Breakaways (from left) Kelli Mitchell, Kasey Brischke, Tracy Riley, Belinda Walkley, Renee Searle, Elizabeth Martin, Jocelyn McMahon, Anna Wilkinson and Emily Martin.
Breakaways (from left) Kelli Mitchell, Kasey Brischke, Tracy Riley, Belinda Walkley, Renee Searle, Elizabeth Martin, Jocelyn McMahon, Anna Wilkinson and Emily Martin. Alistair Brightman

Breakaways triumph

IT WAS a carnival like atmosphere at Hervey Bay Netball Association's courts in Pialba on Saturday.

And the star attraction was the Breakaways.

Playing in front of a colourful and energetic crowd, the Breakaways won every quarter to triumph 49-32 over Cosmos and claim back-to-back division one titles.

Breakaways, as their name implies, broke away from their grand final opponents early in the match to lead 17-5 at quarter time courtesy of sharp shooting from Elizabeth Martin, who converted 10 of 14 attempts.

Cosmos tried desperately to swing the momentum their way, but the Breakaways, who had only lost one game all season, seemed to have an answer for everything they did.

"We didn't know how we would go, but we figured if we played our game and the game we thought would work against the Cosmos we could come out successful," Breakaways centre and wing attack Renee Searle said.

Martin shone beneath the ring, shooting 32 goals, while Anna Wilkinson did an excellent job shutting down Cosmos' shooters.

Cosmos defender Kate McCarthy paid full credit to the Breakaways' pressure, conceding it was the key factor in the match.

"They just came out a little bit more physical than we were expecting," she said.

"They were the team to beat, but I was pretty happy with our performance."

 

GRAND FINAL

Breakaways 49 (Elizabeth Martin 32 goals, Tracy Riley 13, Kacey Brischke 4) def Cosmos 32 (Natalie Pearce 17, Elise O'Rourke 15)



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