Three-peat sets up se­nior push

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TARA Breen’s im­pres­sive ju­nior net­ball ca­reer came to a close in stun­ning fash­ion a fort­night ago when she claimed her third con­sec­u­tive un­der 16s best and fairest in front of 180 peo­ple at the Ablett Pavil­ion.

Breen, who cap­tained the side this year, said her on court lead­er­ship was the big­gest im­prove­ment in her game.

Play­ing in a range of po­si­tions she racked up five best on courts and shot 62 goals at above 60 per cent.

“I en­joyed be­ing able to help the young girls while get­ting to know them, which was some­thing dif­fer­ent,” she said.

“It is fairly so­cial club and we all get along so well which has made it easy for us to get to work to­gether.”

The un­der 16s saw im­prove­ments this year with Breen as cap­tain, win­ning two games, up from zero in 2017 and one in 2016.

“It was re­ally good to fi­nally get a win and felt great, some re­ward for a lot of ef- fort,” Breen said.

“It would be great to get some (more) team suc­cess be­cause we all work so hard, I feel like we de­serve to get some wins next sea­son (in all grades).”

Breen con­sid­ered mak­ing the per­ma­nent jump up to the se­nior ranks this year, but with good num­bers across the board she was happy to re- main at ju­nior level where she again ex­celled.

The year 11 stu­dent ap­peared in C Grade on a hand­ful of oc­ca­sions and also sat on the bench for the B Grade fi­nals cam­paign, an ex­pe­ri­ence that will hold her in good stead for the climb into se­nior ranks for sea­son 2019.

“I think it will be a pretty easy tran­si­tion for me, I went to school younger so a lot of my friends are in those teams al­ready,” Breen said.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to push­ing my­self and see­ing how I go.”

The tal­ented sportsper­son has also played bas­ket­ball for Myrtle­ford at both rep­re­sen­ta­tive and CBL level.

TOP EF­FORT: Myrtle­ford ris­ing star Tara Breen shows off her third con­sec­u­tive un­der 16 net­ball best and fairest award. She will make the step up to se­nior ranks in 2019.

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