‘Freak ac­ci­dent’ ends tough match score­less

Central Leader - - SPORT - By ALASTAIR LYNN

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.

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‘‘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.

Photos: PHO­TOTEK

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.

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