Harry Perryman, who played footy in the tiny
country town of Collingullie in the Riverina region of New South Wales, reflects on the round one incident that results in a punctured lung.
Perryman ferociously attacked a 50-50 ball in the second term but was crunched by Essendon's Patrick Ambrose.
The 20-year-old courageously played out the quarter but ended up in hospital before the match finished, where doctors found he'd punctured a lung.
The injury cost Perryman seven games but he returned with 24 possessions and 10 marks against Carlton in round 10 and hasn't missed a game since.
"Thatís always been my natural game, if the footy is there and it's you turn to go you just put your head over it and go," he said.
"Thatís what my old coach back in 'Gullie used to always say.
"You used to come up against some big boys back in the day, so you used to get rag-dolled and thrown around a fair bit.
"At the time I was pretty shattered to miss so much footy but in hindsight, it probably helped me as a player."