AFLW Rd 5 - Collingwood v Melbourne
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: Jordan Membrey of Collingwood is helped off the ground during the round five AFLW match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Melbourne Demons at Victoria Park on February 28, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Magpies forward Jordan Membrey has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2021 season after suffering an ACL injury on the weekend.

Collingwood’s win over the Demons was dampened by the injury to the 25-year-old.

Collingwood’s General Manager of Women’s Sport Jane Woodlands-Thompson described the news as “heartbreaking”.

“The whole program is heartbroken for Jordy,” Woodlands-Thompson told collingwoodfc.com.au.

“In true Jordy nature, she remains in good spirits and is determined to contribute to the campaign in another capacity.

“We will continue to support Jordy during this challenging time.”

She joins a growing list of AFLW players who have been struck down by the injury recently.

Geelong’s Olivia Purcell ruptured her ACL on Friday night, while Melbourne’s Shae Sloane suffered her third ACL tear earlier in the week

Geelong’s Head of AFLW program Brett Johnson said the club would rally behind the 2020 best-and-fairest winner.

“We are so disappointed, this isn’t the news we hoped to hear, Johnson said in a statement on geelongcats.com.au.

“We will wrap our arms around Liv and continue to support her.

“We know she will tackle this challenge with strength and determination.”

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Bulldogs forward Deanna Berry was possibly another victim to the cruel injury as she awaits scans, but the incident didn’t look good.

Round 5 was a sour one on the injury front for the AFLW competition after it had been pretty well clear of serious knee injuries in 2021.

There have been many theories around why the women’s game is littered with so many ACL injuries, from training habits to boots being named as possible reasons.

Premier Health Partners released a report into the worrying trend on March 30, 2019.

The report said women were nine times more likely to suffer the injury than their male colleagues.

“Women are 9.2 times more likely than men within the AFL system to sustain an ACL injury (ABC News, 6 March 2019).

“It is widely accepted within AFL and sports professionals that the reason for the higher rates in injury have a lot more to do with both the playing and semi-professional season conditions of the AFLW league.

“The semi-professional nature of the AFLW means that athletes are perhaps only training a few nights a week before suddenly being put in a high-speed professional environment.

“These players are maintaining full or part-time jobs in addition to football in order to make a living, and their short pre-season means that a lot of time tends to be focussed on team and ball skills, rather than strength and conditioning.”