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Bears climb to second on ladder

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June 26, 2017

Shepparton's Steph Gorrie (pictured) and Kim Commane had an eye in for 61 goals on Saturday, the Bears highest score for the season.

Shepparton has jumped into second spot on the GVL table after toppling a persistent Tatura.

Despite the Bears extending their lead at every break, the Bulldogs maintained an admirable defensive effort against a tough attacking circle.

Kim Commane and Steph Gorrie led the way for Shepparton in attack, piling on 61 goals for the Bears’ highest total this season.

Grace Egan was superb for the winning side through the midcourt as Emila Howley starred as part of Tatura’s seven.

Shepparton United’s loss at the hands of Echuca was the catalyst for Shepparton’s move up a spot, now holding a four-point buffer on the Demons.

Mansfield gained a scent of victory against Rochester and gave its all to make sure the Eagles could enjoy their first win of the season.

Neither side could draw away in the first quarter before Mansfield built a three-goal buffer heading into the half-time.

It was the only break either team could make for the game with the Eagles able to withstand pressure to be on the right side of a 39-36 scoreline.

The victory marks Emily Hutchins’ first since taking control of Mansfield at the start of the season with Caitlyn Degaris, Jessica Walker and Amy Dixon-Reilly those headlining the win.

The four points gives the Eagles a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon with Seymour sitting on the same points.

Shepparton Swans took care of the Lions by 11 goals at Kings Park on Saturday with a dominant display of team work seeing Jana Bruinier’s side finish the job.

Kate Jeffery and Nat Simpson continued their stellar season with the pair producing another performance which saw it control the midcourt as Kristy Down and Olivia Mason bookended the court.

The game was tight up until half-time with Seymour trailing by just a goal, but the Swans took charge after the break.

Keeping the Lions to just nine second half goals, the Swans won 41-30 to be sitting in the top four.

Having defeated Shepparton United last week, Benalla could not follow up with another upset win against Kyabram.

The Saints fell behind from the first quarter, with the Bombers not dropping off at any stage as quick movement into Elle Groves and Belinda Lees saw the scoreboard ticking over.

Holly Butler was Kyabram’s best by playing with unrivalled pace, while Ashleigh Feehan toiled hard for Benalla.

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