The Adelaide Thunderbirds will be without young shooter Charlee Hodges for the final two games of the 2018 season after the South Australian injured her right foot in last Sunday’s game.
Hodges sustained the mid-foot sprain, also known as a Lisfranc injury, in a landing in the last quarter.
Hodges will be replaced by Abigail Latu-Meafou in the Adelaide Thunderbirds match day 10 to take on the Queensland Firebirds this Sunday in Brisbane.
Adelaide Thunderbirds Head Coach Dan Ryan said: “It’s devastating news for Charlee and the team to have her season cut short so close to the end.”
“Charlee has been one of the shining lights of the 2018 season. From training partner to starting goal attack, she’s fully embraced every single opportunity and has shown everyone that she’s a future star of the game.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure coaching her, she gives you absolutely everything and I can’t wait to see how her career progresses over the next few years.
“Abi has been unlucky with selection over the last few weeks, but she’s been training well and is ready to come back into the team for the final two matches.”
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Queensland Firebirds shooter Cathrine Tuivaiti said she’s ready for a tough battle with goal keeper Laura Geitz.
“I was watching the Suncorp Super Netball from New Zealand and came here because the league is fierce and ferocious, and I needed to be part of it,” Tuivaiti said.
“It’s been a long time between drinks for me and Geitz. It’s exciting to come up against her again.”
Tuivaiti said the team was incredibly disappointed with their performance against the Sunshine Coast Lightning in Round 12.
“Lightning are a well-oiled machine and I think the result didn’t show how good we can be.
“We are disappointed in how we played and we know that it’s not acceptable, so we need to tighten up if we want to get a couple of wins.
“It’s tough walking into the Firebirds’ home court, but we are up for the challenge.”
Adelaide Thunderbirds match day 10
Leana de Bruin (C)
Chelsea Pitman (VC)
The Adelaide Thunderbirds take on Queensland Firebirds at 12.30pm (ACST) on Sunday 29 July at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
The game is broadcast live on Channel 9 Adelaide, Telstra TV and the Netball Live App from 12.30pm (ACST).