Eagles’ wings and ankles got clipped

April 17, 2018

Alana Nelson of Echuca United during the MFNL A grade netball match between Echuca United and Numurkah. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Jessica Davidson of Echuca United during the MFNL A grade netball match between Echuca United and Numurkah. Photo by Luke Hemer.

AN INJURY to star wing attack Alana Nelson overshadowed Echuca United’s five-goal loss to Numurkah on Saturday.

The pivotal Eagles’ player went down clutching her ankle in the second quarter, and was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

It was later found that Nelson had torn ligaments in her ankle and will be sidelined for about four weeks.

United netball president Tracey Pearson said she is glad Alana is alright, as the injury looked like it could have been much worse.

‘‘Alana went down in the second quarter and was taken to hospital with ankle concerns. We thought she might have broken it, but thankfully it was an injury to her ankle tendons.

‘‘I texted her last night and she thinks (she will be out of contention for) four weeks,’’ Pearson said.

The game itself was played in spells of torrential rain and gusty winds, which influenced a low-scoring 21-26 result.

Pearson said it was some of the worst conditions she has seen a match played in.

‘‘It was just terrible conditions, at one stage it was absolutely a torrential downpour and windy as anything.

‘‘I was managing the C grade side on the day and they played at the same time as the A grade girls. It was just horrible - I don’t think I’ve ever seen it rain like that on match day,’’ she said.

The match was played at a slower pace than the usual high intensity that United brings to its matches, Pearson said.

‘‘I’d say because of the conditions we had to play like that (slower), it certainly wasn’t as fast a match as it normally is with us,’’ she said.

Pearson said although the side narrowly lost, on another day and in different conditions the match could have gone either way.

‘‘I think they were probably the better side on the day. But although they won on the day I think our girls were unlucky to be honest,’’ she said.

Next up for United is Rumbalara away in Shepparton on Saturday.

Pearson said the side is looking forward to the match and the chance to bounce back after the Numurkah defeat.

‘‘The girls are looking forward to that match. They (Rumbalara) look to have a strong A grade side this year and will be a good test for our team,’’ she said.

The match will begin at 1.30pm at Rumbalara Recreation Reserve.

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