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Demons can try new tricks with double chance

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September 08, 2017

Shepparton United captain Kirsty Hommes says her team needs to come out firing in the first quarter against Kyabram tomorrow.

Should Shepparton United accomplish a major feat by stunning Kyabram, a grand final spot will await.

With a meeting against the Bombers at Rochester tomorrow, the Demons face a difficult road of progressing straight to the decider.

Their last contest in round 18 was cut short due to a faulty goal post at Deakin Reserve, leaving United unable to test any new ideas.

But Demons captain Kirsty Hommes said it would be up to coach Di Hanslow if it was too late to use trial and error tomorrow.

‘‘We’re going in with no pressure and know we can try any combinations, knowing we have a second chance,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve got a few things up our sleeve, but we’ve got two hard games ahead of us (no matter how the second semi-final turns out).

‘‘There were a lot of things Di wanted to try in the last round, but couldn’t because the game was called off, I don’t know if she will try them this week.’’

Although the most recent match lasted just more than a quarter, there was one crucial error the Demons are hopeful of avoiding.

‘‘In the quarter-and-a-half that we played they really got the jump and we want to make sure we come out firing, if we have a slow start, they’re going to be hard to peg back,’’ Hommes said.

After defeating Echuca last week to secure the second chance, Kate Durling had a major influence on the game when she put on the wing defence bib.

Her influence may have the former captain start on court, as Hanslow again looks to play her young stars Laura Cole and Elle Brooks.

Durling slowed down the state of play, which helped improve the effectiveness of passes as her teammates took the time to make better choices.

But regardless of the result the Demons have a guaranteed preliminary final appearance they can look forward to.

Having finished third and winning against the Murray Bombers, a match-up against the winner of the Shepparton Swans and Shepparton clash will await, should they not be the first team to defeat the Bombers this year.

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