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The Breakers travelled to Mulgrave Reserve to face top side Eastern Devils for the last home and away match of the season.

Signs looked ominous after the home team slotted a couple through early, but the Breakers adjusted, increasing their pressure to concede just three goals for the quarter.

The work rate and pressure remained in the second quarter with both teams fighting hard for the ball and neither team able to find much space, resulting in just one goal to the Devils.

Rain in the second half made marking difficult, with both teams scrambling for possession. Again through their determination and tackling pressure, the Breakers were able to keep their opponents to just one major for the quarter. Although the Devils had plenty of scoring shots, the pressure and tackling of the Breakers made these difficult to execute. It was a great all-round performance from the Breakers with all players contributing. Moved up the ground in the second half, Katie Campbell provided a strong target and contested well.

Sarah Alweyn worked hard at full-back, supported on the last line of defence by Tori Ryan and Christine Abbot.

The attacking play of Hannah Mills and Lucy Vernon off half-back was exciting to watch. The Breakers were happy with their performance to finish off the season, a 100-point turnaround from the last time these teams met, and look positively towards the 2020 season.

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Perfect conditions met both teams with the sun shining and good ground conditions. It was the Dusties who were looking for a big win at Western Park on Sunday in an attempt to make 4th place and a finals place. The girls were sitting fifth after Mornington’s win against undefeated Pakenham on Saturday and the Industrials were keen to change this.

The Dusties started the game fast from the centre bounce and pushing the ball forward but were unable to get any major score instead inaccurate kicking giving the girls five straight points before Sarah Burns finally broke the deadlock, kicking the first of her three goals for the match at the 10 minute mark. The Dusties did not look back against a hapless Cerberus who gave their all to push the ball into their forward 50 eventually kicking a goal in the second quarter but the Dusties had kicked seven goals by half time giving the Industrials a 44-point lead at the midway point. The third quarter saw the Dusties start slowly, again dominated by inaccurate kicking for goal but it was Kellie Llewellyn who stood up kicking four of the five unanswered goals giving the Dusties an 80 point lead at three quarter Kellie would again dominate in the forward kicking three of the four goals from Dusties in the final term giving the Dusties an emphatic win against Cerberus by 117 points and the 29 percentage points that put the Dusties into fourth position and a meeting with Frankston Bombers next Saturday in the Elimination final at Beaconsfield, with the game starting at 11am. Clearly best on ground in a huge team effort for the Dusties was Kellie Llewellyn with seven goals in the last half. She was backed up by J. Robertson, C. Maher, J. Kemp, R. Young and M. Williams.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette

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