Tough Brady back after knee injury
IT'S fortunate Rockhampton basketballer Alexandra Brady is a tough, driven competitor both on and off the court.
Brady, 19, was having the best season of her basketball career before it all came crashing down.
She had made her debut for the Townsville Fire during the 2010/11 WNBL season and was sole captain of the Queensland under-20 side at the Australian championships in Maitland, NSW, in February.
Brady was eagerly looking forward to returning to the Hog's Breath Cafe Cyclones for the 2011 women's QBL season.
However, a routine fast break brought that all undone.
The Queensland captain fell awkwardly, tearing her anterior cruciate ligament and, in the process, cruelled her chances of turning out for the Cyclones this season.
“It was really painful, but I didn't know what it was. I'd never really had a major injury before,” Brady said.
Despite the immediate pain Brady admits she thought she was a chance of continuing through the championships.
“I was probably in denial,” Brady said.
“It was my last nationals tournament. It was my sixth tournament and I was captain for the first time by myself.
“I think a part of me, being captain, didn't want to let the girls down and not play.”
In what appeared to be a positive, the pain in Brady's knee subsided after about two minutes, there was no swelling and she walked off court, albeit assisted.
Brady was still hopeful of continuing in the tournament, however, after consultation with a specialist the following day, she received the news she was dreading.
“(The specialist) looked at it and he said it was a grade four – a complete rupture,” she said.
“It was detached and that explained how the pain stopped because it wasn't attached anymore.”
Brady said she still wanted to continue on in the tournament, but was realistically no chance.
“I still had a bit of hope, but they sat me down with my parents and told me ... that was the worst part. Hearing the confirmation that I wasn't able to play,” she said.
“When I got back to our accommodation and I was by myself, then it hit me – there goes my Cyclones season.
“It was something I was really looking forward to. After a couple of years training I really wanted to play for home. That was a hard part.” Following her surgery six weeks ago, Brady is firmly on the road to recovery and has her sights on suiting up for the Cyclones in 2012.