Not worried by rough ride

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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DRAFTED: Roughead (right) with former Adelaide Crows player Will Young after they were picked up by respective AFL clubs in 2008.Regardless of your prospects of winning or losing the big game, AFL grand final week is supposed tobefilledfull of happiness and excitement.
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Unfortunatelyfor Western Bulldogs ruckman Jordan Roughead, thebuild-up to the most important day in hisfootball careerhashaditsroadblocks.

The 25-year-old was struck in the face with a clearing kick during last Saturday’spreliminaryfinalwinoverGWS Giants and spent most of the week not knowing if he would keephis place inthe team for the clash with the Sydney Swans.

Roughead suffered bleeding to the eye, and to aid his recovery, he enduredhours andhourscoopedupinadarkroom inthedays following the accident.

CAN’T WAIT: Husband and wife team Bernie O’Brien and Paul Roughead are ready to watch their son Jordan play in the AFL grand final. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

But after getting the all-clear from his specialist on Friday morning, Roughead can finally re-calibrate hisfocus to the job at hand –winning the club’s first flag since 1954.

The former Ballarat boy, a product of Lake Wendouree and the North BallaratRebels,emphatically denied theinjury concern had spoiled his week.

PART OF THE JOURNEY: Roughead in action for the North Ballarat Rebels against the Western Jets during the 2008 TAC Cup season.

“No, not at all. I get to play in a grand final so the week hasn’t been ruined at all,” he told The Courier at thetraditional grand final parade in Melbourne.

“It was an interesting start to the week and a little bit of a stressful build-up, but now that I’ve got the final tick-off, I’m just excited to get out there and play.”

For Roughead’s mother and father, there was certainly some nervous moments.

His mum Bernie was edgy early in the week, but proudly sported her Bulldogs jumper on Thursday at workwhen things started to look promising.

FAMILY: Brother Joel, father Paul and mother Bernie pose for a photo with Jordan (second from right) after his 100th AFL match in Adelaide earlier this season.

Paul, a past Footscray reserves player, spent plenty of time with his son this week, keepinghimcompanyduring the days after the injury.

“Sunday he was sick, he was really sick. Monday he was lying in thedark room with nocertainty that he’dplay again. Tuesday was the main training day and media day where there’s lots happening. He missedthat,” Paul said.

“He went out to the club and did his edits on Wednesday and then went straight home. So there’s a lotofhype and things that go on that he hasn’t seen.

BULLDOG FOR LIFE: A young Roughead shows his allegiance to the Western Bulldogs long before he was drafted to the club.

“He had the open training session (on Thursday) and then he’sgone straight to the doctor after that. Hewon’thave had the week – which may be a good thing in that it hastaken his mind off it.”

Paul alsorecalled a conversation he had with Jordan on Monday when it was still unclear whether ornothewouldtake his spot in the grand final team.

“I said ‘fingers crossed everything will go well’ and he said ‘I hope so, but if it doesn’t, I’ll at least get towatchthe team that I’ve supported all my life play in a grand final’,” Paul said.

TAKING IT ALL IN: Roughead enjoys the atmosphere at Friday’s traditional AFL grand final parade along the streets of Melbourne. Picture: Getty Images.

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