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Victory for Brothers Hurricanes

Alloway's Bridine Dempsey avoids Brothers Hurricanes' defence at Daph Geddes Park.
Alloway's Bridine Dempsey avoids Brothers Hurricanes' defence at Daph Geddes Park. Max Fleet

SECOND-season club side Brothers Hurricanes are hoping to strike down a few more victims after finally shedding their maiden status with a spirited 38-35 victory over Alloway I in their Bundaberg Division 1 fourth round clash.

Proud coach and club development officer Di Barrett said they started strongly and led at every quarter but still had to dig deep.

"We kept building on the lead but let them back into it in the third quarter but they have been together for a long time and are a strong side, so it was very exciting.

"The girls played very well but there's still room for improvement which is the good thing," Barrett said.

Barrett said captain Krystal Rouvray, who is one of their oldest players in a very young side despite being in her mid-20s, set the bar high.

"Krystal showed her leadership skills - she played for the (Wide Bay) Thundercats team and she led by example - she was really good and certainly helped lift the rest of the team," she said.

"Krystal was a foundation member but was in Division 2 last year, is also secretary of the club and she does a lot of work. She was rewarded with a position in Division 1 on the back of her State League form and she just continues to improve.

"Karly Barrett, a grade 12 student, also stood out, driving the attack end at goal and wing attack. Her experience in the Wide Bay Regional Academy side last year certainly improved her game.

"Also Teagan Illingsworth played goal keeper the whole game and was solid in rebounds - we did one training on rebounds and it was good to see her put it into practice with improvement at training and putting training into play, and she continued to grow through the game."

Barrett said despite the team's tough initiation, she continued to develop both the skills of their players and coaches and the club had laid a strong foundation under president Paul Kirchner.

"In Division 1, some players moved away for uni but we had a couple of new players come across and a semi-final this year would be icing on the cake. Top four would be an improvement on last year," she said.

"That's how we want to do it as a committee, one step at a time. From our perspective we always had a five-year plan in place - it was never about winning straight up.

"It was always a building phase and a talking phase, talking to them and saying there are still areas to work on and they have."

Topics:  brothers hurricanes netball



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