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Echuca steadier shooting the breeze

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July 31, 2017

Strong winds made shooting difficult at Princess Park, but it was Echuca that would prove most accurate and gather a significant victory.

Strong winds made shooting difficult at Princess Park, but it was Echuca that would prove most accurate and gather a significant victory.

Murray Bombers shooter Lisa Drysdale was at her best as she combined with Olivia Hannon, with coach Casey Frame pleased they could turn around some inconsistency in previous weeks.

‘‘They were trying conditions with the wind, but our goalies really stood up and I’m rapt for them,’’ she said.

‘‘Liv’s shooting accuracy was around 65 per cent and Drysie’s was up around the mid-70s, which in those conditions was really good for a goalie to shoot well in.’’

Just percentage keeps Echuca out of the six as the Swans are only two points inside the top bracket.

The Murray Bombers were eight goals ahead at the main break as the home side continued to try combinations that could be be pivotal during finals.

Katamatite premiership player Ria Hodge stepped into goal attack, allowing playing coach Jana Bruinier to head into the midcourt with captain Nat Simpson absent.

Swans midcourt player Shinea Sali said the coach was in fine form.

‘‘She started in goals and then put herself in the midcourt and played awesome, wherever she plays she is probably our most steady player,’’ Sali said.

The reigning Picola District league Lukies medallist said she adapted her game to suit the conditions to ensure delivering into the circle was capitalised on.

‘‘I just pretty much said to the goalers I’m not throwing any long balls, they’ll be short and sharp with the wind, but Echuca were on and played one of their best games and we were off,’’ she said.

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