Parfitt's painful season end
WHEN you're a team-minded player like Nick Parfitt, you accept pain from tough battles.
However, the Ipswich Knights defender didn't realise he'd fractured a bone in his left hand until a visit to hospital following last week's 120-minute final.
"I just slid in for a tackle and as he came through after I got the ball, he just stood on it (my hand)," Parfitt said yesterday.
"I actually heard a bit of a crack when I did it.
"It was pretty painful."
The injury was just before halfime in Ipswich's 2-1 extra-time loss to Moggill. It was the Division 1 semi-final at Bundamba on Wednesday night.
"After I got through halftime and went back on the field, it wasn't too painful," Parfitt said.
"But I was aware and it was a little bit annoying."
Parfitt only found out the extent of his injury after a six-hour wait for an X-ray early on Thursday morning.
The dependable defender will find out more on Wednesday, although the early hope is Parfitt won't need off-season surgery.
Parfitt also suffered a cork during Wednesday night's physical and fast-tempo match.
As for playing through the second half and 30 minutes of extra time, Parfitt said he had to help the team.
"It's one of those things where you don't want to pull out," he said. "It would have been a big result for us if we'd got the win."
After beating the Knights, fifth-placed Moggill advanced to the grand final against second-placed North Star by eliminating premiers Queensland Lions 2-1 on Saturday night.
"It tends to happen with the two top sides," Parfitt said of Moggill's late-season roll. "They get to promotion and fall away in the finish because they got the job done.
"But I rate Moggill."
Parfitt was one of his team's most consistent performers, being a vital part of the Knights' quality defensive line alongside captain Stephen Hughes, Andy Drager and Alex Jimmink.
"Since Andy Drager came back and played A-grade, he's been phenomenal," Parfitt said.
"He's shut down some of the best strikers in the league and just made them look silly.
"AJ's had a really good year."
Former Ipswich City player Parfitt is likely to return next season, having been with the Knights since 1998.
"I've still got a couple of years left," said the former Premier League player, who turns 30 next month.
"We definitely had a good year.
"To miss out on promotion by one point was pretty disappointing. A couple of results throughout the year we drew and we should have won but that's the way it goes."
Parfitt is planning to take some time off, before playing futsal or contesting triathlons.