INJURED Melbourne Vixens star Madi Robinson remains on track for a Round 1 return next season as she continues her recovery from a season-ending knee injury.
The midcourt playmaker required a knee reconstruction after suffering the injury in the Vixens’ Round 6 loss to West Coast Fever.
Not only did it cut short Robinson’s ANZ Championship season, but also ended her dreams of representing Australia at the Netball World Cup in Sydney.
But Robinson is six months into her recovery and said her surgeon Julian Feller is pleased how the 27-year-old is tracking to be ready to go for day one of the Vixens’ pre-season training in January.
“Everything is going to plan,” Robinson said.
“I’ve got a little bit of soreness around the front of my knee but, according to everyone, that’s really quite normal. But every time I’ve seen the surgeon he’s been super happy with my progress and where I’m at.
“If you look at a silver lining, I do have that full 12 months (recovery) which is good. There’s no rushing back or pushing to come back earlier than I need.
“So at this point in time everything is looking really good and the plan is to make sure I’m ready to go in January to do a full pre-season with the team.”
Robinson is determined to help return the Vixens to the Australian Conference Finals in 2016 after the 2014 champions missed the post-season action for the first time in four seasons this year.
“It was disappointing for a lot of the girls to not be in the finals. It’s not like the Vixens to not be in there so I think there is definitely that added motivation,” Robinson declared.
“It’s a different looking team as well. I know we’ve only got two new players in and two out but it changes the whole dynamic of the group with the experience that we have lost.
“I’m so excited at our potential to see where it goes and I know all the girls will be hungry to get out there and make sure we are in the finals once again.”
Robinson is also excited about the prospect of taking to the court for the first time with her sister Kelsey Browne in 2016.
When Robinson went down with injury, it was Browne who was called in as her replacement for the remainder of the season and showed enough in her six appearances to earn a full-time contract next year.
Laura and Natalie von Bertouch (Adelaide Thunderbirds) and Alicia and Josie Janz (West Coast Fever) are the only sisters to have played for an Australian team in the ANZ Championship.
“It’s something we’ve been talking about for many years; will it happen? When will it happen? Will it ever happen? So there’s an opportunity there now,” Robinson said.
“We’ll see what the future holds. “I’ve just got to make sure I get my body right and I’m ready and raring to go. But I’m looking forward to it.”
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