Kyabram star Ash Mangan is devastated after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for City West Falcons on Wednesday night.MATTHEW GALEA March 24, 2014 4:10am
Ash Mangan will have no involvement in Kyabram’s Goulburn Valley Netball League campaign this season after suffering a serious knee injury.
Heartbroken was the only way Ash Mangan could describe feeling after suffering a serious knee injury on Wednesday night in Victorian Netball League action.
The 24-year-old defender went to receive a centre pass during City West Falcons’ 17-goal win over Boroondara Genesis, but landed awkwardly and received just enough contact to cause her anterior cruciate ligament, medial ligament and both medial and lateral meniscus to tear.
‘‘(Receiving the pass) was nothing I haven’t done 5000 times,’’ Mangan said.
‘‘I’ve never really been injured before .
‘‘It’s heartbreaking. I’ve compared it to a similar sort of pain to losing my grandmother, especially because it’s happened this year having the opportunity to play in Melbourne.
‘‘I feel like part of me is empty.’’
Mangan now faces a nervous wait to see a surgeon, who will inform her of her options going forward and what the rehabilitation process will involve.
‘‘I’m very flat. My emotions are up and down,’’ Mangan said.
‘‘I can joke about it sometimes, and others I’m very emotional.’’
The injury rules Mangan, a former Wellman medallist, out of Kyabram’s Goulburn Valley Netball League team this year in a playing capacity.
‘‘I’ll still be involved. I’m coaching the 17s and I’ll be helping Belinda (Lees) with the A-grade side as much as I can,’’ Mangan said.
‘‘I hope to still be involved with my team in Melbourne, too.’’
Knee injuries are part and parcel of the sport which requires players to come to instant stops while twisting and turning.
Even with a number of high-profile cases in the ANZ Championship, most recently NSW Swifts midcourter Paige Hadley, Mangan said it was not a real concern for players.
‘‘I don’t think anyone would think, ‘This sport is tough on the body and I might do a knee so I might stop playing’,’’ Mangan said.
‘‘You just go out and keep playing and if it happens it happens.’’
Mangan said her Falcons teammates, some of who had suffered similar injuries, had been helpful and she hoped to come back as good, if not better, than she was before the injury.
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