IN ALMOST perfect playing conditions at Cowes the Breakers welcomed Karingal for a top of the table clash and it was debutant Sunday Brisbane who capped off a great day scoring the winning goal.
The Breakers took advantage of the Phillip Island youth girls having a bye with Brisbane and Imogen Bradford stepping up for their first senior match along with former teammate Katie Treacey. The youngsters were quick to get involved and showed they were more than capable of competing at the senior level.
Controlling most of the play in the first quarter, the Breakers converted through Kate Caughey and Kelly O’Neill. Despite limited opportunities Karingal were able to sneak two goals also which saw the score line even at the first break. A strong second quarter with Carly Heislers and Stacey Poke busy through the middle of the ground and Sophie McCracken-Evans again dominant in the ruck, saw the home team start to get on top. Goals to Jenna Russo and Kelly O’Neill gave the
Breakers a six-point lead at half time.
The pressure lifted after half time with both teams struggling to find any space. Karingal managed the only goal for the quarter – narrowing the margin to just two points going into the last term.
With Karingal putting extra numbers in defence, the Breakers’ half back line, led by the experience of Chelsea Connell and Tess Angarane along with the speed of Imogen Bradford, repeatedly drove the ball back into the Breakers’ forward line.
With most of the play but only a string points to show for it, it was Brisbane who kicked the sealer for the home side – topping off a great debut for the youngster.
Breakers 5.8-38 def Karingal 4.3-27. Goals: O’Neill 3, Russo, Brisbane, Caughey. Best: O’Neill, Poke, Brisbane, Russo, Bradford, J Bolding.
The Breakers return to Dalyston next week to take on Seaford at 10.30am on Sunday. Following the game, the team will welcome supporters to celebrate Women in Sport with a luncheon featuring guest speakers Izzy Huntington and Monique Hanley.