Souness ready to fire af­ter ma­jor in­jury

Kapi-Mana News - - GARDENING - KRIS DANDO

It’s been a tough 12 months for Whit­ney Souness, but she can see bright light at the end of the tun­nel.

The Porirua net­baller rup­tured the an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in her right knee dur­ing the na­tional net­ball cham­pi­onships in Oc­to­ber last year.

It ru­ined Souness’ chances of play­ing any part in the Cen­tral Pulse’s 2016 ANZ Cham­pi­onship cam­paign, the last be­fore Aus­tralia with­drew to set up their own na­tional league.

New Zealand’s new com­pe­ti­tion, the ANZ Net­ball Elite League, will see Souness have a role as part of a promis­ing mid­court group for the Pulse, which in­cludes Claire Ker­sten, Sheri­dan Big­nall and English­woman Sara Bay­man.

The 21-year-old Souness said the se­ri­ous knee in­jury was a blow so early in her pro­fes­sional ca­reer, but out­stand­ing sup­port from friends, fam­ily and the Pulse or­gan­i­sa­tion made her re­cov­ery eas­ier.

‘‘I’ve known what I’ve had to do each step of the way and the sup­port from peo­ple around me has made the load less heav­ier,’’ she said.

Half of her re­hab time has been spent at the ASB Cen­tre in Welling­ton and the rest in Porirua.

‘‘Only a few weeks af­ter the surgery I was able to start train­ing and I def­i­nitely favoured the knee for a while - it took a while be­fore I wasn’t think­ing about it. I played club net­ball in July and it came through well, so I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting out there for the Pulse in 2017. I’m work­ing on my fit­ness ev­ery day.’’

It wasn’t all smooth sail­ing, how­ever, with com­pli­ca­tions not long af­ter surgery on Novem­ber 27 last year.

‘‘I couldn’t move my leg at one point. We thought it might be a blood clot, but I got it mov­ing, which was a re­lief.’’

A full Pulse squad get-to­gether will hap­pen shortly and pre­sea­son be­gins in Jan­uary.

Souness said there would be new faces to bond with in the Pulse, along with the ex­pe­ri­ence of Ka­t­rina Grant, Phoenix Karaka, Te Amo Amaru-Tib­ble and Cathrine Tuiv­aiti (for­merly Latu) to lead the way.

She said it was hard to gauge what New Zealand’s new-look pro­fes­sional league would be like.

‘‘I’m not re­ally sure what to ex­pect, but I think it will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for younger play­ers. I just have to take mine.’’

PHOTO: MAARTEN HOLL

Net­baller Whit­ney Souness in ac­tion for Welling­ton last year, just days be­fore her bad knee in­jury.

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