- Thursday, 08 May 2014
Reece Blechynden marked his return to WAFL football with a spectacular on-the-run torpedo goal during last week’s top of the table clash with Swan Districts.
It came almost two years after he suffered severe burns to his face and body caused by an oven explosion in the kitchen of a restaurant.
Blechynden was left hospitalized and had to undergo intensive rehabilitation just to resume simple daily activities and admits he had given up on his 51-game WAFL career.
“I went through a stage where I thought footy was all over. I tried to come back to training half way through last year but the new skin just wasn't ready and I wasn't able to sweat or cool down so I would get light headed and nauseous so it was a little disheartening at that stage.” Blechynden said
The 24-year-old says he’s grateful the club stood by him during his recovery and was rapt to hit the scoreboard in prolific fashion in his comeback game.
“it was really overwhelming when all the boys got around me after I kicked that goal, such a great bunch of blokes to be playing with and it shows by the way we play for each other.” Blechynden said
The defender says he and his teammates now have their focus firmly on this Saturday’s challenge, Perth at Lathlain Oval.
“This one will be a good test of character for the boys, to be able to bounce back after our efforts last week but we know its not going to be easy because Perth have been playing some good footy this year.” Blechynden said.
Rising star Josh Deluca is a chance to return from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the past two games. Fans will be hoping both Deluca brothers can deliver their trademark tackling pressure against the Demons.
Jarryd Morton made the move to the Demons last season and this year he’s been joined by his older brother Mitchell and younger brother Cale.
Combined the three have 181 games of AFL experience and Mitch is a premiership player with Sydney.
The trio tallied 60 disposals and 2 goals against Peel last week.
Coach Damien McMahon will have added a few goal kicking drills at training this week after his side recorded 10 goals and 17 behinds in their 29-point win over Peel last week.
Paul Bevan kicked 2 goals 4.