AFL club doctors in the book, People of the Boot, The Triumphs and Tragedy of Australian Jews in Sport, it's been revealed Bulldogs doctor Jake Landsberger called an 8am meeting on Grand Final morning to inform Roughead of the risks he faced if he played that day.

    Also in attendance at the meeting at the Brighton surgery of leading eye specialist Andrew Atkins was Roughead’s partner Bridget Davies, and the Bulldogs’ other club doctor, Gary Zimmerman.

    After a final examination, Roughead was cleared to play. But then came the home truths.

    “It could have bled again,” Jake Landsberger recalled. “One risk was permanent eye damage and the second was that if he bled again, he would instantly be taken out of the Grand Final, like he was in the preliminary final the week before.

    Roughead told everyone in the room that he would play, irrespective of the risk. He said he didn’t care about the threat of permanent damage, nor of any discomfort during the match.

    “If I end up losing sight in my eye then I’ll be a true one-eyed Bulldogs’ supporter,” he said.
    Roughead was also reminded that he wouldn't be able to avoid being monitored during the game. The doctors would be on to him.
    “I said to Jordan, every time you sit on the bench, and at every change, we’ll be looking at your eye and we can tell if you’re bleeding. You don’t have to tell us,” Landsberger said.

    Roughead ended up not just playing but taking a key mark in the final quarter as the Bulldogs finally wrested the ascendancy from Sydney before winning by 22 points.
    Premierships: AFL 1954, 2016 VFA - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, VFL: 2014, 2016 . Champions of Victoria 1924. AFLW - 2018.

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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    I'd take that risk.

    I don't know that I'd really consider the alternative of not playing.
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
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    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
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    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    And I love that picture, have a look at Jack Macrae in the background with his gaze firmly on the cup at the same time he's touching the ribbon on his medal. Nobody is taking the cup that Jack and his mates won out of his eyesight!
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    Geez amazing to think how close Tom Campbell came to being a potential premiership winning ruckman
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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    That mark was a huge one though, just after JJ's goal was overruled.
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    The bravery and courage that players go through just stuns me. Thanks Roughie- I’m glad you didn’t pay the ultimate price
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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    He's at time been maligned Jordan Roughead, but this snippet gives you more of an insight into what he's put his footy with us, and how committed he is. A true bullgod.

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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog Revolution View Post
    He's at time been maligned Jordan Roughead, but this snippet gives you more of an insight into what he's put his footy with us, and how committed he is. A true bullgod.

    That's a great nickname for the premiership players, the bullgods!
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    That's a great nickname for the premiership players, the bullgods!
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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    Yep, Danny gets the credit,
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    Yep, Danny gets the credit,
    If Roughy's back, surely it's time Danny came back into the side

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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    Ashley Browne (AFL Media) May 24, 2018 5:38 PM

    Jordan Roughead reveals he risked eyesight in 2016 flag win. (Photo: AFL Media)

    Roughead told everyone in the room that he would play, irrespective of the risk. He said he didn’t care about the threat of permanent damage, nor of any discomfort during the match.

    “If I end up losing sight in my eye then I’ll be a true one-eyed Bulldogs’ supporter,” he said.

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    I love the fact that he found the dad joke in all of this!

    It really is insane the lengths professional sportspeople will put themselves through for ultimate glory. I know I certainly wouldn't have it in me.
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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    Big decision. I'm not sure it sits well with me him bleeding halfway through the first and our ruckman being taken out of the game. Could have been the difference, especially considering the game Tom had being freed up.

    History says it was worth it, but it would be a very Bulldog experience to watch him run off in the first quarter
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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    Quote Originally Posted by Daughter of the West View Post
    I love the fact that he found the dad joke in all of this!

    It really is insane the lengths professional sportspeople will put themselves through for ultimate glory. I know I certainly wouldn't have it in me.

    They don't want to live with the "what ifs?" I reckon. That's what sets them aside from you and me. It's a form of insanity.
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




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    Re: Bulldog reveals he risked eyesight in flag win

    Quote Originally Posted by The bulldog tragician View Post
    The bravery and courage that players go through just stuns me. Thanks Roughie- I’m glad you didn’t pay the ultimate price
    Yeah amazing bravery and courage. Both Roughy and Morris.

    I need to watch the grand final again soon and relieve our greatest moment in our clubs history.
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