AFTER a tough introduction to Division 1 footy the previous week the Breakers were more prepared this week.
With the strong tackling pressure and high work rate, a strong point in Round 1, coach Jason Mitchell urged his team to bring the same level of intensity into the contest at Wonthaggi last Sunday.
And, after three first-quarter goals to Mornington, the Breakers settled into the game in the second quarter, keeping the visitors to five goals at half time and then coming on strong in the second half.
A goal attempt by Ella Angarane late in the second quarter hit the post but it was a sign of things to come with the Breakers doing their fair share of attacking in the third quarter which unfortunately, was not converted into goals.
Bonnie Mullins provided a lot of run through the centre, utilising her superior speed to move the ball forward. Her tackling pressure along with that of Sophie Bolding helped to slow down the Mornington transition through the middle.
Charlotte Bolding was proving a headache for the visitors taking a number of marks deep in defence and winning a lot of contested ball around the ground.
The last quarter proved to be the Breakers’ best with Laura Kew breaking the season’s goal drought with a clever soccer off the ground.
Ella Angarane followed up soon after – nailing a long-range set shot.
Suddenly the momentum had changed and the Breakers were doing all of the attacking. However, the large ground and lack of bench strength was taking its toll by this point with the midfield tiring after working relentlessly all game and the Breakers weren’t able to take further advantage on the scoreboard.
They did however show signs of things to come as they gelled better in transition and won the ball at will at the stoppages. Coach Mitchell assured the group afterwards with that level of performance, a win was just around the corner.
The three first gamers showed a lot of potential with the height and athleticism of Lucy Caldwell a welcome addition to the Breakers backline.
The Breakers take on Beaconsfield under lights next Saturday night at 5pm at Beaconsfield.
Final scores: Mornington 5.7-37 def Bass Coast 2.2-14. Goal kickers: E. Angarane, L. Kew. Best Players: B. Mullins, C. Bolding, S. Bolding, E. Angarane, H. Mills and E. Cargill.
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