Tonia Fielke suffers third ACL injury

Competing: Tonia Fielke (second from left) competes for the ball while playing for Christies Beach Football Club. Photo: Supplied.
Competing: Tonia Fielke (second from left) competes for the ball while playing for Christies Beach Football Club. Photo: Supplied.

South Adelaide Football Club's Tonia Fielke has revealed she will not make a return to the SANFLW after suffering her third ACL injury in her comeback game against Woodville-West Torrens.

Chatting to On the Coast, Tonia said she was absolutely devastated when it happened, being so associated with this type of injury she knew what had happened straight away.

"I just couldn't believe it had happened to my other knee, on my come back game, after so many people had worked so hard for the year to get me back out with the girls.

"Scans on Monday confirmed what I and the doctor had suspected with my third ACL tear," she said.

"I have come to terms with being sidelined for another season with the girls and although disappointing, there are people in much worse positions in the world."

Tonia now plans to begin another rehabilitation journey with her CrossFit Coach, who helped her through the last year long process.

Back to rehab: Tonia Fielke will go back to doing rehabilitation for her knee but will not make a return to football.

Back to rehab: Tonia Fielke will go back to doing rehabilitation for her knee but will not make a return to football.

While it is clear Tonia still has a passion for the game she has made the decision to not play again, instead opting to continue helping out at the club on game days and to start learning about coaching - a path she hopes to one day explore.

Tonia thanked the club and club doctor, Michael Thurling for the support she has received during this time.

"He (Michael Thurling) treated me on the day and then called quickly as soon as scans came through.

"My teammates, support staff and coaches at South have all been very supportive offering to help and keep me involved in any way that they can."

South Adelaide currently sit second on the ladder with five wins and one loss.