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Forget The Lucky Rabbit's Foot

Words: Jeremy Monahan

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People say that a rabbit’s foot can be lucky, but for Hannah Graydon it was a Rabbits jersey that proved to be the ultimate good luck charm.

Hannah and her boyfriend Scott were involved in a terrible car accident coming home from the recent Rabbitohs vs Raiders game, and she attributes her good fortune in not being killed in the accident down to her lucky, and beloved, South Sydney jersey.

“I wanted to share what happened on the way home from the game last Saturday at ANZ,” Hannah wrote in an email to the Club.

“Fortunately (unfortunately) the main victim from Saturday night was my jersey (and our car!). Whilst it didn't bring us luck at the game, I felt as though it certainly brought me luck on the way home.

“My boyfriend Scott and I were driving home to Bronte from watching our beloved Bunnies at ANZ Stadium when we were hit by a drunk driver who sped through the red light at an intersection near Moore Park.

“I remember seeing the car coming towards us from the left as I was on the passenger side, the feeling of the impact, the airbags inflating and hitting me in the chest and then our car coming to a stop. Apparently we spun around three times but neither of us remembers that. 

“We were both able to get out of our car unaided but the adrenaline wore off pretty quick for me and I went into shock collapsing to my knees with pain in my neck and hips. Scott (amazing as per usual) got me to a safe spot on the grass so I could lie down and covered me with a blanket.”

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Following this traumatising crash, it was a fellow Rabbitoh who helped Hannah through the ordeal.

“There were many people around helping us; fire-fighters, police and paramedics; who all were unsurprisingly amazing, along with some concerned witnesses,” Hannah explained.

“A few of them helped distract me by asking me about the Bunnies game that night with questions like "What was the score?", "Who scored tries?" and "Who is your favourite player?"

“I received sympathy at the loss from the paramedic who also was a big Bunnies fan – it seems we're everywhere!

“The paramedic and I - whose name I think was Rick, continued to share Bunnies stories on the way to the hospital, his first game he went to, my first game I went to and the Grand Final win in 2014.”

Despite the destruction of the car and the possible injuries sustained by her and her partner, the true disappointment came when the news about her Rabbitohs jersey was delivered.

“I was taken away to emergency and Scott stayed at the scene with the police,” Hannah wrote.

“Once I was at the hospital, the nurse broke the news that my jersey had to be cut off as I needed to go for scans on my hips and neck.

“This was my main concern at the time!

“I really didn't want my jersey cut off, I take great pride in wearing it and supporting the team, but I knew as I was in a neck brace and hip brace they wouldn't be able to proceed with the scans unless it was cut off.

“Thankfully the scans all came back clear without any fractures so the damage was just all soft tissue, but my jersey was not so lucky!”

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Hannah is still recuperating from the crash, but the loss of the jersey still burns deep.

“A week of rest, intermittent wearing of our neck braces, physio and we'll be on the mend,” Hannah said.

“Our car will not recover as the front section is basically gone. We were told by the police officer and paramedic that we were extremely lucky.

“If we'd have been in a less-safe car, or less than a metre further forward in the intersection we likely wouldn't be around to tell our story.

“I'm relatively new to the world of footy, being introduced to the Bunnies by my boyfriend at the end of 2013 when we began dating, and I can't believe I went so long in my life without it!

“What a great first season I had in 2014!

“It's a community I love being a part of, even converting my family back in the UK into keen Bunnies fans as well, with my dad watching the Grand Final in 2014 on his iPhone at home in the UK.

“We even sent them up to watch the World Club Series game so they could experience firsthand the excitement of a Bunnies game.

“Footy is always a conversation starter, and I'm always happy to talk about the Bunnies!

“It really brings people together and you can share joy with a stranger who's as enthusiastic as you!

“It helped get me through the traumatic situation last Saturday night, keeps me distracted and keeps my spirits high.

“So I want to thank the team for giving me this, and to the thousands of other people who they bring hope and joy to.”

Hannah, from everyone at the Rabbitohs we are glad to hear that you and Scott are on the mend.

We can’t do much to help with your injuries, nor the damage done to your car, however keep an eye on the mailbox. There may be a replacement jersey on its way!

Post semi game - going to the GF!