While Shepparton United may have lost by 15 goals to rival Shepparton, the game marked a turning point for the Demons.
Di Hanslow’s side has been lacking cohesion and stability recently resulting in it losing the past four games in a row.
But United captain Kirsty Hommes said the side should start to pick up after showing some positive signs in attack.
‘‘We definitely played the best game that we’ve played in the last couple of games so we’re for sure really happy with our performance,’’ she said.
‘‘It was the first game of the season for both (teams) playing in the wet so it took us a little bit of time to get used to that process of not being able to run like you want to.’’
United was slow to start the match at Deakin Reserve, down by seven goals at the first break.
With issues in their attacking end coming to the fore recently, Sarah Bohn and Jessie Barnes-Hill started to show more cohesion in attack particularly with strong delivery coming from Kara Dawes.
The Demons have found an adequate replacement for Megan Trevaskis who will miss the rest of the season with injury, with Louise Richards stepping into goal keeper from B-grade.
With the Bears nine goals up at half time, Shepparton coach Tracey Brereton said she believed the Demons were close to returning to their form shown earlier in the season.
The Bears fell to United by eight goals in the opening game of the year, turning the scoreline around dramatically since then.
‘‘We had a few different players than the first time around and I suppose heaps has changed (since then),’’ Brereton said.
Shepparton has now won 10 games in a row with Kyabram the only team it has failed to beat this season, but Brereton said despite the streak, no game has come easy.
‘‘They’ve been just hard working wins, nothing has come easy and I think all the other teams would say that as well...I can’t believe it’s 10 wins.’’
With Morgan Gibson unavailable Brereton brought in Ovens and Murray rising star Nakita Singe to play a major role in goal defence for a one-off match..
Olivia Osborne and shooter Kim Commane were also in fine form for the Bears as the side made the most of its turnovers to secure a sizeable win.
Shepparton 58 def Shepparton United 43