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Big Luke uses the force

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July 03, 2017

Luke Lowden booted three majors in the final term on Saturday, adding to his previous three goals and hand in Shepparton United reversing its deficit to Shepparton Swans.

It was a tale of two forwards on Saturday.

Luke Lowden did it from all angles with six goals for Shepparton United, including three in the final term, while Nathan Terlich let the mental demons get inside his head, kicking 2.5 and one out on the full for the Shepparton Swans.

As a result, United overturned an 18-point deficit in the second quarter to earn a 33-point win at Princess Park.

In a scrappy affair, Lowden finally kicked the game’s first goal 10 minutes in, before Terlich responded with two of his own before the first break.

Dylan Kerr coolly converted his set shot to give the Swans an 18-point lead, before Kyle Clarke’s long bomb got the ball rolling for United.

The Demons then kicked seven of the game’s next eight goals, before Shaun Bennie, Jordan Gattuso and Andrew Riordan goaled to get the Swans back within six points.

However, it was all United from there on with Peter Sheehan’s side dominating the final term, keeping the Swans goalless while kicking four of their own.

Lowden, Matt Spangher, Daniel Bowles, Angus Hicks and Clarke all returned to the fold for United this week.

‘‘I thought they were fantastic, it was a really tough game and I thought our leaders were able to get us over the line,’’ Sheehan said.

‘‘Luke was on fire down there, he was able to kick them from every angle and I think that gave a lot of the other boys confidence going forward.’’

With only nine points the difference at three-quarter-time, Swans coach Paul Griffiths urged his troops to play on at all costs and take the game on, but his message fell on deaf ears.

With a host of injuries at the Swans, Griffiths lamented the club’s lack of depth.

‘‘I am not one to make excuses, I am always pretty positive, but we just do not have the cattle at the moment,’’ Griffiths said.

‘‘We have a lot of players out and we just have no depth, no-one to choose from in the reserves and we had to bring some kids in.

‘‘Don’t get me wrong I am happy to play kids, but they are genuine 16 and 17-year-olds trying to mix it with men.’’

Swans captain BJ Squire was again sensational for his side in the midfield, while youngster Tyreece Collison threw all of his 55kg on the line.

‘‘For a kid that small he has courage, he stands his ground, attacks the football and has a really good go at it,’’ Griffiths said.

‘‘In saying that, he is not stupid with his courage and then there is BJ who is just a warhorse, he gives you everything every week.’’

Scores

Shepparton Swans 2.5, 4.6, 8.10, 8.13 (61)

Shepparton United 1.5, 7.7, 10.7, 14.10 (94)

Adem Barolli’s best

Shepparton Swans: Nathan Terlich, BJ Squire, Chris Cullinan, Quade Johnstone, Tyreece Collison, Jayden Clarke.

Shepparton United: Luke Lowden, Harrison Osborn, Jack Norman, Matt Spangher, Sam Burls.

Goals

Shepparton Swans: Shaun Bennie 2, Nathan Terlich 2, BJ Squire, Jordan Gattuso, Andrew Riordan, Dylan Kerr.

Shepparton United: Luke Lowden 6, Josh Kerzerle, Harrison Osborn, Jack Norman, Matt Waight, Reid Crowe, Jye Chalcraft, Kyle Clarke, Matt Di Bella.

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