Light duties but Demon Pearce desperate to play AFLW prelim

Daisy Pearce remained on light duties at Melbourne training on Tuesday night but the Demons captain has not given up hope of returning from injury in Saturday’s AFLW preliminary final against Adelaide in Adelaide.

Pearce, arguably the highest-profile player in the women’s game, missed the Dees’ qualifying final win over Fremantle having hurt her medial collateral ligament in the round nine game against the Brisbane Lions.

Daisy Pearce trains on Tuesday nightCredit:Simon Schluter

But a line has not been put through Pearce’s season. The veteran is pulling out all stops in a bid to play a role in her side’s quest for a maiden AFLW premiership, relocating from Bright for the time being in order to be closer to the club’s high-performance staff and facilities.

Wth her right knee strapped, Pearce, 32, went through her paces under lights at Gosch’s Paddock away from the rest of the Dees’ group, monitored closely by three of the club’s fitness staff.

While she did not take part in the main body of the session, Pearce looked relatively unlaboured as she kicked, marked, leapt and ran. She was on the oval for around 45 minutes before leaving well before the end of the session.

The club is likely to give Pearce until Thursday to prove her fitness, however the decision will ultimately be out of her hands.

She told Channel 10 she was trying everything to make sure she could play against the Crows.

“I’ve been able to progress it … which is positive,” Pearce said.

“I’ll just be doing whatever I can each day.

Daisy PearceCredit:Simon Schluter

“[I need to show that I can] get through all the elements of the movement, the things you might come across in a game.”

Meanwhile Dees ruck Lauren Pearce was also on light duties at training but the club said this was no cause for alarm.

Elsewhere, Greater Western Sydney’s Irishwoman Brid Stack is weighing up whether to return to AFLW in 2022 after a neck fracture ended her maiden season before it began.

Stack was hurt in a controversial tackle by Adelaide’s Ebony Marinoff in a pre-season match.

“I am privileged and honoured to have been offered another contract. My Giants teammates have spent the last few days attempting to sway me to return next year but I’m not sure what my next move will be,” Stack told the Irish Examiner.

“Any decision around my future here will be made in its own good time but, for now, I’m just so grateful to the club for the opportunity, and so proud of myself to have dealt with the varying circumstances I found myself in.

“It didn’t work out as I had planned but I have made peace with that frustration. I have no regrets. I trained harder than I’ve ever trained before in my life. I put myself under pressure to try and make everything work.

“When I look back on it all now, I realise that even me putting myself in a position to get out here was making it work in the first place.”

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