Lowrie plays through pain barrier
Fortunate to be involved ... Todd Lowrie. Photo: Getty Images
MELBOURNE lock Todd Lowrie admitted his own grand final victory - in his final match for the Storm - probably shouldn't have happened after he suffered a calf injury in the side's final training session.
Lowrie suffered the injury on match eve, during the Saturday training session. He was sent for scans and admitted he felt that afternoon - not to mention through the night when he was forced to ice his calf regularly - he was not confident of playing in the decider against the Bulldogs.
''I had to go and have scans [on Saturday afternoon], and had to pass a fitness test [yesterday morning] while the boys were playing cricket,'' Lowrie said. ''It was pretty sore, to be honest. I was up during the night icing it and getting physio. I was that far away from not playing, to be honest. All yesterday afternoon, I thought it was over. But I woke up this morning and I wasn't too bad.
''It wasn't the ideal preparation - I've had a pretty stressful 24 hours … but I'm certainly glad now I pushed through and played.''
Had he not been preparing for a grand final, it was unlikely he would have played. ''I'm not even a hundred per cent sure what the damage was. I think they kept it from me.
''It was just a matter of getting through a function test. I just put on the brave face in the fitness test.
''I'm certainly glad I did. Grand finals don't come along very often. It's pretty surreal, to be honest. The only time it sinks in is when I look down and see the ring on my finger.''
The match was Lowrie's last for the Storm. Along with centre Dane Nielsen, he will join the Warriors next season.
''I'm not really thinking about moving on, to be honest,'' Lowrie said. ''I'm just enjoying this feeling.''