Maddy Proud has etched her name in NSW Swifts folklore after it emerged she led her team to Super Netball grand glory despite the “excruciating” pain of a broken rib.
Proud, the Swifts’ co-captain, suffered the injury in a collision with Matilda McDonell in the semi-final against GWS Giants, but refused to let it sideline her for the decider.
Instead, Proud took the week off training to rest the injury and had a painkilling injection moments before heading out onto court on Saturday afternoon, before helping her side to a 63-59 victory over the Giants.
Proud said she was determined not to miss this year’s grand final after an ACL injury ruled her out of the 2019 decider, when the Swifts also took out the title.
Proud, who has a history of concussion, was initially more concerned she had taken another knock to the head before realising she had seriously injured her rib.
“It wasn’t until a little bit after that, I was sore straight after and thought, hang on; this doesn’t feel quite right. Shortly afterwards, I could barely move once the adrenaline of the game all went away,” she told the Herald.
The 27-year-old said she originally refused to even get an X-ray after the incident, fearing she would be told she could not play in the decider.
“I said to Vicki, our physio, ‘I’m not getting this X-ray because I don’t want to know if there’s anything that can come out of this that’s going to stop me from playing in the grand final’. I said I’d rather just not know and play through pain,” she said.