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Swans’ time to seize moment

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August 25, 2017

Shepparton Swans goaler Olivia Mason is battling through an ankle injury to continue to perform for her side.

There is only one option for the Shepparton Swans tomorrow — win against Rochester or else a certain finals position has been lost.

Jana Bruinier’s side travels to Moon Oval to face a team that is threatening when in form.

While the Tigers have just four wins this season, Clare Shalders’ team is never an easy victory especially when playing at home.

But injuries depleting Rochester, the Swans should rise to the occasion and keep fifth spot, although Bruinier still knows not to treat the opposition lightly.

‘‘Rochy are a danger team if you underestimate them, they’ve beaten a couple in the top six and we need to not underestimate their ability especially with the importance of the game to make top six,’’ she said.

But unlike many sides, the trip to the Tigers’ courts is of no concern.

‘‘As a rule people say it’s harder to play away, but I think we’ve played better away than home, if you look at our record we’ve won more away than home, so it’s more about if you prepare properly,’’ Bruinier said.

The Swans have registered five away victories and just four at home.

Bruinier has a full side available as shooter Olivia Mason battles through a minor ankle injury to continue to play an integral role in the shooting circle.

‘‘We really need to go in with that intensity and not to look at them as a team in ninth, but to look at them like the Shepp Bears, like a team in second,’’ she said.

‘‘We need a win to get into finals and want to come into the finals feeling good about our performance.’’

Rochester is a motivated team, always eager to better its position and looking to equal last year’s win tally of five.

Having defeated Euroa and Mooroopna this season, many teams have seen Rochester as a real test.

But Shalders said it was disappointing to not have her starting seven to finish off the season.

‘‘I hope that’s what people think when we’re at full strength (that we’re dangerous),’’ she said.

‘‘On our day we beat Mooroopna and can challenge many sides and it’s really sad that we’ve had to finish of these last few weeks not being able to put out our whole team.

‘‘I think that they (players) have across the board progressed and there have been improvements across the grades.’’

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