Victory at a price...

Even before the first jump ball in the tournament, Guard Renae Camino, who had been an important player for the Australians at the FIBA U-19 World Championships earlier this year, suffered an injury to her Anterior Cruciate Ligament during training and returned immediately to Australia. The Australians were forced to play the series with an eleven player roster.

During the last game of the three-match tournament, guard Alicia Poto left the court with a knee injury, which it is predicted will see her sidelined for an extended period and in the same game Jae Cross was assisted from the court with a back spasm after being wrong footed in guarding New Zealand's Angela Marino.

Not that the Tall Ferns escaped injury free. Noni Wharemate did not take part in the final game because of injury.

The three match 2005 FIBA Oceania Championships, played in three different North Island cities in New Zealand, when combined with a demanding schedule of travel, training and playing, has taken its toll on everyone involved in the series, most importantly the players. Several will be looking forward to a few days of rest, recuperation and medical treatment before they commence their 2005-06 commitments with their club teams.


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