ON THE MOVE: Tarryn Bowers goes on the attack for Lockyer Valley at Rockville Park last Saturday.
ON THE MOVE: Tarryn Bowers goes on the attack for Lockyer Valley at Rockville Park last Saturday. Kevin Farmer

Young gun returns to field after almost dying in game

AUSTRALIAN RULES: Lockyer Valley may not have won, or even kicked a goal, but round one of the AFL Darling Downs season was a success for Tarryn Bowers.

The promising midfielder went into cardiac arrest during a game at Pittsworth in July 2014 and was placed into an induced coma before being flown to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Then just 19, he stayed in the coma for a few days before having a defibrillator implanted in his chest.

The now 21-year-old has just made a return to the field and played for Lockyer Valley in the Demons' round one AFLDD men's match against Toowoomba Tigers last Saturday at Rockville Park.

That was his first competitive game back but he also played a trial match in the lead-up to the season.

"I had the pre-season game this year. That was my first game going back after my accident," Bowers said.

"I was a bit nervous. I didn't really go for the ball much that night but Saturday night I went for the ball a bit more."

Bowers played on the wing and on-ball for the Demons on Saturday night in what was a momentous occasion for the young man.

"It is something I was fairly good at. It is the only sport I have played. It was an awesome feeling to get back out there," he said.

Bowers is able to play the game as he did previously but is content to just ease his way back into footy to make sure his body can handle it.

Lockyer Valley will be back in action this Friday night when the Demons take on Highfields at Kratzke Oval.


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