PRESSURE COOKER: Yamba Breakers goal shooter Kari Walters competing in the Lower Clarence Netball Association Division One round seven match against Maclean Bottom Pub at Maclean Netball Courts on Saturday.
PRESSURE COOKER: Yamba Breakers goal shooter Kari Walters competing in the Lower Clarence Netball Association Division One round seven match against Maclean Bottom Pub at Maclean Netball Courts on Saturday. Debrah Novak

Breakers' streak broken after dismal 20-point loss

A DISMAL loss has spurred the Breakers One to contemplate training for the first time this season.

The team has been sitting at the top of the Lower Clarence Division One leaderboard since the beginning of the season. But Saturday's 42-22 loss to Maclean Bottom Pub on Saturday forced them to take stock.

It is the first time the two teams have faced off since last year's grand final, in which Maclean proved too strong for the Yamba team.

Breakers coach Leah Essex said the team had three girls out due to illness and injury on the weekend, and the team "just didn't click" on court.

"We've come back this year with exactly the same team (as last year) and everyone's been playing well," she said.

"We just got inundated with injuries and couldn't find any form on the day."

It wasn't for lack of trying however, with players switching roles on the court a number of times in an effort to come up with a winning combination.

"It didn't help that's for sure," Essex said.

"We just couldn't get it together, and the other girls played brilliantly. They've got a few new players but they all played well."

The Breakers and Maclean Bottom Pub will meet again towards the end of the season, and Essex said they might have to work a bit harder to avoid a repeat of the weekend's performance.

The team hasn't held any training sessions this season and didn't formally train last year.

"We are all mothers in our 30s and older and don't really have time to train. But after the way we played on the weekend we have considered that we may need to start training to up our game a little bit."

 

DIVISION ONE

Round 7

Maclean Bottom Pub 42 d Breakers (I) 22

Just Breakers 41 d Maclean Bowling Club 13

Breakers Sassqueens 29 d Breakers Honeybees 26

Gulmarrad Top Pub 24 Iluka Rotary Divas 7

Ladder: 18 Maclean Bottom Pub, 18 Breakers (I), 17 Just Breakers, 14 Maclean Bowling Club, 14 Breakers Sassqueens, 12 Breakers Honeybees, 10 Gulmarrad Tob Pub, 8 Iluka Rotary Devils.



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