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Found a winner this time

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July 24, 2017

Shepparton Swans went one better than their previous match against Benalla this season.

Shepparton Swans went one better than their previous match against Benalla this season.

Having drawn with the Saints in round three, another unflinching game was played out with the Swans prevailing 42-41.

Olivia Mason put aside any pressure at Benalla Showgrounds to shoot truly in the final 10 seconds of the match and give her side the win.

In a tight contest, late turnovers from the home side presented the Swans with opportunities they took to pinch the four points.

Importantly, the win brings the Swans in line with the same win-loss record as Benalla and into the mix to secure the coveted third position.

Swans coach Jana Bruinier said it was an important step as a difficult run towards finals awaits.

‘‘It certainly does relieve a little bit of pressure, it’s still tight, but it helps,’’ she said.

Bruinier was thrilled her side could prevail after her charges had to work their way back from a four-goal deficit at half-time.

‘‘It was a really tight contest, they got on top of us in the second quarter and we made unforced errors and didn’t give our attackers a chance,’’ Bruinier said.

‘‘After that we played a really consistent game across the other three quarters and managed to stay in there.’’

Mason shot 32 of the Swans’ 42 goals and Bruinier said alongside star midcourt player Kate Jeffery the two were her side’s best.

Benalla’s attacking end also proved the highlight with Grace Thomas and Hannah Austin starting to form a strong combination in the circle.

Grace Amarant provided plenty of drive for the home team, but coach Dylan Nexhip said his side faded away slightly after a stellar second half.

But having only fallen a goal short, Nexhip said should the pair meet again his side would not be lacking confidence.

‘‘It was a tight game all game and just really came down to the wire, it could have went either way and it went their way,’’ he said.

‘‘Definitely in finals it’s a different game, they’ve got an unconventional defensive style, so hopefully that’ll work in our favour.’’

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