2016 U17 YOUTH GIRLS PREMIERS
I don't know if the Breaker faithfuls are aware but not only is this our 4th premiership cup, but its the first for YOUTH GIRLS FOOTY at the BREAKERS!
In 2015 our U17 Youth girls (it was known as U18's last year) was on death row. Numbers were down, we had two early forfeits and was exploring merging options.
The girls / team were steadfast against a merge or moving elsewhere and lucky we had 4 girls from U15's, Keeley Duggan, Sam Franich, Bec Kerr and Rana Dickson who put their hands up to play the season out in U18s and keep the Breakers girls footy alive and kicking. It is this same group of girls that played a massive part in this years success. A seed was sown by these girls last year. Coach John Duggan put this act of loyalty and support for each other at the forefront of this years team and strength.
Girls footy is played vastly different to that of the boys. As a rule and across the board the girls aren't as skilled as the boys, however girls footy is contested more in the trenches and if you can't tackle or put your head over the ball you probably won't get much action. There is no doubt they play a tough brand of footy and with no quarter given or taken.
John was aware from round 3 that the team had the will, fight and conviction to challenge for a premiership. There was no doubt we had some elite footy players however the question was whether the rest could stand up come finals time. It only took 1 final game to realise there was no longer a question mark. This team was going to win a grand final. They proved they had 17 players who could lift their game to another level and contribute for the greater good of the team.
Caloundra, our opposition went through the regular season only losing one game finishing on top of the ladder and beating us in both encounters throughout the season, with our final encounter producing a 90 point loss to them.
We ended up beating them in the semi finals by 37 points and ultimately in the grand final by 13 points.
Our finals campaign was built on relentless tackling, never giving up and not having our will to fight and compete ever be broken.
From Coach John's point of view he couldn't be prouder of the girls and how they supported each other, all stepping up and sticking to their team values NO MATTER WHAT the opposition and game threw at them.
Behind every great team there is a great support group. Simon Blackman (the bald one), Randy Mahar, Jo Hayes (mum), all gave up their time in support of this team. Not many would know but Randall Randy Mahar was the founder of girls footy at the Breakers.
The team was also blessed to have a great group of parents who didn't need much prompting to help. Not many teams have their own orange lady who can adjust the cold of the oranges based on how the girls feel! Thank you Tanya. Dan who was new to the club this year made the effort to video the finals games and post them on you tube. Shane Dawes our Super Coach od 2017 steps in regularly and helps with coaching. Julian takes home the playing tops every week and washes them. Sorry Jill we know you probably washed them!
Also special thanks goes to our number 1 girls footy fan and passionate club man Ivan the big croat Franich. Your talk at the grand final dinner was a ball tearer.
At the end of the day when all is said and done it is not about the premiership medal, the girls are now a group of sisters (go girls) who share a pretty amazing experience, are now bound by this and no doubt will be friends for life.
Breakers Youth Girls Footy - Unbreakable in 2017
And we can't thank the leader of the pack Coach John Duggan enough for volunteering his time and bringing the best out in the girls and winning the premiership. Congratulations and well done to all involved.
Some fantastic action shots from the grand final game available to view HERE