Banter and hard work a winning formula for Breakaways

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A quick decision to set out on their own has paid huge dividends for Breakaways.

Back in 2011, the coach at Westowen could not devote his time to the club’s A team.

That meant a big call had to be made about whether to shut down the side or establish a new team.

The decision was taken to step out on their own, hence the name Breakaways.

Lorraine Nash took over as captain and Karen Hayden took on the roles of vice-captain and umpire.

And they’ve since guided the team to a glorious run of success, winning every division as they’ve progressed from division five to premier two.

After a slow start last season they soon started to show their quality and finished in fourth place.

Captain Nash said: ‘We didn’t start the season well as we lost a few games.

‘But we have managed to pull together, sign some new players, and have ended up finishing fourth which we are extremely pleased with.

‘Premier two has been a harder and faster-paced division but we are all looking forward to the winter season.’

Nash asks her team to give 100 per cent but is also keen to emphasise they should always enjoy themselves out on court.

She added: ‘I feel netball should be fun and I enjoy meeting up with the girls for a game.

‘We all get along and have great banter together.

‘Commitment and reliability are key when part of a team.’

Vice-captain Hayden believes it is the bond between the players that has helped them achieve their success.

She said: ‘Netball isn’t just about a game, it’s the friendships and respect that you build as part of a team.

‘We have bought our own kits in the past but we are looking into renewing them so we can start afresh in September for the winter league.’

Sue Drysdale and Michelle Evans have forged a super partnership in the shooting circle.

Amy Venton-Nash and Hayden combine fantastically well in defence, while Stacey Grant, Jessica Moon and Nash give their all in every match.

Jessica Ellam, Jennifer Noone and Kym Pritchard were with the team until last season but have different commitments now.

However, new recruits Holly Ellis and Lauren Evans have done well.

If any teams would like a friendly every other week, contact Lorraine at