BRISBANE – Star Jamaican netballer Romelda Aiken is in a race against time to be fit for the ANZ Championship after being scheduled for another round of surgery on a broken hand.
The Queensland Firebirds ace had her right hand operated on in Kingston in October after breaking it during a practice match for her national side.
The expected six-week recovery period has elapsed but the bone has not healed and Aiken will have it reset tomorrow at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital.
The 6 foot 5 inch Aiken will be out of action for another six weeks. However Queensland coach Roselee Jencke is confident the high quality shooter will not miss the start of the new season in March.
“It’s frustrating for both Romelda and the team, however she will return to full contact training with the rest of the squad early in 2013,” Jencke said.
“We’ve been told her hand will be in a splint for one month, in which time she can still run, and contact work can begin after six weeks.”
The Firebirds open the new season at home against the Southern Steel on March 23.
Apart from Aiken and compatriot Carla Borrego, very few of West Indian origin have played in the league.
The ANZ championship is the major netball league in the world with competition held annually between April and July and some 69 matches played over a four-month period. Five teams each from Australia and New Zealand make up the league. †