ELISE Coventry’s AFLW season is over before it begins after suffering a serious knee injury in Geelong’s practice match win over Carlton at IKON Park on Saturday.
Scans have confirmed the 34-year-old, who made the move from netball ahead of the Cats entry into the VFL in 2017, suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in an incident late in the first quarter.
Flynn played 30 games across 2017-18 before Geelong used pick No.55 in the AFLW draft in October to give the 34-year-old an opportunity.
“We are all disappointed for Elise, a talented footballer and even better person,” Geelong AFLW Coach Paul Hood said.
“It’s a credit to Elise, the way in which she has handled the past few days. Our entire AFLW group, and the club as a whole will throw our support behind her as she begins her rehab and recovery program.”
MEANWHILE, midfield star Richelle Cranston looks set to miss the Geelong’s historic first game against Collingwood on February 2 after being offered a two-week suspension over an incident during the clash with the Blues.
Cranston was charged by the AFL’s Match Review with rough conduct against Sarah Hosking with the incident assessed as careless conduct with high impact to the head.
The Cats have until 11am Wednesday to either decide whether they’ll accept or challenge the offer.