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The Geelong Lady Supercats have been a dealt a blow just three weeks before the start of the 2013 SEABL season.
Captain Kylie Morrissy has announced that she will not be suiting up this year after undergoing a second knee surgery in six months. Struggling with injury in the latter part of the 2012, Morrissy went under the knife in October 2012 to get cartilage cleaned out, and had the same procedure again just last week.
“There was a lot of damage to my knee from previous injuries, and they ended up having to remove my Lateral Meniscus. There’s a high risk that I’ll develop arthritis later in life and playing SEABL this year would really accelerate that. SEABL is a big commitment in terms of training and I didnt want to play if I couldn’t put 100% into it,” said Morrissy. “It wouldn’t be fair to the team.
Kylie was one of the first announcements to be made of players returning to the group for the 2013 season, alongside leadership group Candice Rogers, Cortney Williamson and Emily Koroneos. An announcement on who will step up to take the role of captaincy, as well as a fourth member to be added to the leadership group as a replacement, will be made over the coming weeks.
Morrissy said the support she had received from the team after informing them of her decision on the weekend has been overwhelming. “The girls have obviously watched me struggle with this injury for some time, and while they were upset for me they were very understanding. I will still be keeping in close contact – I may be taking a step away from basketball, but I am not stepping away from my friends.”
Head coach Paul O’Brien said it was a significant loss, not only for the team, but for Kylie on a personal level. “There is nothing more tragic for a player who has dedicated their life to the sport they love than when they are forced to retire on terms that are not what they had envisioned.
“Kylie is a fantastic player. There is no doubt in my mind that if she had not suffered the knee injury she did some years ago, Morrissy would have made a significant impact in the WNBL.
“In terms of the team itself for 2013, I feel that we have recruited very well this year, and our depth around the position Kylie plays goes quite deep. It will be an opportunity for a young player such as Ebony Rolph to step up and develop with more playing time behind players like Sara Blicavs, Alex Duck, Bianca Cheever. The true loss of Morrissy to the team is more in the intangibles – her leadership, selflessness and example that she set for the players,” said O’Brien.
Kylie Morrissy was a member of the Geelong Cats 2010 Big V State Championship Women’s side that took out the banner before the Supercats were entered in to the SEABL in 2011. Kylie led the team all the way to the 2012 SEABL East Conference Grand Final in just their second year in the competition.
A presentation will be made to Kylie on the first home game of the 2013 season.