The Breakers surged home to secure their spot in the final with three consecutive wins but key players Dom Simpson (knee), Brett Matzuka (international work commitments) and captain John McNaughton (groin) have all been ruled out of the decider.
In their place come three Brisbane locals with strong pedigrees, Alex Leask, Elliott Cook and Rebekah Ziegman.
Brisbane’s co-coach Tam Davis admitted the loss of three crucial players was not ideal, but backed the incoming trio to make an immediate connection with their Breakers teammates.
“Alex and Elliott were both in the (Brisbane) Mammoth team that beat Sydney team Colony in the final at nationals this year,” she said.
“So they have a good history of beating Sydney teams.
“They also both have good connections to the vast majority of the team, growing up playing with them.
“We have chosen a very local Brisbane team – we are relying on the in-built connections that they already have.”
Ziegman is also no stranger to the Breakers outfit, lining up for the AUL side in their maiden campaign in 2018.
“She is also a Brisbane Stalwart and has played with everyone,” Davis said.
“She is a similar player to Dom, although Dom is a bit more of a handler and she is a bit more of a cutter.”
Rebekah Ziegman (pictured above)
Bekah is a stalwart of the Queensland frisbee community, a veteran of the women’s team Fuse, played for Ellipsis at the 2018 World Club Championships and has several Australian caps to her name.
Those include representation at the under-23 World Champs, Beach World Champs and she recently returned from this year’s Asia-Oceanic Championships.
Bekah also represented the Brisbane Breakers in season 2018.
Alex represented Australia at the WFDF U24 World Championships held in Perth last year. His club side is Mammoth in Brisbane and Leask brings athleticism and a strong vertical leap to the Breakers outfit.
Aussie Dingo and former under-24 representative, Cook brings plenty to the table for the Breakers as well.
Cook also lined up for Australia at the recent WFDF Asia-Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Championships and he is no stranger to his new teammates – or the opposition in front of him.
The Australian Ultimate League grand final will be taking place between the Sydney Suns and Brisbane Breakers on October 12, 2019 at Leichhardt Oval, Sydney.