Blanch­field buzzing for re­turn to court

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Antony Ste­wart

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.

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‘‘ 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.’’

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