Corletto reveals extent of her pain

Julie Corletto’s tale of courage, determination and bravery will go down in Australian netball history.

Corletto revealed the true extent of her harrowing story on Thursday night on Fox Footy, telling AFL 360 hosts Gerard Whateley and Mark Robinson that she used to cry herself to sleep in pain.

The star defender went into the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 with a stress reaction in her foot and was managed through the tournament by coach Lisa Alexander and the Diamonds medical staff.

But 20 seconds into the second quarter of the Gold Medal match against New Zealand, Corletto heard a crack in her foot and realised she had snapped it.

“It didn’t really feel good at the time; it was pretty painful,” Corletto said. “I took a few deep breaths, I looked at bench and at the time. It hurt so much but I wanted to continue on and I remember saying myself `just toughen up and get through it, you’ve got one more game to go’.”

She kept the injury a secret from everyone except Australian team doctor Sophie Armstrong at the half-time break.

“I asked her to inject it (foot) again because I wanted to stay out there, keep playing and I knew the coach would take me off if I wasn’t performing,” Corletto said.

“I wanted to see what I could do for the country. I loved everytime I pulled on the green and gold and I was just happy to be out there.

“Watching the replay (of the Grand Final), for a while I was hobbling around on my right foot but the adrenalin got me through I think.”

The 28-year-old has battled injuries over her stellar career and said her body was constantly telling her this season it was the right time to retire from international netball and the ANZ Championship.

“I started having surgery on my knees back in 2009 and I got told in 2010 that I might not be able to play again at this level,” Corletto said.

“From then on it’s been a hard battle getting up to play every weekend. Pretty much every day after training I drove home and cried myself to sleep.

“I woke myself up in the middle of the night crying so I knew it was my time.”

Only her immediate family knew of the pain Corletto was putting herself through to get out on court for the NSW Swifts every week.

“I tried to hide that from the girls throughout the season so none of my teammates or coaches saw that (because) I kept that to myself,” she said.

“My family obviously knew it, so that’s why it was a special moment to share that win in front of my family and friends who have supported me throughout my whole career.”