Grafton product fractures wrist in Firebirds victory
QUEENSLAND Firebirds wing attack Verity Simmons sustained an impact fracture to her wrist after landing heavily in the final minutes of the Firebirds 52-46 round two win over the Pulse in New Zealand.
The 23-year-old from Grafton hit the court hard after a mid-air collision with Pulse defender Joline Henry and had to be assisted from the court. Simmons received medical attention in New Zealand on Sunday and did not travel home with the team yesterday morning.
The exact length the feisty mid-courter will be sidelined will be determined by the Firebirds medical staff upon her arrival back in Queensland today.
Simmons mum, Carol said her daughter was in good spirits and her only concern on the way to the hospital was the outcome of the game.
"She was a bit out of it due to the pain killers, but all she kept asking me was, 'did we win, did we win'," Carol said.
The Firebirds play the NSW Swifts this Sunday in Sydney and will announce a replacement player for Simmons later in the week.
Captain Laura Geitz said there were a lot of things happening out on the court in the physical encounter but said she was proud of how her team played especially in the last quarter.
"Really upset and disappointed for our wing attack, Verity to have that happen in the final minutes," Geitz said.
Simmons had returned to the starting line up on Sunday in place of Caitlin Nevins, who started ahead of Simmons in the round one loss to West Coast Fever.