ANZ Premiership: Southern Steel star shooter George Fisher suffers season-ending knee injury

George Fisher.
George Fisher. Photo credit: Getty Images

The Southern Steel have been dealt a massive blow to their 2023 ANZ Premiership campaign, with star shooter George Fisher ruled out for the season with a knee injury.

The England international ruptured her ACL during the Steel's preseason clash with the NSW Swifts at Invercargill on Sunday.

It's a huge setback for the Steel, who are looking to win their first title since 2018, and for Fisher's Netball World Cup aspirations for the Red Roses.

But she remains determined to overcome her first serious career injury and is backing her Steel teammates to respond without her.

"It's very tough news. It is going to be hard but I'm just taking it one day at a time and seeing how my body deals with everything," she said.

"This is my first major injury - I have had little niggles here and there but nothing like this. The reality is when you play sport you always know that injury is a very present risk.

"Right now my main focus is just walking again! I will be setting small goals along the line that are maintainable and achievable.

"I have full faith in my team and know they will be amazing. I'm just gutted I won't be able to play

alongside them this year. Unfortunately for them, I'll still be there cheering along.

"I have an amazing support team here with the girls and my family at home in England are always calling to chat. 

"My partner [Southland Sharks basketballer Brayden Inger] has also been a huge help with running around after me and quite literally carrying me around."

The Steel will play the Northern Mystics in the ANZ Premiership season-opener at Auckland's Trusts Arena on March 4.