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Dogs sterner test

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April 13, 2018

Sophie Atkinson has had a seamless return to the Goulburn Valley League, in her first season with Shepparton Swans.

Shepparton Swans showed enough in the opening round to prove they cannot be taken lightly this season.

With recruits sending the side’s potential skyrocketing on paper, Jana Bruinier’s squad lived up to expectations against Mansfield.

Having comfortably accounted for a rebuilding Eagles outfit, the Swans face a Tatura side that has had a week to recover from its one-goal defeat at the hands of Echuca.

The Bulldogs showed themselves to be the better side against Echuca, but fell into the ways of last year by being unable to close out the tight match.

With the Swans the away side tomorrow, both teams should convert any delivery coming into their hands.

Shooter Brylee Schache was brilliant in her first game for the Bulldogs, showing the Victorian Netball League player has plenty to add in the Goulburn Valley League.

With great midcourt entry from Danielle Cornwell and Paigan Impey, the Swans’ defence will need plenty of discipline coming from Julie Telford and Tiarna Steel.

Tatura had a seven-goal lead against the Murray Bombers at three-quarter-time and moving into a similar position tomorrow would be a fantastic outcome given the experience of the Swans.

Echuca United premiership player Sophie Atkinson needed no time to acclimatise back to the pressures of GVL, having previously played for Shepparton United.

Dominating the circle, co-coaches Molly Boyle and Emma Ryan will have their work cut out for them particularly as pin-point passing comes from Bruinier and veteran Nat Simpson.

The match marks a difficult opening three games for Tatura, who will face highly fancied Shepparton next round.

But with prolific scoring last week, the Bulldogs showed they can catch any side that dares underestimate them.

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