STRONG PRESENCE: Andrea Nikas (GK) in State League action for Lower Clarence earlier this season. Nikas has been a quality addition to Breakers One in the Lower Clarence A Grade competition. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
STRONG PRESENCE: Andrea Nikas (GK) in State League action for Lower Clarence earlier this season. Nikas has been a quality addition to Breakers One in the Lower Clarence A Grade competition. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Duel for second a battle of the Breakers

ANDREA Nikas has rediscovered what enjoying her sport really means.

Growing up in the Lower Clarence, Nikas moved back to Yamba this year with her young family from Brisbane.

The former North Coast Academy of Sport representative noticed a lot had changed on the local netball scene since those early years.

But two things remain the same - Nikas is playing alongside Leah Essex in A Grade for Breakers One, and loving every moment.

"It's been great to be back playing in Maclean," Nikas said.

"I feel right at home. Leah and I always played together, so naturally I've come back and played with her team.

"They're a great bunch of girls and we just have a good time really.

"The competition is competitive, but really friendly, which is the best thing about netball here."

Ally Cross is also a relative newcomer to the Breakers One line-up, having joined the side last year.

On that occasion they finished fourth and with the latest reinforcements, the experienced squad is looking to go all the way in 2014.

Breakers One sit equal second with Just Breakers, who they take on in the last round today at 2.30pm on Court 3. Maclean Bottom Pub has the bye with the minor premiership all sewn up after defeating Breakers One 31 to 26 last week.

"Andrea has been fantastic," Cross commented. "She's very strong in all aspects, and with her height, is like a giraffe in defence. Not many can get a rebound from her.

"Our team has strengthened and we almost beat Bottom Pub last week with three players out. Hopefully we can turn that around next time we meet them again in the finals."



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