Hadley sustains season-ending injury
Dynamic NSW Swifts’ star Paige Hadley has been ruled out for the rest of the 2014 ANZ Championship after injuring her knee at training on Thursday night.
The 21-year-old midcourter ruptured her left anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo surgery next Friday.
Hadley, the reigning Australian 21/U Player of the Year, had a stellar 2013 and as a current Member of the Australian Diamonds squad, was looking to not only contribute to the Swifts’ 2014 ANZ Championship tilt, but secure a place in the Commonwealth Games Team.
“It’s a devastating blow for Paige, she was primed for a big season and is an important player for us,” said NSW Swifts Head Coach Rob Wright.
“While this is a setback for Paige, she is young and a strong character, so I’m confident she will come back an even better player.”
“Paige will be well looked after by the Club’s expert medical team and we will provide her with support throughout her recovery,” concluded Wright.
2014 NSW 21/U and 2013 Netball NSW Waratahs' midcourter Taylah Davies comes in as a replacement player for this Sunday’s Round 2 ANZ Championship game against the Mainland Tactix in Christchurch (5:20pm AEDT).
Davies, 19, has experience playing with the Swifts having been a replacement player for Brooke Miller during February’s ANZ Championship Pre-Season “Summer Shootout” tournament.
As yet no decision has been made on a long-term replacement for the injured Hadley.