After United success, third is the word

August 21, 2017

Away from home: Shepparton United's Sarah Bohn sends off a quick pass before making a bee-line to the circle.

Moving on: Shepparton United's Elle Brooks makes the best of a situation, bringing the ball back to her side's advantage.

Quick reflexes: Moooroopna's Kate Fletcher grabs the ball a split second before Shepparton United's Kirsty Hommes can reach it.

Shepparton United produced one of its most complete performances of the year to defeat a defiant Mooroopna.

The Cats are out of finals contention, but they still gave the Demons enough troubles to keep them on their toes.

But with the win securing third spot, United captain Kirsty Hommes said her side was stable each quarter.

‘‘It was a consistent game where we consolidated a lot of our training,’’ she said.

‘‘We were really unsure coming into Mooroopna how we’d go, knowing Mooroopna had to win to even have a chance (at finals) and we had to win to consolidate third.’’

Shepparton United broke away in the second quarter to be five goals ahead at half-time as Kara Dawes made a consistent impact for the Demons.

Hommes praised the veteran and her efforts to minimise mistakes as the attacking end continues smooth out any problems heading into finals.

‘‘She’s (Dawes) definitely brought her error count down, which is a huge bonus with her as she’s so agile and dynamic in the centre,’’ she said.

‘‘Jess (Barnes-Hill) and Sarah (Bohn) worked really well and their combination in the circle was quite fluent.’’

Teenager Elle Brooks also did a stirling job on Mooroopna playing coach Jenni McCluskey, as the under-17 GVL representative looks set to play finals for the Demons’ top side.

McCluskey was pleased with her side’s intent as Monique Lenehan-Moustafa re-entered the fold.

‘‘It was absolutely fantastic having her back in goal attack, we missed her and she shot well,’’ McCluskey said.

‘‘I don’t think any of us were out there not wanting to win, we wanted to nicely finish off the season ... but we weren’t able to get over the line.’’

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