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Injury setback for Australian netballers

22 July 2002

World and Commonwealth netball champions Australia have suffered another injury setback with star Catherine Cox spraining an ankle during training.

Catherine Cox

Catherine Cox will be hoping to recover for Australia's first games against Barbados

Goal-circle star Cox, renowned for her accurate shooting from long range, is unlikely to partake in Australia’s practice game against Canada at the MEN Arena on 24 July.

She is able to run lightly and is expected to be fit to play if needed in Australia’s first match against Barbados on Saturday 27 July, the second day of the netball competition.

Cox and goal keeper Liz Ellis were sidelined from national league competition with a bout of food poisoning before leaving Australia, while captain Kathryn Harby-Williams suffered a virus which delayed her departure by two days.

Harby-Williams, whose team moved into the Athletes Village on Sunday, said the injuries had not significantly disrupted the side’s preparation and issued a strong message to Australia’s Commonwealth Games rivals.

“We’re in full training and are raring to go,” she said.

“We have come here with one goal in mind and that is to win a gold medal. Anything less than that, we would be disappointed with.”

The Australian team arrived in Wales on Sunday 14 July and trained there for a week against the Australian Institute of Sport, simulating a Commonwealth Games schedule and environment.

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