Nicole Cude.
Nicole Cude. Contributed

Injured Cude contemplates career

AS her West Brisbane teammates play for a spot in this year's Holden Cruze Cup finals, Ipswich netballer Nicole Cude can only watch.

Five weeks ago the Redbank Plains resident ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament and tore the meniscus cartilage in her left knee while playing against the Carina Tigers in the state tier one competition.

"I caught a ball in the third quarter and I went left but my leg went right," Cude said.

A knee reconstruction followed which will keep Cude out for the rest of the season at least.

Cude had previously said this would be her final season of competitive netball.

She hoped to end it on a high with the Lions.

"I'm not sure now," the 29-year-old said when asked if she had changed her mind.

"A lot of people are saying I need to come back again next year and the coach wants me back."

Cude has played with a troublesome left knee for some time and the operation is likely to have it stronger than previously.

However, there are other risks involved in a comeback for any 30-year-old.

"They say it will be better than the other knee," Cude said.

"But the risk is you could then do the other one because you have compensated for so long."

The decision may depend on how Cude feels once her rehabilitation is closer to complete.

"We'll see how hard it is to get through it," she said.

The pain of injuring her knee, after hearing the snap as the ACL tore, was only marginally worse than the pain of having to watch her team surge towards the finals without her.

But there is no question of Cude's loyalty to her teammates, despite her personal disappointment.

"I definitely want them to win," she said.

"I want to watch them in the finals.

"It was just very disappointing to go out so early in the season."

The fourth-placed Lions play ladder leaders Carina next Saturday at the State Netball Centre, Mt Gravatt.



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