AFTER a quick trip to Ipswich Hospital, nurse Megan Bool hobbled back to support the team she had backed all season.

It was a shame her hockey side lost after coming from fourth to make the A-Grade grand final.

However, just being able to sit on the bench was a feat in itself for the club-minded player and coach.

Bool had to get her dislocated right toe put back in after suffering the injury playing for Swifts in the Reserve Grade grand final.

She had to be assisted from the field in agony with Swifts and Wests deadlocked at 2-2 with 26 minutes left.

The Bluebirds rallied to seal a 3-2 win. But that wasn't the last Swifts saw of their A-Grade coach.

She returned in time to oversee her team's preparation for the rain-affected grand final eventually won 2-1 by Wests.

Despite the final defeat, Swifts had come a long way.

"In our first game of the season, we were actually introducing each other in the dugout, I think with nine players,'' Bool said.

"So to come and make the grand final, we were really proud of that effort.

"It was always going to be tough against Wests. I think we gave it a bloody good go.''

Bool said her team adapted well after the disruption of having to change fields due to the rain-soaked main surface.

"Both teams just got on with what they needed to do,'' Bool said.

"What this group has achieved this year has been amazing and hopefully, fingers crossed, they all come back next year.''

Bool couldn't leave the Ipswich Hockey Complex on Saturday night without acknowledging some other valuable people.

"Thank you to my colleagues at Ipswich Emergency Department. They really helped me out,'' she said.

"I'm pretty sore but I'm glad I made it back.''



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