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Rusty Southerners unable to take full points

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August 01, 2017

Shepparton South's women's team was unable to capitalise on its chances against Spring Gully at the weekend.

Shepparton South had its chances against Spring Gully, but could only manage a 1-1 draw in BASL’s women’s championship.

Playing in just its second game in four weeks due to two byes, coach Uwe Paffrath said the link in connections was missing after time off.

‘‘It was a bit disappointing that it ended up a draw, we had a lot of opportunities to go further and take out the three points, but to our opposition’s credit they defended really well and tightly making it difficult to find the passes we wanted,’’ he said.

While Spring Gully went one up at the 19th minute of the first half, Brioni Serafini drew the scores level by the break.

Although South was unable to score again, keeping its opposition quiet was a testament to Megan Hansen’s efforts in defence, with Paffrath saying his backs were working smoothly together.

‘‘We’ve got a very good structure down there in defence and they were very strong once again,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re very young, so we hope to keep them for a number of years so they can get stronger every year.

‘‘They’re strong and agile which is great, it’s just a matter of having that strong mental capacity to last the full 90 minutes, but we’re definitely heading in the right direction.’’

Only a game off the top four, Paffrath said finals were firmly on the agenda.

‘‘We just need consistency, the girls have definitely got the idea of how we want to play, but we just need to get some consistency and that should deliver us hopefully into the finals,’’ he said.

While it was Shepparton United’s turn for the bye, top side Epsom crushed Golden City 16-0, while Eaglehawk and Moama-Echuca Border Raiders also took home wins.

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