There was a tinge on envy inside Madi Robinson as she watched the Netball World Cup gold medals being placed around the necks of her jubilant Australian teammates in Sydney.
It wasn’t that the star midcourter begrudged any of the 12 their moment of glory; it’s just that Robinson wished she was standing beside them on winner’s dais being lauded as world champions.
The 27-year-old’s dreams of playing in the Netball World Cup ended when she suffered a season-ending knee injury during the ANZ Championship season.
While the injury was forced into the role as spectator in Sydney, Robinson said she was excited to watch many of her good friends retain Australia’s status as the world champions and emulate the feats of the 1991 squad.
“At the time – and even now – it’s not having that medal or being able to play. It’s about celebrating it (victory) with those girls because a lot of them are my best friends and I’ve gone through a lot with them.
“But it was great to be part of it and have a little bit of involvement and be there to celebrate and congratulate all the girls.
“Of course I would have loved to have played. The hardest thing for me, not so much calling myself a world champion, would have been not being able to share that experience with them.”
It’s been six months since Robinson underwent a knee reconstruction and said her rehab is progressing smoothly with the aim of being ready to start day one of the Melbourne Vixens’ pre-season training in January.
“Everything is going to plan,” Robinson said.
“I’ve got a little bit of soreness around the front of my knee but, according to everyone, that’s really quite normal. But every time I’ve seen the surgeon he’s been super happy with my progress and where I’m at.
“If you look at a silver lining, I do have that full 12 months (recovery) which is good. There’s no rushing back or pushing to come back earlier than I need.
“So at this point in time everything is looking really good and the plan is to make sure I’m ready to go in January to do a full pre-season with the team.”
Robinson is also excited about the prospect of being joined on court by younger sister Kelsey Browne at the Vixens in 2016.
When Robinson went down with injury, it was Browne who was called in as her replacement for the remainder of the season and showed enough in her six appearances to earn a full-time contract next year.
“It’s something we’ve been talking about for many years; will it happen? When will it happen? Will it ever happen? So there’s an opportunity there now,” Robinson said.
“We’ll see what the future holds. “I’ve just got to make sure I get my body right and I’m ready and raring to go. But I’m looking forward to it.”