‘Freak accident’ ends tough match scoreless
It’s been a horror three weeks for Three Kings United.
The mid-table battlers have seen seven serious injuries across the season, the latest a broken leg to Martine Puketapu.
A 0-0 draw against Eastern Suburbs AFC was not because of a lack of opportunities, but the ghastly injury which occurred in the 60th minute.
‘‘It was just sort of a freak accident,’’ Three Kings Utd coach Alan Hindson says.
‘‘It was a bad tackle from the other girl but not malicious. It ended up being a double footer and Martine had all her weight going forward.’’
An ambulance was rushed to the scene with the final minutes of the game called off.
Puketapu had to be rushed to the hospital where after an operation it was concluded she would be out for the rest of the season.
‘‘They pinned it and operated and they think it will be six months before she’s back up on it again.’’
Before succumbing to the ill-fated result, the match had been a close contest with opportunities on both sides.
Moments before the tackle Puketapu fired a powerful shot that deflected off the woodwork.
‘‘It was the kind of shot that you only see once it’s bounced off the post,’’ Hindson says.
Three Kings are planning on appealing the decision so the game can be rescheduled.
However Eastern Suburbs coach Paul Marshall feels a rematch will be unlikely.
‘‘I just cant see happening,’’ he says.
‘‘Sixty minutes constitutes for a game and we went over that mark.’’
With top of the table Claudelands Rovers on June 28, Hindson knows his girls are in for a tough game.
For now it’s back to the drawing board for the team.
‘‘We’ve just got to make sure everybody enjoys the season and we keep the girls we want to improve next year,’’ Hindson says.
Jessie Mathews and Eastern Suburbs’s Deven Jackson tussle for the ball.
Martine Puketapu, right, competes with Eastern Suburbs’s Rebekah van Dort.
Three Kings keeper Rebecca Rolls goes up high to take the ball from a corner.