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Sliding Cats fast running out of lives

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June 16, 2017

Defender Ash Lancaster in action for Mooroopna Cats.

Mooroopna’s encounter with Rochester will go a long way to showing the Cats’ true colours.

Jenni McCluskey’s side is looking to break a four-game losing streak, having struggled when taking on the best teams in the Goulburn Valley League.

Two points out of the top six, a game against the Tigers in the bottom four will not be an assured victory.

While Rochester has only defeated Seymour this season, it has remained fiercely competitive.

Having stayed close to a host of top six sides for a half, the Tigers need to start putting together more consistent games.

But Mooroopna will be keen to create some scoreboard pressure early to test how long Rochester can stay with them.

A sprightly Euroa will try and use its youthful exuberance when it comes up against Kyabram tomorrow.

The Magpies have a spot in the top six, despite being full of young players.

But the teenagers are being given time to settle into the side and not forced to bear the brunt of the load with a supreme attacking end holding down the fort.

Playing coach Laura Emanuelli was yet again a fixture in her side’s best last week.

After Deanne Tuppen was coaxed to join Euroa this year, the attacking circle has been a highlight.

The Magpies have scored 368 goals this season, behind only Kyabram and Shepparton United.

But the side needs to shore up its defence, particularly against a Bombers outfit raring to improve on last week.

While Belinda Lees’ squad beat Mooroopna by 16 goals, it was far from its best.

Shepparton Swans kept Mansfield to just 17 goals last week and coach Jana Bruinier will be hoping Tiarna Steel can bring the same defensive pressure against Tatura.

Rather than a quick start, the Bulldogs will be working on finishing the game strongly having let a lead slip against Echuca last week.

Shepparton hosts Mansfield winless Mansfield to complete the round.

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