AFTER almost a month off the field the Bass Coast Breakers met the Seaford Tigers on the neutral territory of Phillip Island.
The better experienced Seaford proving to be a tough group for the Breakers to beat, though they did well to restrain them.
The girls wore DonateLife playing jumpers on the day in recognition and support of the cause.
Last year 1675 Australians received a lifesaving transplant due to the generosity of 510 deceased and 273 living donors and their families.
But with around 1400 Australians currently on the waiting list and 11,000 on kidney dialysis, we are reminded there is still much more to be done to ensure registration numbers keep growing.
Skipper Lucy Vernon notes how the cause resonates with the Breakers’ culture.
“Over the past three years we have worked hard to build an inclusive and welcoming community,” she said.
“Team work and looking out for each other on and off the field is a big part of who we have become.”
The Tigers started the game fast, and with two efficient goals, their impact on the board was impressive.
Breakers girls Sophie Bolding, Ella Angarane and Tayla Tatterson worked hard to gain control.
The first quarter was a wake-up call for the Breakers, the second needed more intent.
Bringing that direction, acting coach Tess Angarane refocused her team at the first term huddle and they returned to the field with vengeance.
Playing into the breeze this quarter – kicking to the club room end, the Breakers found ground by linking their kicks with professional control.
The advantage gained from three clean kicks in two separate passage in this quarter was a fine example of what the Breakers are capable of.
Unfortunately, they weren’t able to capitalise with goals, the goal line defence of the Tigers too fierce.
Gabby Bloch’s kicking out and defending rose to the challenge of Seaford’s forward pressure.
Also in defence, Hannah Mills and Kasey Guttridge played big parts in the backline, restricting Seaford ball movement and applying great tackling pressure.
Around the ground the fitness level and intensity of Sophie Bolding persisted throughout the four quarters.
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Though the Breakers were unable to score a major their four scoring shots showed the group is gaining experience and working well into the Division one league.
DonateLife aims to increase organ donor awareness, education and importantly, registrations.
Joining the Australian Organ Donor Register is a life-changing act of generosity and only takes a minute at www.donatelife.gov.au – all you need is your Medicare Card number.