Injury to captain mars Giants win

Kimberlee Green of the Giants cheers from the sideline after being injured during against the Thunderbirds.
Kimberlee Green of the Giants cheers from the sideline after being injured during against the Thunderbirds. Mark Metcalfe

THE Giants' fifth straight win of Super Netball may have come at a hefty price with captain Kim Green injured in the side's 53-38 trouncing of the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

The team's calming influence and mid-court marshall collided with a rival and fell to the ground with a shriek and in obvious pain in the opening minutes of the game in Canberra on Sunday.

She returned to the bench later with a compression bandage on her knee but there are serious concerns about the seriousness of the injury.

"It was awful. I think it shook us all," said defender Bec Bulley, playing in her 200th elite netball game against the Thunderbirds.

"I know what a tough cookie she is so to see that sort of reaction from her. It's horrible."

Green missed a month last season with a partial ACL tear before returning to the court fitter and stronger than ever.

The veteran captain will undergo scans this week to ascertain the seriousness of the injury.

The injury is the first real setbacks suffered by the Giants this season with the new club the only undefeated team in the new Australian-based competition after five rounds.

Bulley, enticed out of retirement after the birth of her daughter Indie, now one, to play alongside old teammate Green, said the Giants were rattled by the injury to their leader.

"I think we were all a bit shocked by the injury and it took us a while to compose ourselves again," Bulley said.

It wasn't the circumstances the Giants were hoping for to honour defender Bulley for her services to the court.

"All that matters is Kim is OK," she said.

Susan Pettitt (17 goals from 20 shots) helped recompose the team with stellar shooting in the second half.

Jo Harten scored 26 from 35 with Kristina Brice netting 10 from 14 for the Giants.

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