THE Bass Coast Breakers have won their way through to the South Eastern Women’s Football Development League grand final after a hard fought win against Warragul on Sunday.
With the top two teams meeting for the first time the game started physically with both teams trying to stamp their authority.
Against the wind the Breakers broke through for the first goal of the game and kept Warragul to just one goal for the quarter.
The Breakers responded to coach Steve Kenny’s call for a bigger effort in the second quarter with Mollie Bloch providing first use in the ruck and marking well around the ground paired with Ella Angarane and Sophie Bolding winning plenty of contested ball through the middle.
The Breakers were able to take control of the game, scoring four goals to one in the second quarter.
Trying the look after their lead against the wind, the Breakers relied heavily on their defensive group to keep Warragul at bay.
Managing to keep the Colts to just one goal was a great effort from the girls but it was still game on at three quarter time with Breakers leading 5.3.33 to 2.4.22.
In the last quarter the defence again stood up under the finals pressure with Gemma Tschiderer keeping the league’s leading goal kicker to one goal for the match.
Tayla Stahl-Smith’s burst of speed and awareness around goal proved a challenge for Warragul and she finished with five goals.
Three goals to one in the last quarter secured the win for the Breakers and their chance to play in a grand final in their first season.
Final score: Breakers 8.5.53 def Warragul 4.4.28.
Goal kickers: T Stahl-Smith 5, S Bolding, E Volard, E Cargill.
Best: M Bloch, T Stahl-Smith, S Bolding, E Angarane, H Mills, G Tschiderer.
The Breakers will face Tyabb in the grand final on Sunday, September 10 at Casey Fields.
The match will start at 9.30am. It would be great to see a big crowd in attendance for what will be a ground breaking day for women’s footy in the Bass Coast community.