Port City Breakers look to be first team into 2018 Group 3 league tag grand final

Leading the way: Coach Troy Roach has been impressed with Jazzy Wilbow's direction in attack since moving from the forwards to five-eighth. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Leading the way: Coach Troy Roach has been impressed with Jazzy Wilbow's direction in attack since moving from the forwards to five-eighth. Photo: Ivan Sajko

A LACK of intensity at the business end of the season cost Port City the ladies league tag title last year.

Now coach Troy Roach is focused on improving that as they aim to be the first team into the 2018 grand final on Sunday.

He had a first-hand look last Sunday of what will be required from his girls when Wauchope outlasted Old Bar to progress to Sunday’s match.

Now they have to get to get to the next level.

“A lot of the top teams don’t get the regular hard hit outs which can make it hard to lift your intensity,” Roach said.

“But from what I saw last week, we’ll have to go to another level this weekend because the match between Wauchope and Old Bar was a really good game of footy.

“There weren’t too many missed tags and the girls were throwing the ball around a bit too.”

It is a similar situation to what the Breakers found themselves in 12 months ago, but this time the coach was hoping it would be different.

He admitted they had “cruised” through the finals last year.

To guard against complacency, Port City have had trial matches against the over-27 Mid North Coast representative oztag side to ensure they will be battle hardened.

“We’ve played a few games against them and watched plenty of video as well,” Roach said.

“It can be really hard to keep the girls level-headed and keep that intensity up, but it all starts at training.”

Since moving from the forwards to five-eighth, Jazzy Wilbow had played a major role in the Breakers successful season.

“Her control has been really good along with Di Lawrence,” Roach said.

Mel Norup and Shelby Grainger will miss the clash, but the Breakers will welcome Amy Goodman back into the side.

Kick-off is at 11am at Regional Stadium.

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