Injured Southern Steel duo Wendy Frew and Te Paea Selby-Rickit back for final - June 27, 2017
by SCOTT DONALDSON
There is some good news for the Southern Steel netball team, with injured duo Wendy Frew and Te Paea Selby-Rickit set to take the court in the national netball league final.
Southern Steel captain Frew and goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit have been included in the team's squad for the ANZ Premiership final against the Central Pulse, to be played at ILT Stadium Southland on Wednesday night.
Four of the Southern Steel squad were injured when the team's van was involved in an accident at a Christchurch intersection earlier this month, with Frew requiring surgery for elbow and leg injuries, while Selby-Rickit suffered a rib injury.
All four players missed the team's round 12 fixture against the Mainland Tactix, while shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and centre Shannon Francois returned for the Steel's comfortable 64-51 victory over the Central Pulse.
"I am available for selection, so hopefully the coaches pick me, but the other girls have done well in my absence, so I guess it comes down to what fits the format for tomorrow [Wednesday] night and what the management team want to do," Frew said.
According to Frew, the duo have been stringently following rehabilitation programmes set by the franchise's medical team.
"Since the accident, I was kind of out of action for a week, I wasn't up to too much at all but the last week I have had a really good plan in place from the doctor and our physio Corina [Ngatuere] doing a bit of rehab and just trying to get moving, so it has been working really well," she said.
"Once again we are both in the same boat, we have been given our rehab stuff and she [Te Paea Selby-Rickit] has been ticking all the boxes too. We are both available for selection and we both want to be out there big time."
The 32-year-old is looking forward to taking the court in the final, in front of a boisterous home crowd.
"It is great to play in front of our loyal fans, they have been wanting this for a long time now, so it is very special to be here and we know it is going to be a great spectacle out here tomorrow [Wednesday] night," she said.
"If you are going to play in a final, there's no better place to play than Stadium Southland."