Dees bent on claiming third

August 04, 2017

Shepparton United captain Kirsty Hommes has needed to swap from goal defence to goal keeper recently with injuries to two Demons who have occupied the position this year.

A win against Seymour tomorrow will guarantee Shepparton United a spot in the Goulburn Valley League finals.

Although sitting in third position, the Demons are just two games above seventh-placed Echuca.

With no guarantees against Mooroopna and reigning premier Kyabram after the bye, captain Kirsty Hommes said the side had eyes on third spot.

‘‘If we can get that win (against Seymour) on the board that’ll hopefully seal us in third and it’s something that we’re hoping to secure because it’s one of the better places to finish to get the first win on the board in finals,’’ she said.

Injuries have troubled the side since it started the season firing, as importantly the Demons banked wins in the first six games of the season.

Goal keeper Megan Trevaskis ruled herself out for the season with a foot injury, as B-grade player Louise Richards ably stepped up.

But Richards has also been struck with a calf issue, while teenage star Laura Cole competed in under-17s and A-grade last week.

Conscious of how many top tier games Cole can play before she is ineligible for the junior grade, Hommes said it was still unclear whether she would play this week.

Hommes moved from her normal goal defender position to goal keeper to try and lessen the impact of Richards’ loss, gaining 14 intercepts in the process against Tatura.

Notorious for changing around positions United coach Di Hanslow has also thrown Kate Durling back from the midcourt into goal attack.

Hommes said it was unlikely Hanslow would have a clear starting seven for the finals.

‘‘I don’t think she’ll settle on a line-up, a lot of it depends on teams we play and more so trialling all the combinations before finals and knowing that something will probably need to be changed then, so at least we’ll be in combinations we’ve been in before,’’ she said.

Regardless of who steps into the defensive end, Hommes said the Lions’ attack would take some pace to stop.

Although United beat Seymour by 37 goals at the start of the season, the Lions will be a vastly different side to come up against.

Meg Grbac was absent for that match up, but the defender has been in superb form and will not be daunted by lining up against whoever Hanslow puts on the court.

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