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After Dee-peat

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September 22, 2017

Shepparton United's Jack Norman in action.

Shepparton United won its first Goulburn Valley League under-18 premiership since 1984 last year.

On Sunday, the Demons will aim to go back-to-back.

With about 12 Demons from last year’s premiership side to tackle Kyabram on Sunday, coach Des Hick is confident of repeating the feat.

‘‘There is a pretty good vibe at the moment, all the young kids have worked hard all season and, hopefully, the reward pays off,’’ Hicks said.

‘‘We have a good opportunity to make it two in a row and with a similar squad to last year, it shows the future bodes well for United.’’

The Demons will also be boasted with the likes of senior regulars Jack Norman and Josh Kerzele in the side.

Norman has kicked six goals in his past two finals for United, while Kerzele has four to his name.

‘‘We have had 12 kids play senior football this year and that is due to the position we are in, it is great to expose them to that level,’’ Hicks said.

‘‘I think maybe Kyabram could have had a similar amount if their senior side was in a similar position.’’

The Bombers, who finished on top, have only lost twice this season in consecutive weeks against a United side bolstered with its senior regulars returning before finals.

Tony McDonell’s side lost to the Demons by 14 points in round 18 and 32 points in the qualifying final.

‘‘We take a bit out of those games, they just got the better of us, but we know that we need to step up our pressure and attack on the contest and that should hold us in good stead,’’ McDonell said.

‘‘The are a strong side around the midfield, they will probably look to move the ball quickly, but I feel that even though we are tall, we are a versatile side.’’

Coby McCarthy is expected have a significant impact on the contest after finishing runners-up in thePattison Medal.

McCarthy has kicked 34 goals this season, but McDonell will not rest his side’s hopes on the prolific ball user’s young shoulders.

‘‘I’ve just told the boys to enjoy the week, share the load and if we play as a team we should be able to give it a red-hot crack,’’ McDonell said.

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