Ker­shaw in tip-top shape

HOCKEYROO WELL RE­COV­ERED FROM TORN LIGAME NT

Kalamunda Reporter - - Real Estate Plus -

STEPHANIE Ker­shaw says she is now com­pletely over the in­jury that wrecked her chance of com­pet­ing at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Ker­shaw was side­lined from hockey for 14 months with a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment.

“I think I was lucky be­cause mine was an im­pact in­jury, so I think I could trust my­self a lit­tle eas­ier than some peo­ple that in­jure theirs run­ning,” she said.

“But it is pretty scary be­cause you have to learn how to walk again and learn to trust that knee again.

“Phys­i­cally I was fine af­ter 14 months but men­tally it was prob­a­bly two years.”

The Queenslander, one of 10 Com­mon­wealth Games debu­tants in the Aus­tralian squad, said she took some time to feel com­fort­able again.

“I was pretty ner­vous how I would go af­ter the in­jury,” she said.

“I wasn’t try­ing to think about that too much but I’m su­per happy to be where I am now.”

Where she is now is on the cusp of a Com­mon­wealth Games de­but.

The fifth-ranked Hock­ey­roos have banked the past three gold medals at the Games and Ker­shaw said Aus­tralia had the squad to do it again on the Gold Coast.

She said the team would look to play an at­tack­ing style to achieve that goal, which was per­fect for her.

“Per­son­ally I just want to do my bit for the team,” she said.

“I think if I just play my role and try bring some ex­cit­ing hockey to the game, I think I’ll be pretty happy.”

Aus­tralia opens its against Canada on April 5. ac­count

Pic­ture: Steve Bar­dens/Getty Im­ages for FIH

Stephanie Ker­shaw .

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