by Jordan Witte
After suffering what seemed to be an innocuous knock during a contest on Monday night in the A1 competition, scans have confirmed that 17-year-old Heidi Macuz has suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and will require surgery to fix the injury.
The injury was confirmed by an MRI on Wednesday morning, and will likely require a full reconstruction. The recovery is likely to take Macuz out of the game for the standard 12 months.
In positive news, the ligaments surrounding the knee, including the posterior cruciate ligament, the medial and lateral collateral ligaments, and the menisci, are undamaged, meaning Macuz’s recovery will be solely focused on re-strengthening the ACL.
The young goal attack/goal shooter, who plays in Division 4 on Tuesday nights, had enjoyed a strong start to the season, with her team winning two of their first five games to stay in touch with the top four and a spot in the finals.
Macuz had played a pivotal role in the squad’s success, with her pinpoint movement and accurate shooting a mainstay for both her attacking partner and her midcourt.
She has performed at a consistent level for Metro since crossing from Park Panthers/Central Lynx, where she won a Perpetual Trophy for winning her squad’s best & fairest by the largest amount of votes, club wide, at 14 years of age.
“It’s killing me to know I have to sit on the sidelines for 12 months, but I’ll do everything I can to ensure I can recover properly,” Macuz said on Friday.
There will be no shortage of resources for the youngest Macuz to employ, with her Division 4 teammate Megg Ryan having recovered from two ACL reconstructions in her netball career, one at 18 years of age, and again five years later, at 23 years of age.
All the best to Heidi in her recovery!