BERMAGUI BREAKERS 2017 REVIEW
BERMAGUI BREAKERS FC
Another solid season for the Breakers at junior and female level whilst also a vast improvement for the Breakers in senior football in 2017. Bermagui claimed back to back premierships in the under 11’s grade whilst falling short in the under 13’s. The club finished 4th in the club championship thanks to solid seasons from the women’s and senior grade. Look for further improvements from the Breakers in 2018.
2017 Prediction: 4th
2017 Finish: 4th
Review: It was a season of vast improvement for the Breakers in 2017. The side improved form 1 win in 2016 to 7 in 2017 playing off in a minor semi-final that will be remembered for years to come. In a game of swaying momentum, the Sea Eagles overran the Breakers in the fourth ending the Breakers season. The Breakers season was gaining momentum toward the back end of the season with a solid win over Tathra before injuries to key players Luke Moresi and club best and fairest Scott Proctor against Narooma derailed their final regular season games. Proctor was unable to return for the Breakers final and having the two-time league best and fairest for a finals campaign could have seen a different result for the club.
The play of Proctor, Moresi, Marcus Shaw, Sebastian Hannebery and Daniel Smith was vital for the Breakers in turning a 1 win 2016 season into a semi-final appearance in 2017. If the Breakers can keep this core group together in 2018, look for the team to rise up the ranks.
Key Player: River Reid, the Breakers backman was extremely valuable for the Breakers in 2017. Reid was one of the Breakers best all season making the senior team of the year due to his work on key forwards like Dean Gartside and Simon Mackie. Reid capped off his 2017 with the Breakers players player.
2017 Prediction: 5th
2017 Finish: 5th
Review: Although the Breakers finished 5th in 2017 the side never really looked a legitimate threat to break into the top 4 in 2017. Although this was the case, the Breakers can look forward to significant improvement in future seasons which could see the side challenge the top teams in future seasons. With all the Breakers core group under the age of 25, there is plenty of growth and improvement for this side. Joining the likes of Jorja Moore, Grace Gowing, Katlyn Scott and Mikayla Shaw in 2017 was some new young players in Poppy Logue, Paris Groenward and top age under 13’s Angelita Hochkins, Maddison Thornton and Molly Minnett
Key Player: Katlyn Scott, Scott finished in the top 5 of the league best and fairest whilst also claiming the clubs best and fairest. Although only 16, Scott is one of more experience members of the team having played junior football and representative football for the region. She leads by example on the field each game.
2017 Prediction: 4th
2017 Finish: 5th
Review: It was a tough season for the Breakers under 16’s side with the team going winless in 2017. It was always going to be tough to compete with the Diggers and Panthers although the Breakers were competitive with the Lions throughout the year and the Giants early in the season before Broulee/Moruya hit their straps. With many players bottom age and several quality juniors coming through the ranks, the Breakers will be confident of significant improvement in 2018. Positives taken from the season, include a handful of players who made their senior debut in Jai Curven, Eric Hills and Liam Russell.
Key Player: Chris Olsen, Olsen was ever present for the Breakers in 2017 playing every game whilst being in the clubs best on 8 occasions. Olsen capped a good season for his side winning the clubs best and fairest. Should be in senior selection for 2018 as has the attributes to compete for four quarters.
2017 Prediction: Premiers
2017 Finish: Runners/up
Review: Although it was a remarkable regular season for the Breakers where their only blemish for the season was a draw against Merimbula, the 2017 season will ultimately be a disappointing season for the team after falling short in the final match of the season after entering the clash as clear favourites. The Breakers left it too late in the grand final to make their charge after Pambula kicked out to a 4-goal lead early in the fourth quarter. Although the Breakers couldn’t go back to back in 2017, the club has some talented juniors on the way both in male and female football. Leading the way is league runner up best and fairest Jonathan Harkins-McMahon. The youngster plays the game the right way and has the attributes of premiership winner Alex Rance. Look for the likes of Tom O’Meara and Angelita Hochkins to make significant impacts at the next level.
Although the Breakers fell short in 2017 look for Bermagui to be competitive once again in 2018 with a number of key players remaining with the team and key under 11’s coming through.
Key Player: Jonathan Harkins-McMahon, it was a neck and neck race between Harkins-McMahon and William Seach in the chase for the under 13’s best and fairest where Seach just pipped Harkins-McMahon. Both players have huge futures ahead and will have big futures ahead for club and league in representative football.
2017 Prediction: Premiers
2017 Finish: Premiers
Review: Throughout the 2017 season the competition and competing teams were wondering if the Breakers were going to be premiership threats in 2017. The Breakers were sitting third and only just getting the four points against the likes of Pambula and Tathra at the back end of the season. When all was said and done the Breakers would be 2017 premiers winning three straight finals although it wouldn’t be without some scares during finals. In their minor semi-final against the Giants it looked like the Breakers season was over, trailing the Giants by three goals the minor premiers turned the game around to start a remarkable run.
With enormous numbers in junior football look for the Breakers to reload and compete for a third straight premiership in season 2018.
Key Player: Lachlan Moresi, finishing third in the league best and fairest and claiming just about every award for his club, Moresi looks to be mould of his old man in that he is hard at the contest and extremely difficult to tackle. With another year in the under 11’s, is one of the favourites for the league’s best and fairest in 2018.