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Bass Coast Breakers have unveiled their 2018 premiership flag with a difficult debut to the premier women’s Victorian Country division.

For last year’s players it was a noticeable increase of pressure from Division 2 – with players having a lot less time to make a decision and dispose of the ball. The team has a lot of new faces including young guns Ella O’Flynn and Channen Dare moving into the senior ranks.

Despite the one- sided score line, the intensity and pressure applied by the Breakers was consistent throughout the game. Sophie Bolding was the stand out for the Breakers, her engine was impressive, somehow managing to get to almost every contest. She stopped many Cranbourne attacks across half back and was strong moving the ball forward. The Breakers defence was led by Hannah Mills who read the play well and backed herself to win the ball.

Lucy Vernon’s experience and ability to read the ball was also a highlight for the Breakers in her first game for several years. Another impressive performer was first gamer Cathy Dukes who moved into defence and played a lock down role on one of the dangerous Cranbourne forwards. Despite the loss there was a lot to be learned by the Breakers and they will be more prepared for next weekend match.


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Women’s football commenced on Saturday with the Warragul Industrials women’s team travelling to Pearcedale for their round one clash in the South East Women’s Football League.

After four months of pre-season, the girls were keen to get out on the ground and put their skills to work with many new players and returning players taking to the field.

Pearcedale dominated in the first half of the match, booting four goals to nothing in the first quarter.

The second quarter the Dusties defence worked overtime and showed some good football which prevented a much higher score against them with Pearcedale kicking a single goal for the quarter.

The Dusties rose to the challenge in the second half of the game with plenty of inside 50s to the Dusties, but inaccurate kicking prevented any goals to either side until the final quarter with a late goal coming from a Michaela Williams kick to put the Dusties on the board with 10 points by the final siren.

Next week the women are playing at Western Park in a night match starting at 6pm.

The Industrials will be looking for their first win of the season against Hastings.

The game will be played after the Warragul Industrial senior men’s team in their home game against Phillip Island in what will be a day of some fantastic men’s and women’s football in Warragul.

Final score: Pearcedale 6-8 (44) to Dusties 14 (10) Dusties goals: M Williams. Dusties best: A Clerks, J Robertson, S Alweyn, S Burns, M Williams.


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