Ipswich and Australian rugby league player Ali Brigginshaw.
Ipswich and Australian rugby league player Ali Brigginshaw. Sarah Harvey

Ali keen to find her feet quickly after unlucky break

IPSWICH rugby league star Ali Brigginshaw is philosophical about the eight weeks she won't be able to play footy after breaking her leg on Sunday.

What worries her is how she is going to get through until Thursday not being able to walk.

Brigginshaw will know on Thursday if she needs surgery or can have her leg put in plaster, enabling her to walk again.

Brigginshaw broke her leg in three places near her ankle while making a tackle for South East Queensland at the state carnival at Southport.

"I knew it was broken," she said.

"Just the pain."

The injury means halfback Brigginshaw will miss the annual State of Origin clash in Townsville on June 27.

But with no further tests to be played this season Brigginshaw has timed her injury reasonably well.

She is also lucky she didn't sustain any ligament damage in the incident, so should be back to help her Souths Logan clubs side defend its Brisbane Women's Rugby League tittle.

Brigginshaw broke her ankle three minutes into the game against Northern Queensland, won by SEQ 20-14 to claim the state title.

On Friday, Brigginshaw helped SEQ defeat Central Queensland 18-6.

"It was very close," Brigginshaw said.

"The other teams are getting heaps stronger.

"I'm just disappointed about not being able to play for Queensland.

"Because it is so close."

Brigginshaw has established herself as arguably the world's number one playmaker in the women's game.

So the 25-year-old former Ipswich Northern Suburbs junior is justifiably confident that once she recovers she will be able to resume her place in the Queensland and national teams next year.

It is little consolation this week however, as Brigginshaw remains couch-bound.

When she spoke to the QT today, she was still wondering how she would get through the remaining hours until Thursday in her immobilized state.



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