THE Phillip Island and Wonthaggi Power youth girls kicked off what was an exciting day for female footy in Bass Coast.
Experiencing the worst of the weather both teams adjusted well to wet weather footy, with a great standard on show.
Phillip Island’s half back line was solid all game limiting any Power scoring opportunities and with the home team able to convert early they set themselves up for a win and earnt themselves a place in the grand final.
Power will face Bunyip next week in the preliminary final. The winner will face the Islanders in the grand final.
In the senior match both teams wore magenta to raise awareness for DonateLife and spread the word about the importance of organ donation.
In a show of sportsmanship and support for the cause, the teams came together before the match for a photo and continued the good spirit throughout the match.
The Breakers started the game slowly and as a result of some brief good passages of play, were lucky to go into the first break with a narrow 2.2 to 1.2 lead.
With finals fast approaching Breakers coach Steve Kenny called for a bigger effort from all players in the second quarter. The Breakers responded, returning to their usual physical and hard running game style which resulted in a couple of quick goals.
Winnie Cuthbertson was creative through the centre, linking well with Emma Volard and Carly Formosa to deliver the ball deep into the Breakers forward line.
The quarter was dominated by the Breakers who add another two goals before half time.
The second half continued in much the same fashion but with the wind picking up scoring became harder. The experience of Ella Angarane and Hannah Mills showed, dictating play from half back and through the centre.
Some changes for the Breakers saw Georgia Slavin and Ella Cargill relish their opportunity in the forward line, presenting strongly and highlighting the versatility within the team.
Sophie Bolding played a real captain’s game, leading by example with her work rate and rallying her troops to keep their intensity and pressure up throughout the match.
The Breakers will be looking to fine tune their game this week when they travel to Officer for the second last home and away match of the season at 10am on Saturday, August 12.
Final score: Bass Coast 11.9.75 def Hastings 2.3.15.
Goal kickers: E Volard 3, S Bolding 2, T Stahl-Smith 2, E Cargill, C Bolding, E Angarane, T Angarane.
Best players: S Bolding, E Volard, W Cuthbertson, T Angarane, H Mills, E Angarane.