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Demons should be ready to breathe fire

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April 13, 2018

Shepparton United will host Benalla in a match that has Di Hanslow’s side in the box seat to win its second game of the season.

The Demons have all the potential of progressing as far as they did last season making matters difficult for a young Saints side.

Pip O’Donoghue may be able to prey on Shepparton United when Hanslow is filtering through a long list of combinations she is sure to try out this season.

As the creative coach is willing to trial changes in high pressure games — exemplified by debuting Olivia Kirby in last year’s semi-final — its third match of the season is unlikely to see a settled seven.

Isobelle Bradford has been a handy acquisition through the midcourt and will go head-to-head with Kelsey Pallpratt who will look to lead the Saints through the middle this year.

With plenty of patience for rebuilding sides O’Donoghue will be content to see her side gradually make improvements.

Rochester and Mooroopna should contest one of the tightest games of the round.

The Tigers will be better for the run against Shepparton last week, despite a final margin of 15 goals.

Playing coach Linda Rasmussen, Bridgette Holt and Sahra Brooks will all be integral, while the Cats have again shown they should once again in the finals mix.

Kings Park has become a fearful road trip once more with Echuca making the journey to Seymour after a week off.

Despite a one-goal win to start the year, the Murray Bombers were costly with possession and will need to be wary of this again with any loose ball pounced on by the Lions.

In the final match of the round, Shepparton should gather its first win away from Deakin Reserve this season.

The Bears will be eager to make the two-hour road trip to the high country well worth it and should secure a sizeable victory against Mansfield.

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