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Dees do it for 1967 premiership heroes

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August 21, 2017

Cat-astrophe: United's Matt Di Bella beats Mooroopna's Ash Thomspon to the football on Saturday.

Up there Neaves: United ruckman Shane Neaves gets first hands on the ball against Mooroopna budding star Ajak Dang.

Shepparton United claimed its fourth win of the season after making light work of Mooroopna in front its 1967 premiership heroes.

The 40-year reunion brought players together from far and wide to watch former AFL ruckman Luke Lowden put on a four-goal clinic.

Lowden, who kicked the first two goals of the game, led from the front as United extended its lead at every break for a 55-point success.

Jack Norman and Matt Di Bella also kicked two goals each for United, who had 10 individual goalkickers in what was their biggest win this year.

With both sides locked on three wins heading into Saturday’s clash, it presented an opportunity for either side to potentially register their last win of the season, with United jumping the Cats into 10th on the table.

‘‘It was a fantastic effort for the boys, we pretty much had the game won by half-time,’’ United coach Peter Sheehan said.

‘‘You can usually tell within the first few minutes how you are going to be and from the outset, I could tell we were on.

‘‘It was a big win in the grand scheme of things, it gives a bit of confidence for us going forward and it looks better in the wins and losses column.’’

Matthew Spangher and Shane Sali also returned to add some much-needed experience to United’s defence.

‘‘It has been a tough year for the boys, but they keep showing up and keep training and then it is very much worth it when you get another win on the board,’’ Sheehan said.

‘‘My weekend is a whole lot better and I am sure the players have a better weekend off the back of a win.’’

Tasmanian export Clint Riley was again one of the Cats’ better players as Lachie Devine and Ben Hicks gallantly worked hard in the midfield.

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