Collingwood Recruit Bobby Hill Opens Up About His Testicular Cancer Battle After Fairytale AFL Return
AFL Star’s Battle with Cancer
After a year off the AFL, Bobby Hill made a triumphant return for his new team, Collingwood. Hill had been diagnosed with testicular cancer while playing for Greater Western Sydney in May 2020. After asking to be traded to Collingwood, Hill found solace in the support of other players who had returned to their game after beating cancer. Carlton’s Sam Docherty and North Melbourne’s Ben Cunnington were some of the players who had reached out to Hill.
Lucky to Catch the Cancer Early
When asked about his cancer diagnosis and road to recovery, Hill was grateful for everyone who had helped him. He expressed his appreciation for detecting the cancer early and for the support he received from other players and his family during his ordeal. “I was lucky they got it really early and got it (the cancer) out,” said Hill.
Solid Support System
Aside from the support he received from his family and fellow AFL comrades, Hill was also grateful for the welcome he received from his new team. “Coming to Collingwood, they made me feel at home. To come back from that, it’s a credit to my family,” Hill said.
Continuing the Family Tradition
Hill comes from a family of football stars, including Brad, Josh, and Stephen, who led the way before he got drafted. He trained with Brad and a boxing coach to get his fitness back during the off-season and said it was important to continue the family tradition.
Bitter Blow for Collingwood
Despite Hill’s successful return, the Magpies were dealt a blow when Jeremy Howe left the field with a broken arm after a collision with Tyson Stengle. The team rallied, briefly trailing by 21 points before making a comeback to secure a win for Hill’s return game.