Isa out for the season

The Luina Geelong Supercats worst fears were realised yesterday with confirmation that Isa Brancatisano had ruptured her Achilles Tendon.

Isa spoke with Nick Wade of the Geelong Advertiser.

Isa Brancatisano knew straight away she was in trouble.

The Geelong Lady Supercats guard was taking off for a dribble on Saturday night against Kilsyth when her right achilles tendon gave way and she collapsed to the court. Scans confirmed the obvious suspicions — a rupture of the tendon — and the 23-year-old will go under the knife today after meeting with her surgeon yesterday. It is hoped she will be back on the court within nine months, avoiding the dreaded 12-18-month lay-off that can accompany such a serious injury.

“I realised straight away,” Brancatisano said yesterday. “It’s like a weird popping feeling. I knew as soon as I did it that it wasn’t good. And then as I got helped off the court, I tried to put my foot down and it was just floating. “I’ve had tendinitis in my achilles in the past, but I’ve never had an injury bad enough to keep me out of the game, so this is a new experience for me.”

“This is completely new. I’ve been very fortunate in the past. How many years of sport — 15? — and this is my first real injury.” Lady Supercats coach David Herbert was quick to ensure Brancatisano was not lost to the team this year, offering her a position on the extending coaching panel to keep her involved while she begins the long rehab process. “Everyone has been really good,’’ she said.

“I’ve seriously got a great support crew around me. I’m very lucky. “I’m excited for the girls, hopefully they can make finals and I’ve got an assistant coaching role now. “Herbie said, ‘Are you ready to sit on the bench and be an assistant coach?, and I said, ‘Sure’.” And what does she hope to bring to the coaching front?

“Keep the girls laughing, having a good time,” she said.