Breakaways wing defence Fiona McDonnell.
Breakaways wing defence Fiona McDonnell. Alistair Brightman

Breakaways' sweet success a reward for hard work

BREAKAWAYS captain Renee Searle has been on the other side enough times to appreciate a premiership.

"It feels great. We've come second a few times in the last few years so it's really good to finally get the win."

The energetic centre was an unmissable figure on court as the undefeated minor premiers sought to complete a perfect year.

 

But while the on-court efforts from the likes of Searle and Fiona McDonnell, as well as the accurate Linda Hall and imposing defence of Alexis Hill, all contributed to the premiership, the seeds were sown much earlier in their campaign.

"We actually took it quite seriously this year, and did some training so Soraya (Dredge, coach) had us working on Thursday nights making us work as a team," Searle said.

 

Breakaways' Linda Hall.
Breakaways' Linda Hall. Alistair Brightman

That paid off in spades.

Breakaways swept aside all before them to win all 15 of their games.

 

 

Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Breakaways celebrate their win.
Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Breakaways celebrate their win. Alistair Brightman

You could see how the extra work influenced their game as Bullets fought back from a late five-point deficit.

Breakways players kept their composure, and retook control of a game they seized in the third term.

 

 

Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Winners Breakaways Bayside - Back (L) Saraya Dredge (coach), Fiona McDonald, Tailah Love, Emma Shang, Alexis Hill and Linda Hall. Front (L) Renee Searle, Tamara Loveridge, Tori Bunyon, Cheyenne Dredge and Aley O'Keeffe.
Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Winners Breakaways Bayside - Back (L) Saraya Dredge (coach), Fiona McDonald, Tailah Love, Emma Shang, Alexis Hill and Linda Hall. Front (L) Renee Searle, Tamara Loveridge, Tori Bunyon, Cheyenne Dredge and Aley O'Keeffe. Alistair Brightman

"I actually don't know the score (while I'm out there) very often so I wasn't sure," Searle said when asked of Bullets comeback. "I thought it was close and they got a few turnovers.

"It was a matter of slowing it down, playing our game."

 

Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Breakaways centre Renee Searle.
Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Breakaways centre Renee Searle. Alistair Brightman

At least one Breakaways eye is on next season's premiership, as Searle confirmed the squad could retain most players.

"We've had a bit of a chat about it already so I do believe we will stick together," Searle said.

 

 

Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Breakaways take out the premiership.
Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Breakaways take out the premiership. Alistair Brightman

 

HBNA GRAND FINAL RESULTS

Div 1: Breakaways Bayside 42 def Bullets Nubees 39

Div 2: Bullets Benchwarmers 30 def Breakaways Swift 26

Div 3: Cosmos Fushion 42 def Breakaways Breezers 41

Div 6: Bullets Bulletproof 36 def St James Jaguars 10

Div 7: Bullets Hurricanes 31 def Cosmos Stars 24

Div 8: St James Tigers 33 def Bullets Bolts 27

Div 9: Bullets Swifts 35 def Breakaways Bedazzlers 18

Div 10: Comets Devils 26 def Bullets Point 17



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