Cap­tain’s knock to be felt on wed­ding day

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

STEEL­CATS cap­tain Kristy O’Neill’s wed­ding dress may have an un­wel­come de­sign ad­di­tion next week­end.

While pro­duc­ing an in­spi­ra­tional de­fen­sive ef­fort in Mag­netic North’s seven-goal Holden Cruze Cup loss to de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Cougars in Lo­gan on F r i d a y , O’ Nei l l s u f f e r e d a sus­pected torn shoul­der mus­cle.

She is ex­pected to un­dergo scans to­day to dis­cover the ex- tent of the dam­age. Her wed­ding co­in­cides with the Steel­cats hav­ing a bye in the state net­ball competition.

‘‘ She had her hen’s party ( on Satur­day) night and she had strap­ping tape all over her s h o u l d e r , ’ ’ S t e e l c a t s c o a c h Deb­o­rah Ruka said.

‘‘ The physio was pretty good, though, and gave her pink strap­ping tape, so it looked all right. ‘‘ I’m not sure what her ( wed­ding) gown is go­ing to look like but I’m sure she’ll work some­thing out with the physio.’’

Jokes aside, it was a sad way for a promis­ing start to the sea­son to end.

De­spite los­ing 53-46, Mag­netic North showed pre-sea­son talk of fi­nals may not be un­re­al­is­tic as they pushed the Cougars, win­ning the first and fourth quar­ters, only for the third term to let them down.

It was the Steel­cats’ first qual­ity hit-out, while they also had to con­tend with 90-minute travel de­lays be­fore the game.

‘‘ I feel the Cougars are a stronger team than they were last year and I feel we played very well for our first time out this sea­son and to come within ( seven) of the de­fend­ing champs is a great ef­fort,’’ Ruka said.

‘‘ We’ve recog­nised a lot of things that we need to im­prove on from that game and it’s a good thing. We’ve got a lot of room for im­prove­ment and those other teams are al­ready there, so we’re ex­pect­ing to do well this sea­son.’’

Shoot­ers Joanne Mor­gan and Erin Cur­rie were out­stand­ing, shoot­ing at 83 per cent each.

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