IN THE CLEAR: Breakaways wing attack Aleyeah O'Keefe takes clean possession during Saturday's Division 1 grand final.
IN THE CLEAR: Breakaways wing attack Aleyeah O'Keefe takes clean possession during Saturday's Division 1 grand final. Alistair Brightman

Injuries cruel minor premier's title hopes

They romped to a minor premiership but injuries hamstrung Breakaways Titans' title hopes.

The Titans fell to Bullets Boscia by six points in the grand final, their fourth loss in two years. Coach Soraya Dredge said a higher than usual number of unforced errors contributed to the loss.

"I think the team and myself, we tried to maintain composure, but there's too many unforced errors, and the other team was the better team on the day and congratulations to them," she said.

"It makes for a good final, it's exciting to watch for the spectators but of course we would've liked to win. We did our best with the players we had available."

Injuries cost the Titans, with Wide Bay goal shooter Linda Hall a major loss.

"We had to change our entire shooting line," Dredge said. "We had a player come back from a broken wrist, I thought our goal attack Tailah Love was outstanding, Fiona McDonnell in (wing defence) put on a lot of pressure, but I couldn't point to one player, they were all instrumental in their own way.

"It's been a great year success-wise, it hasn't been great injury-wise. We lost our Thundercats shooter at the beginning of the year with an ACL, we had a player out with a heart condition, a broken wrist and we just really couldn't seem to get a flow on.

"To get to the finals the way we did was just testimony to the fact these guys came back to play for each other and for their club. I'm proud of that in itself. It wasn't the best preparation for the year but it makes you stronger."

Dredge said the club was in a good position as it began planning for 2019.

"Breakaways were almost a folding club, and with the outstanding coaches they've got has seen the club grow from four sides to the second-biggest in the association, to having the most teams represented in finals. Most of those are juniors, the ones that lost today were by one, two - very close margins - the future is in good hands with all of that coaching coming through."



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