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The Breakers took to the field for the last home game of the season hopeful of a good contest against Port Melbourne at the weekend.
The team was led out by founder Ella Angarane in her 50th game, a milestone she could only have dreamed about a few years ago. Ella being one of the players with the most games in the team highlights the inexperience of the Breakers line-up and the remarkable rise to Division 1 this season. Some great tackling pressure from the Breakers went unrewarded early and despite a lot of the play being in their forward line, a few easy goals to Port set the pace for the game.
The message at half-time was to keep up the intensity and work hard to keep the ball.
The team responded well, having the majority of the play in the third quarter.
The Breakers created some really good scoring opportunities throughout the match and were unlucky not to finish with a few majors for their efforts.
The improvement of the Breakers was a real positive, with Jayne Simpson and Rebecca Bruhn active around half-forward. Without player-coach Sophie Bolding, and after losing Tayla Tatterson in the first quarter, a number of players stepped into the midfield rotation.
Despite their inexperience, the Breakers have shown all season that their intent and attack on the ball is enough to make them competitive. Despite the 48-4 score line, this game was no different. The players were able to hold their heads high after one of their best team performances of the season.
DIVISION ONE LADDER AFTER ROUND 13
The Dusties had their Ladies Night celebrating the achievement of women in sport round on Saturday night that also saw the Dusties women play Pakenham in their Round 13 game under lights.
The night saw the Dusties’ very own Stacey Lawry speaking about her career playing for the Collingwood VFL team recently. Collingwood AFLW Vice-Captain Brittany Bonnici also spoke to the many female athletes and club members from netball and women’s football.
Bonnici gave a pre-game address to the Dusties women before they took to the field in torrential rain which made it hard for both teams to score during the game. A win for the Dusties will guarantee a place in the finals and was motivation for the side to give that extra against the top placed team in Pakenham.
Alicia Clerks played her 50th game and two Youth Girls, Renee Young and Jorjah Perry were elevated to play their first game of senior football. Pakenham were able to score early and led by 7 points at the first change. But they were only able to kick two points in the second quarter thanks to a Dusties defence that worked overtime in trying conditions.
The third quarter saw the Dusties girls kick a major score in an impressive centre clearance whichkept them within five points as they again prevented Pakenham from scoring any major.
The final term was a hard slog for both sides as both teams appeared to succumb to the rain and mud. Tired players attempted to take possession of the ball with the Pakenham girls keeping the ball in their forward 50 for the majority of the
quarter. Pakenham were able to kick another three goals in the final term, one from a 50 metrepenalty that saw the visitors win by 24 points.
Next week the Dusties are at home in their final game of the year in the home and away season against Cerberus. A win is required to play finals, dependant on other games in the league but the Dusties are a big chance to play finals.Warragul & Drouin Gazette
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