13 Jun 2017

Steel to go ahead with netball match despite car crash

1:30 pm on 13 June 2017

The Southern Steel will go ahead with their ANZ premiership netball match in Christchurch tomorrow night despite several players being involved in a car crash.

The Steel team van with six players on board rolled in Christchurch yesterday when it was struck by another vehicle.

Four players were taken to hospital and while three were released yesterday with minor injuries, captain Wendy Frew needed elbow and leg surgey and is due to be released later today.

Southern Steel captain Wendy Frew will play her 150th game for the franchise.

Wendy Frew is confident she will be back on court in "no time". Photo: Photosport

Steel chief executive Lana Winders says they have called in repalcements for tomorrow night's match.

"No team plans to be dealing with an emergency incident like this but we are in a position to present a team tomorrow because of the commitment of our players and the depth in our development ranks," she said.

Midcourter Shannon Francois and shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid sustained minor injuries and were released on Mondayas was shooter Te Paea Selby-Rickit who suffered a rib injury.

The Steel lead physiotherapist Corina Ngatuere said player recovery would be "gauged day by day" and remained the team's top priority.

"No decisions have been made regarding player availability for future games and won't be until we are further through the recovery process," she said.

Frew though is adamant she will be "back on the court in no time".

"We are united together and this won't stop us," she said.

"It's like a nightmare - it's such an awful, scary experience to be involved in for all of us. But we are a strong team and a strong franchise and we will get through it together. We've just got to look forward."