In­jury jour­ney makes court star stronger

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

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“Dur­ing my re­hab I had in the back of my mind, you know, you’ve got to work hard to get what you want and to make worlds,” she said. “I’m so glad the Swifts did re­ally well this year be­cause I think I built with the mo­men­tum.

“It’s a tough in­jury to come back from but I think it’s made me stronger for it so I’m grate­ful for that ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Hadley said she was grate­ful for the on­go­ing sup­port from Swifts coach Rob Wright.

“He said to me, ‘That lit­tle Pen­rith girl that came over to tri­als and she was all by her­self – you stood out and I knew you were go­ing to be some­thing spe­cial’.

“He was there dur­ing my whole re­hab and I can’t give him any more praise. He’s a funny char­ac­ter and re­ally makes me en­joy my net­ball.”

The mid­courter re­called her younger years as a ju­nior player in the Pen­rith Dis­trict Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

“Ob­vi­ously you hope that you’d be in the green and gold but I never imag­ined that it would come true,” she said.

“There’s al­ways set­backs and chal­lenges but I think that makes you re­alise how bad you want it.”

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