Captain’s knock to be felt on wedding day
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.