Janara Simon is happy to admit she was in the wrong place at the wrong time despite suffering a serious neck injury while playing for Kendall Blues on Saturday (August 14).
The fullback, winger or centre fell victim to a tackle that went wrong in the match against Long Flat.
"I got caught in a weird way in the tackle because my body was up and my neck was down," she recalled.
"I heard a crack in my neck, but I got up and played the ball before I started seeing stars and got really dizzy."
As a result of the tackle the teenager said she couldn't feel the right side of her body for 24 hours before she received the all-clear following results from an MRI scan.
It wasn't before a trip to Sydney on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
"I was scared I couldn't walk anymore. I was crying and praying for myself to be able to walk. They said I'm very lucky," she said.
While it was the most serious injury she had suffered since playing her first game of rugby league as a 12-year-old she has no intention of not playing again.
But her family don't echo those thoughts.
"I'll probably wear headgear but my family said I'm not allowed to and I've gotta play league tag," she said.
"But I'll play again. I'm lucky, but I can't play footy for a month."
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