Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
National senior netball representative, Kimone Tulloch, has been ruled out of action for over a year after damaging her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee during the semi-final of the Intercollegiate Championships last November.
Tulloch picked up the injury after colliding with a player from G.C. Foster College, while representing The Mico University. The versatile player has been receiving physiotherapy since picking up the injury, but was uncertain of its nature. However, due to the constant pain, she did tests recently which confirmed that she had in fact damaged her ACL.
She told The Gleaner that she will be using her time away from the sport to re-examine her overall game.
"It is not really devastating, because I had planned to take a break from the national (team)," said Tulloch.
"I love netball, but I guess too much of one thing is not good, because the game is somewhat not fun any more and sometimes I don't have the drive to play the sport," Tulloch said.
"I still want to play for the national (team) in the future, but this injury has allowed me to take a break from the game, and also to assess my game going forward," said Tulloch.
"I also want to make sure that whenever I return to the game I will be at my optimum best," she said.
Tulloch had her first big test for Jamaica in 2010, when she played at Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, where the team placed fourth.
The 22-year-old Tulloch, who plays wing attack and wing defence, is in her final year at The Mico University, where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Education.
"I plan to do my master's degree right after I finish my degree at Mico," said Tulloch, who last represented the Sunshine Girls in a three-Test home series against South Africa in August last year.
The Sunshine Girls slipped one place to fourth, behind England, in the latest International Federation of Netball Associations rankings released last month.
Australia are ranked ahead of New Zealand, and Tulloch stated the Sunshine Girls have a lot of catching up to do if they are to reclaim third spot.
"The team that we have now is pretty young and I am not sure that we will be able to get back that third spot any time soon," she said. "Teams that are above us are pretty strong, and the ones that are below us are also getting stronger too, and so it is going to be tough for us to get back third spot."