Crows women’s team co-captain Chelsea Randall is looking at the 2020 glass as half-full.
Despite suffering a season-ending ACL rupture on her right knee, and the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Randall says she is “learning a lot” this year.
“It was challenging, watching from the sidelines,” Randall told AFC Media.
“(But) having a purpose and having a different role, alongside Andrew McLeod… I’m forever learning off those guys.”
A three-time All Australian defender, Randall wanted to hone her understanding of the game in another section of the oval.
“The easy option would have been to go through defense,” she said.
“But I wanted to learn a different area, so I jumped in the midfield role with Andrew McLeod.”
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With the Club closed due to the pandemic, Randall has had to rely on a close-knit support group to keep her rehabilitation going.
“It’s been tough, not having access to the Club,” Randall said.
“I’m so fortunate my physio, Alex (McVeigh), has poured a lot of time and effort into my program… Warwick Raymond, Sean Baker, I can’t thank those guys enough for what they're doing for me.
“(And) it can definitely help having other teammates who have been through the same.”
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Coincidentally, Randall says her household alone has overcome eight ACL injuries between them - three for Marijana Rajcic, two for Renee Forth, one for herself and two for Koda (Randall’s dog).
“Rehab is coming along really well,” Randall said.
“I’ve got the same size quadricep on both legs, it’s been a few months in the making trying to get the same size muscle.
“And I’m running now, which is fantastic.”