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Steel skipper Frew describes crash horror

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/06/2017

Southern Steel have released the names of their injured players involved in a road accident in Christchurch which left captain Wendy Frew requiring surgery.

Steel management confirmed their match against Mainland Tactix will go ahead on Wednesday night despite the accident on Monday in which their van was involved in a collision at an intersection. The van, with six players on board, ended on its side.

Chief executive Lana Winders says the unbeaten national premiership side will call in replacement players as needed, with an injured group of four still being assessed.

Veteran midcourter Frew, who described the accident as "a nightmare" underwent surgery to repair injuries to her elbow and leg.

She was expected to be discharged from Christchurch Hospital later on Tuesday.

Two Silver Ferns - shooter Te Paea Selby-Rickit and midcourter Shannon Francois - were also admitted to A and E on Monday, along with star Jamaican shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid.

Francois and Fowler-Reid suffered minor injuries and were released soon after admission. Selby-Rickit stayed longer after receiving treatment for a rib injury.

Frew says the accident was a horrific experience for she and her team-mates.

"It's like a nightmare - it's such an awful, scary experience to be involved in for all of us," she said.

"But we are a strong team and a strong franchise and we will get through it together. We've just got to look forward."

Winders says the Steel, who are already guaranteed to host the final later this month, confirmed they will have enough fit players to field a team in Christchurch.

"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.

"Our tagline has always been 'made of Steel' - now we get to prove it."

Steel physiotherapist Corina Ngatuere says a decision is still to be made about the return date for any of the affected players.

She can't say if any will take the court on Wednesday.

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