Hertfordshire Mavericks rocked by season-ending injury to mid-court star

PUBLISHED: 10:26 01 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:34 01 April 2016

Joline Johansson. Picture courtesy of Herts Mavericks/Christian Trampenau/FTF Worldwide

Joline Johansson. Picture courtesy of Herts Mavericks/Christian Trampenau/FTF Worldwide

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Hertfordshire Mavericks have been rocked by news that Joline Johansson will miss the rest of the Netball Superleague season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury during training.

The midcourter has been a revelation since arriving at the Hatfield-based side from her native New Zealand in the off-season, featuring in every game this campaign before last weekend’s double header against Team Northumbria and Loughborough Lightning due to the then undiagnosed injury.

Mavericks currently sit joint top of the league, level with Manchester Thunder who they face away from home tomorrow (Saturday).

In a statement published on the club’s website, head coach Sam Bird said: “I’m desperately sad for Joline as she has given up so much to come and play for us.

“She is an inspirational player to work with on every level. In a relatively short time, Joline has had a huge impact on our club from players, volunteers and staff, to our fans, sponsors and the league itself. Our entire Mavericks family wish her a solid recovery from this unfortunate injury.”

She added: “Joline will be staying on with us and attending our training sessions and matches - her influence and knowledge remain an invaluable part of our campaign this year. Both Joline and the entire team of players and coaches remain fully focussed on our goal of, first, finishing in the best possible position for playoffs and ultimately winning the league.”


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