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Lions primed to take scalp

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July 28, 2017

Seymour Lions will be a tight unit as it attempts to prevail over Mooroopna Cats on Saturday.

Seymour is in with a winning chance if it can push Mooroopna to the end, with the Cats losing yet another tight match last week.

A one-goal loss to Echuca marked the seventh game Jenni McCluskey’s side has lost by less than five goals.

With the Murray Bombers and Mooroopna among the host of sides hunting down a spot in the top six, the Cats can’t afford another close loss.

But the Lions pose a dangerous side to overcome, having only lost to Mooroopna by five goals in round four.

Laura Carland has her team sitting on three consecutive wins, playing its best netball as its season begins to draw to a close.

Mooroopna’s scalp would be its biggest this year with Georgia Engel in defence and Carland in goals forming strong bookends.

Following a tough outing against Shepparton, Euroa starts favourites when it makes the trip to Rochester.

Playing coach Laura Emanuelli comes back into the side and is a much-needed boost in the attacking end after the Magpies struggled to score against the Bears.

Putting on just five goals in the first quarter and 11 in the first half, the magic Emanuelli and Deanne Tuppen provided was missing.

But leading into the bye, four points against Rochester would lessen the pressure on the Magpies’ chance of making finals, as they are fortunate enough to have a run home of bottom four sides.

Tatura should pose enough of a challenge to keep Shepparton United on its toes this weekend, despite the difference in ladder positions.

The Demons are third, but only defeated Mansfield by 23 goals at Deakin Reserve last week, a lot less than what top sides Kyabram, Shepparton and Shepparton Swans have achieved.

Bulldogs midcourt ace Jacquie James will be up against a tough combination of United stalwarts Kara Dawes and Bree Hanslow.

The Eagles host the Bombers this weekend after Belinda Lees’ side trounced Mansfield by 49 goals in round four.

Lees is confident her side can again secure a comfortable victory as Lauren Pryde returns to join Ash Mangan in defence.

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