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Frew hopes to fire in netball final

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/06/2017 Cathy Walshe

Wendy Frew is determined it will take a lot more than an ill-timed car crash and 70-odd stitches to keep her from Wednesday's national netball premiership final against Central Pulse.

The Southern Steel skipper has been sidelined for the last two weeks after needing surgery when her team's van was involved in a collision at a Christchurch intersection.

Of the four players taken to hospital, only Frew and goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit are still in doubt for the Pulse clash in Invercargill.

If it was up Frew, she'd be on court, stitches notwithstanding. As it is, the evergreen wing defence and Selby-Rickit are both under strict medical scrutiny as they chase match fitness.

"A rehab programme is in place for Te Paea and I - each day we have new challenges we have to achieve, and we've been ticking those off so far," she told NZ Newswire.

"Obviously we want to be out there, but at the end of the day it's a medical decision."

Unbeaten all season, the Steel have shown the depth of their squad in winning their last two matches with a depleted team.

The last one, a 13-goal round-robin win over the Pulse 10 days ago, was particularly encouraging ahead of Wednesday's rematch in the grand final.

The Steel have proven unstoppable all season, their only near-hiccup coming in their 68-67 defeat of Northern Mystics earlier this month.

But Frew says, whether she plays or not, there's no risk the Steel will be taking the Pulse lightly, not after their display in beating the Mystics 59-52 in the elimination final three days ago.

"They're really strong throughout the whole court, and they really took it to the Mystics in that fourth quarter," the 32-year-old wing defence said.

"They're all doing their jobs well - their defensive unit is working really well, and the attack end have got some great play going on.

"We know we're going to have to bring our A game if we're going to win."

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