Hervey Bay netball semi-final - Bullets Boscia V. Breakaways Bayside. Breakaways wing attack Renee Searle.
Hervey Bay netball semi-final - Bullets Boscia V. Breakaways Bayside. Breakaways wing attack Renee Searle. Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay's two best teams face off for the title

BULLETS Boscia's young line-up may boast better fitness compared with grand final opponents Breakaways Bayside but that relative inexperience could enable Breakaways to muscle their way to the title.

The two sides were easily the best in Hervey Bay Netball Association's Division 1 competition this season.

Bullets recorded only one loss, a third-round forfeit to Bayside, and a 12th-round draw against the same side.

Breakaways recorded three losses (which includes one forfeit to Bullets) and a draw in their 16 games.

While Bullets boast the superior regular season record coach Kerrianne Farrelly said victory was not certain.

"Every time we've played them they've been physical,” Farrelly said. "I've got three young'uns there and they hadn't got used to that body-on-body defence. How they react could make or break our game.”

The battle, according to Farrelly, will be decided on Bullets' fitness against Breakaways' physicality.

"We win the fitness aspect but they've got older ladies who play a physical game,” Farrelly said.

Farrelly suggested captain Lauren Mortimer held the key as the club's leader, but her players had to watch Breakaways' goal shooter Linda Hall.

Hervey Bay netball semi-final - Bullets Boscia V. Breakaways Bayside. Bullets goal shooter Brooke Hall.
Bullets' Brooke Hall. Alistair Brightman

Breakaways coach Soraya Dredge said Mortimer's accuracy was her side's opponents' most potent weapon, but expected Renee Searle and Fiona McDonnell to lead her side.

"I think they will be the key playmakers,” Dredge said.

Dredge said it had been a good year for Breakaways, but the side that takes the court tomorrow will be their strongest line-up since the opening round.

"We've had quite a good year even though we've had a few injuries,” she said.

"We should have our full team for the first time this season. Earlier on in the year we did beat them and we've been close every time we've played, but I expect this one to be closer than what many expect.

"We have to be consistent and play for the full 60 minutes.

"We have to maintain that intensity.

"Bullets are a very good team, they are the defending premiers, but this will come down to whoever can handle the pressure on the day.”

All games are set for Hervey Bay's netball courts, but the PCYC is on standby should poor weather interfere.