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Kelsey Griffin’s blood was on the field. It was smeared all over her face as her eye began to swell. All a by-product of the Canberra Capitals star’s burning desire to win every moment. But now coach Paul Goriss admits she’s likely to be out “of this week’s return match as she awaits scans of a possible broken nose. Griffin’s round of play ended prematurely when the Capitals came back to open their WNBL campaign with a 58-55 victory over the Sydney Flames in the Sydney Super Dome on Sunday. Now the capitals are sweating on the fitness of both Griffin and Tahlia Tupaea, who sustained yet another shoulder injury early ahead of this week’s round two showdown against Sydney at the Canberra National Convention Center. Griffin hit the hardwood after a collision with former teammate Keely Froling with 67 seconds left, forced off the field, but not before sending a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. MORE SPORT “She’s on her way back to Canberra now and she’s going to check in with our team doctor as soon as she gets back to Canberra,” Goriss said. “She gets some scans on her nose, cheek and head. It’s too early to say. I will say [potentially] a broken nose, but whether there are other injuries, I do not know. She’s obviously in a bit of pain and there was a lot of blood. “Griffin and Tupaea will be assessed in the coming days before Goriss calls about whether the pair will make it to the Flames on Sunday, with Tupaea suffering another shoulder drop.” It’s the same AC joint she’s been hit in. Normally she’s okay after she’s got it kicked and she can play through it, but like I said to her, “it’s first match,” Goriss said. “If you are not mentally and physically ready to play, let’s just put the queue in the rack. She would at least give it a try. With her toughness she went out there again, but I thought we were better off doing it right purely medically and she can get it checked out after the match. “It’s a marathon this season. We do not want to put people in danger of being out of season if we act too fast. “The Capitals were behind by nine at the break, but they cut that deficit to just two on their way into the final quarter – and as the match hung in a balance, Canberra’s stars were in line.American import Britt Sykes forced turnovers and led all goal scorers by 16 points, Griffin pulled down rebounds, Kelly Wilson orchestrated the attack and Jade Melbourne fought against triple defenders.When Griffin fell, Canberra was ahead “but a Lauren Mansfield three saw the hosts draw within one within the last 30 seconds. Two Mikaela Ruef free throws pushed the Capitals three points ahead and then she came with a block on the final game to secure the rough victory.” It took us just half a year to get used to playing against the press. They tried to get us to play a little faster and I think the second half played a little bit better and broke the press a few times, “Goriss said.” The snout, the fight and the toughness of our group is that we know , that we can recover from these deficits. We can be adaptable and make changes. Pressing the whole match takes its toll, and it required early on that we offensively just try to get any kind of rhythm and be able to execute. “In the second half, when we broke the press, we were more offensively attacking. It is the slim [Sykes] was great to be able to get on the rim. Kelsey was much better in the second half getting on the field. “Those few things in the second half really helped open the game up for us. We were a lot more confident after we broke the press.” OVERVIEW WNBL Round 1: CANBERRA CAPITALS 58 (Brittney Sykes 16, Kelsey Griffin 12, Alicia Froling 8) bt SYDNEY FLAMES 55 (Stephanie Watts 16, Keely Froling 13, Lauren Mansfield 11) at the Sydney Super Dome. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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