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McMahon is back

Ben Carbonaro
Wednesday February 1, 2012

Sharelle McMahon returned to the netball court last night. (Photo Credit: Simon Leonard Photography)
Sharelle McMahon returned to the netball court last night.
Photo courtesy of Simon Leonard Photography

Australian Diamonds goal attack Sharelle McMahon made her long awaited to return to competitive netball last night.

Taking to the court for Melbourne Vixens in a pre-season match against Victorian Netball League team Boroondara Genesis, she moved freely before being replaced at half-time.

“It was nice to be back out on court after a fairly long pre-season and rehab for me,” she said after the match at Melbourne’s State Netball Hockey Centre.

“The first match back for the team is always a little bit rusty, but there were a lot of good signs tonight.”

The Vixens are playing a series of matches against last year’s top four finishers from the VNL competition across consecutive Wednesday nights this month.

Scores in these matches are virtually irrelevant, as Vixens coach Julie Hoornweg looks to experiment with new combinations and develop on court cohesion.

Last night was the first competitive hit-out for the Vixens, but McMahon is unsure what sort of role she will play across these matches.

“We’ll just see what the future holds,” she said.

“My Achilles has recovered well, I’m extremely happy to be back on court but I guess we’ll just wait and see.”

The Vixens next opponent is Monash University Central at the same venue next Wednesday night at 6pm (AEDST).

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