Melbourne Vixens shooter, Emma Ryde has been sidelined for the Suncorp Super Netball season with a fracture of the right knee.
Ryde will undergo an initial recovery phase under the guidance of club medical staff before commencing rehab with club Strength and Conditioning Coach, Stuart Mitchell, with the Vixens and VIS continuing to service Ryde as she begins her return to the court.
Samantha Gooden has been named as a Permanent Replacement Player for the upcoming season as Ryde continues her recovery.
No stranger to the Vixens environment, the Victorian based shooter progressed through the Netball Victoria pathway and was named a Melbourne Vixens Training Partner in 2016. In 2017, she joined the Magpies Netball as a Training Partner, continuing her pursuit in a high-performance setting.
Melbourne Vixens Head Coach, Simone McKinnis OAM expressed sympathy for Emma who has taken to the court seven times in her time at the club.
“I really feel for Emma. She has worked extremely hard this pre-season and was ready to make an impact on the Suncorp Super Netball stage,” said McKinnis.
“Emma will remain as part of our squad this season and we will continue to support her throughout her recovery.
“We are delighted to welcome Sam back to the Vixens. We believe she is the next best shooter in Victoria and we’re looking forward to adding her to the Vixens line up in 2018.
“The Magpies have been really supportive of the opportunity for Sam and it’s great that we have so many opportunities in Victoria for young, developing athletes to work towards playing at the elite level.
“With one week to go until round 1, it’s business as usual and the entire squad is ready to hit the court hard in preparation.”
Gooden will begin training with the Vixens on Monday as preparations continue for the round 1 match against Magpies Netball.