The day Sharelle stood up on her `dodgey’ ankle

2007 Netball World Championship Pool B - Australia v SamoaAt the end of regulation time in the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medal play-off, Australian star Sharelle McMahon could hardly walk.

An ankle injury she suffered in Australia’s round match against Jamaica was giving her grief and, with the final against New Zealand heading for extra time, McMahon wasn’t sure she’d be able to get back out on court and help her teammates.

Fortunately she did – with the help of an impromptu motivational message from teammate Eloise Southby – to spearhead Australia to a memorable victory over the Silver Ferns in double extra time.2000 SouthMcM (Netball VIC)

McMahon and teammate Nicole Richardson had both suffered ankle injuries against Jamaica but around-the-clock treatment ensured both were ready to go for the Final.

“We were literally setting our alarms to wake up and ice our ankles every two hours,” McMahon said.

“It was fairly challenging to get up (for the final). My ankle gave me a lot of grief for a lot of years after that game.

“I actually went travelling after that for a week or so with Eloise and `Richo’ (Richardson) and we’d be walking along a street in Italy and suddenly look at each other and say `can you believe we actually won that match’.”

02-04767 (David Griffiths_request only)It’s these stories that McMahon is looking forward to sharing as part of `The Centurions’ show in Sydney next month, where she’ll share the stage alongside good friends and former teammates Liz Ellis and Catherine Cox – who were also members of that triumphant 2002 Commonwealth Games team.

Being held at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Monday, August 10, the two-and-a-half show will give the audience a greater insight into the lives and careers of Australia’s three most-capped players in Ellis (122 Tests), McMahon (118 Tests) and Cox (108 Tests).

McMahon said the public sees and hears a lot about what happens on the court and `The Centurions’ will give a rare insight into what it takes to get each athlete and team ready to perform – plus a few funny anecdotes.

“We’ve spent so much time together over the years, had so many amazing and tough moments, picking the right ones to chat about will be hard,” McMahon said. “And also keeping them within the show’s time frame.

“At training Liz liked to set up the defence so everyone was doing all the work out the front to set her up for the intercepts at goal keeper. She was always upset when Coxy and I used to thwart those efforts.”

Show organiser Sue Gaudion has organised another special promotion for the month of July.

Anyone who purchases a ticket – or already has done so – will go into a draw to win one of five backstage double passes to meet the stars of the show and take part in a photo shoot with them before they go on stage.

The winners of the June promotion for backstage double passes were Debbie Robinson, Robert Hadley, Janis Madden, Sandra Carnevale and Vicki Mouland – who were all contacted by Cox.

As well as sharing stories with the audience both individually and collectively, Gaudion will also conduct question and answer sessions with all three about their lives and careers.

There will be unseen footage and images and plenty of interaction with the audience.

Click here to find about more information about the show and how to book your seat for this not-to-be missed show.