A Tracey Brereton spray spurred Shepparton onto a win against Echuca on Saturday.
The Murray Bombers put in a performance that again showed how threatening they could be should they secure the final spot in September.
An exhilarating first half from Casey Frame’s players treated fans at Deakin Reserve to an entertaining spectacle.
A tight first quarter had the Bears just two goals up at the first break, while the second term had Echuca produce one of its best 15-minute periods of the season.
Echuca smoothly moved the ball into attack as Lisa Drysdale was as accurate as always.
‘‘Things just went well, everything was timed well, our defenders really stepped up under the pressure and we converted well in attack,’’ Frame said.
While Shepparton gained a small lead in the term, the determination of its opposition pushed the Murray Bombers ahead 26-25 at half-time.
Echuca was in with a chance of causing another upset victory similar to last week’s win against the Shepparton Swans.
But Brereton revved up her players at the break, as some positional changes were also effective.
‘‘I probably haven’t given them much this year in terms of large sprays, I just haven’t really needed to,’’ Brereton said.
‘‘But I made some positional changes and that saw a change.’’
Steph Gorrie moved into goal attack and Morgan Gibson took the court in goal keeper, while Laura Ryan moved into centre.
The moves worked for the Bears as Frame said her young outfit could not contend with the added experience.
‘‘After the match I said ‘don’t be disappointed in the game, we showed we can absolutely match it with them’, it was just a lack of concentration and decision making with some passes ... we just threw balls into their hands too much,’’ she said.
‘‘I was happy with three quarters of effort, but you can’t win a game against one of the top teams with that.’’
Echuca’s star midcourter Erin Hill rolled her ankle in the last quarter, forcing her from the court, although Frame was hopeful she would be fit to return after the week off.
The Murray Bombers remain out of the six on percentage, but Brereton said they could be a danger side should they make finals.
‘‘I was impressed with Echuca and I think if they can get in the finals they can do some damage,’’ she said.
‘‘They always have a never-say-die attitude.’’
Brereton was impressed with the performance of all her players on Saturday, but was particularly pleased with Kim Commane’s shooting and the work of Ashley Bradley in goal defence.