Blanchfield buzzing for return to court
the training court flected exactly that.
‘‘ He was like a jumping jelly bean,’’ Crocs coach Trevor Gleeson enthused.
After being confined helplessly in bed and then riding more kilometres than Cadel Evans following a horrific fall which inflicted severe bruising to his pelvis in a game last month, Blanchfield couldn’t hide his enthusiasm. With two critical games for Townsville before the playoffs, starting with Melbourne on Saturday, he could prove a secret weapon.
‘‘ It’s amazing when you have a couple of weeks off what your body feels like and your legs feel like compared to going every day. I’ll just try and use that to our advant a g e , h a v i n g a f r e s h b o d y , ’ ’ Blanchfield said.
‘‘ It’s hard just missing practice, let alone the crowd the boys played in front of against Perth ( last week) . . . it’s just good to be back on court, bouncing around with the guys, especially when everyone’s training hard and putting in the work.’’
The athletic Blanchfield has averaged around 10 minutes a game this season, racking up 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds.
But Gleeson said his return to the rotation would go beyond statistical input.
‘‘ Touch wood, the last two years we haven’t even had our 10 ( man roster) for the playoffs, maybe I shouldn’t mention that . . . but Todd’s good to have back – he’s been a great spark for us off the bench,’’ he said.
‘‘ Before his injury he was just starting to get his rhythm and get going and hopefully he should be able to continue where he left off.’’