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Benalla Lady Breakers buckle under mature Myrtleford side

By Meg Saultry

Benalla Lady Breakers’ first double header weekend came to an end on Sunday, with the young squad suffering back-to-back baptisms of fire against two quality sides.

In their second match, the Breakers took on the might of an experienced Myrtleford Saints on Sunday afternoon. 

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This experience came to the fore, with the Saints’ ability to intercept and score down the court hard for the Breakers to counter.

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Though it was a similar scoreline to their Saturday night match against Seymour, Breakers coach Tony Long said there had been more to like in their contest with the Saints.

“I thought we were much improved from (Saturday) night (against Seymour),” Long said.

“The scoreline didn’t reflect that.

“It just came down to our turnovers. We didn’t look after the ball and our passes hurt us.

“But I thought we did some really good stuff where we got to the end of our offence and we finished things off properly against another quality side.”

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A number of Breakers continued to make strides in their own game, with Isabella Riley finishing off her shots, though she fouled out late in the game, while Chelsea Gilchrist provided plenty of physicality under the ring. 

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But with the Saints scoring off a number of throwaway passes, with Abbey Zamperoni leading the charge with 30 points, it was also their maturity that added another tricky element to the match up.

“There is some experience out there,” Long said.

“You can’t beat continually playing games as a group together.

“They’ve had four or five seasons, we’ve had one.

“We’ve had three games so far, we’re working our way there.”

The Breakers have a week's rest, before turning their attentions to their round four match against Wodonga Wolves.

A lift in the team’s morale is needed before another tough contest against a quality opposition.