Purcell bracing for more field fun

IN typical modest fashion, senior Norths player Lisa Purcell was guarded about her role in the defending premiers' latest 5-1 victory.

However, after playing in only her third game after eight months out, Purcell had every right to be cautious.

Wearing her distinctive black headband, Purcell looked fit as she offered decisive input playing right half.

But it was the brace on her left knee that highlighted her recent plight.

“It's been a long process,” Purcell said of her comeback from surgery.

“It is nothing structural. It's just sometimes the joints don't move for a while and cramp up.

“It's getting better.”

Former state player Purcell took her time coming back to make sure she was up to the rigours of A-grade hockey.

“It seemed to go alright,” she said of her knee operation.

“It was a good break but you miss running around and stuff.”

In recent years, Purcell has been one of the most influential people in Ipswich hockey as a player, coach and mentor.

Although dreading the 8.30pm training sessions on cold nights, she seemed happy to be helping Norths in their comprehensive win over Hancocks on Saturday.

“Being with the girls and the whole team is good,” she said.

“It's just a bit of fun out there really. You've got to have fun.”

While recovering, Purcell has also been busy with a new business venture.

She is involved part-time as a co-manager in a Field Hockey Equipment store with husband David and former regional coaching director Rodger Grulke.

They supply a range of hockey products from their Raceview shop.

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