Swans keen to clinch points

July 14, 2017

Euroa's Kali Frost puts her own individual slant on wing attack in her first year in the position after being a star shooter.

Shepparton Swans are hoping for a repeat of their round-two performance against Euroa.

That is a repeat of everything except the final four minutes of the match when the Magpies swooped for a one-goal win.

But Swans coach Jana Bruinier said much had changed since that capitulation.

‘‘I think we’ve come a long way since round two, they’ve got a young team, so we’d consider that they would have grown as well,’’ Bruinier said.

‘‘We’ve grown lots in maturity and the ability to play out our matches and have got over the line in close tussles since then.

‘‘I certainly felt like we let it go in the last four minutes, so I’m hoping that doesn’t happen again.’’

The Swans have moved to third position on the ladder, sitting on equal points with the fourth-placed Benalla.

With Kyabram and Shepparton almost locked in first and second, the battle for the advantageous third position should continue until the end of the season.

Six rounds remain, but Bruinier is still sorting out the best positions that will suit her side come finals time.

‘‘I’ve still been trying a few things out, I’ve got combinations I can go to confidently, but we’re still working on some new and different things,’’ she said.

Bruinier is pleased her midcourt can swap around positions seamlessly, allowing the fresh legs to always be an option.

Tomorrow she may consider swapping a few players onto Kali Frost, with the star Magpies shooter playing her first year in wing attack.

‘‘She’s a great, creative attacker, a bit like (Australian Diamond) Susan Pettitt, a bit unorthodox, but given her skill level and ability to read the play, she can develop a lot of clean play with their goal shooter (Deanne Tuppen) being such a great target,’’ Bruinier said.

Euroa coach Laura Emanuelli agreed Frost was making up the rules of wing attack as she went, but said it might just provide a slight advantage.

‘‘Kali and I have had so many laughs on the court, she’s trying to find her feet a bit as well, so she plays differently from week to week,’’ she said.

‘‘There’s no set pattern in her play, sometimes she plays a lot off instinct... I thought that I would sort of go onto the wings more than her, but she’s settled in there.’’

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