Wodonga’s Clint DeBortoeli ducked when he should have weaved to this rising delivery from Eskdale’s left arm quick Ryan de Vries in the first grade district clash at Willow Park.
And Border Mail photographer Matthew Smithwick caught all the action frame by frame.
DeBortoeli was taken to hospital, with a CAT scan revealing no major injury.
But Bulldog captain Ken Hayes said DeBortoeli needed five stitches on his split ear and had a decent headache on Sunday.
“He certainly had mild concussion but he’s tough and clearly has a pretty hard head.”