A Friday-night game in Ballina was the first of two away games this weekend for the Bruns Breakers.
The field was wet and slippery from a downpour 30 minutes before the kickoff.
The Brunswick girls love a night game and were pumped and ready. The ref blew his whistle to start the game and straightaway the Breakers took control; striker Izzy blasted a shot from distance only to have it saved by the keeper.
Only a few minutes later the Bruns striker found herself in range of the goals and this time found the back of the net 1–0. The away side were in total control; defender Erin had a shot from the halfway line only to see the ball tipped over the bar by the home-side keeper.
With only 10 minutes left of the first half remaining the Breakers’ number nine found the back of the gain 2–0 and shortly after had a first-half hat trick 3–0. With only minutes left on the clock to end the half, Ballina were awarded a penalty; goalkeeper Zoe, who had seen no action, was in the spotlight. The home-side player hammered the ball straight at the keeper, who parried it away only to find she had to make another save.
The whole crowed applauded. Half time found Brunswick up 3–0. The second began with the home side firing but the Breakers were comfortable. A lot of the half was played in the middle of the field; both teams had shots at goal, not worried by the scoreboard. Full time sounded.
The Brunswick team had their first win of the season. Well done, girls.
The second game was another away game, this time against Bangalow. Totally different playing conditions this game, played in bright sunshine with the field dry and a very hot day.
The Brunswick Breakers kicked off and dominated right from the start but could not find the back of the net. It took until the 20-minute mark to break the deadlock. Striker Izzy placed a shot wide of the keeper 1–0; this is where the score stayed until half time; it could have been easily four or five to nil.
The second half began with the Bruns coach rotating his players owing to the heat, but the team had no luck in front of the goal.
Finally the Breakers were passing the ball about and making space, and a perfect pass found Annika with a golden opportunity inside the penalty box; she struck the ball beautifully high and wide of the Bangalow keeper 2–0. With this second goal the coach made a positional change: goalie Zoe up front and goal scorer Annika in goals. Zoe, having the fresher legs, made a huge difference against a tiring Bangalow side.
Many chances were made but no more goals were scored.
Full time sounded another win to the Breakers. As always, the coach and parents were very proud of the team. Well done, girls.
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