AN EXPERIENCED core and a few handy mid-season pick-ups has helped Breakaways Bayside carve out a dominant Hervey Bay Netball Association season.
The team was undefeated during the regular season, and a win against Bullets Nubees today will see it become the first team to reach the grand final.
"We retained a lot of players so maintained a strong core unit, but we also had a few players come across to play with their friends,” Dredge said.
"It's helped our side a lot this year. Playing alongside friends can take a lot of the stress out of game, that familiarity with other players helps their decision making.”
While the loss column remains unmoved, Breakaways coach Soraya Dredge said her side was not getting carried away early.
In fact, the rise of the other three clubs in the finals (Flames Firebirds and Cosmos Kryptonites will contest the elimination final) had kept them on their toes.
"The minor places were strongly contested and we're being forced to work harder for our wins,” Dredge said.
"All the teams are capable of beating the others. "I'm expecting to have a tight, fast-paced clash, but I've got confidence in our players.”
Breakaways are not yet talking about the August 26 grand final, but Dredge did admit it would be nice for the club to break Bullets' stranglehold on the HBNA Division 1 premiership.
The team, which fell to Bullets in last year's decider, began its pre-season with a firm focus on fitness.
"I think we've improved on consistency,” she said.
"Last year we'd play a good 15 minutes or half of netball but our fitness might not have been where it should be. Upping our training regime has helped.”
Breakaways will play Bullets for a place in the decider on Court 1 at 2pm, before Flames face Cosmos Kryptonites at 3.30pm.