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Demons play a little bit of mix and match

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June 04, 2018

Spotted: Tatura's Paigan Impey sees past the arms of Shepparton United's Jessie Barnes-Hill.

Covered: Despite opposition pressure Tatura's Madi Davis manages to find a path forward.

Mixing up combinations did not hurt Shepparton United with 22 goals the final winning margin against Tatura.

The Demons were consistent scorers across the match and Jessie Barnes-Hill and Elle Brooks teamed up early before tall goaler Sarah Bohn entered the fold.

The move allowed Brooks to head into goal keeper, where she was forced up against Tatura star Brylee Schache.

While moving the ball into the Bulldogs’ attack was difficult, Schache finished off what came her way as co-coaches Molly Boyle and Emma Ryan also shifted around their players.

Danielle Cornwall, Roey Walls and Ryan each had a turn shooting, with the final term Tatura’s best as it reached double figure goals.

Laura Cole’s drive through centre as well as Olivia Kirby and Kristy Hommes teaming up in defence always kept the Demons in control of the match.

●The first quarter was the difference between winning and losing for the Shepparton Swans against Echuca.

The Murray Bombers blasted to a nine-goal lead at the first change, shooting 18 goals to the Swans’ nine.

That would be the only quarter where either side was able to make major inroads against their opposition with the second and third quarters equal and the Swans winning the fourth term by two goals.

Starting strong allowed Echuca to take the game 54-47, with Sheridan Townrow sensational in goal shooter.

Swans defenders Tiarna Steel and Kristy Down got on top of their opponents in the final term to keep Townrow and Claudia Mawson to 10 goals, while putting on 12 themselves at Princess Park.

A key move for the home side was bringing on Annie Cobbledick to goal attack in the second term as Jana Bruinier’s movement into centre helped turn the game back to level pegging.

Along with Steel, Swans goal shooter Sophie Atkinson was one of her side’s best performers and Sarah Down also impressed through the midcourt.

●Hannah Crawley and Ella Sidebottom shared the load in goals, playing key roles in Shepparton’s 59-36 defeat of Benalla.

Morgan Gibson was sensational in defence and helped keep the Saints to scores of less than 10 goals in three quarters.

With the Bears 15 goals up at half-time, Benalla came out with renewed enthusiasm to produce an even term.

Kelsey Pallpratt, Kylie Relf and Grace Amarant gave their all for the Saints, but like so many sides struggled against the Bears’ talent.

●Kyabram prevailed against Mansfield in a low scoring battle, taking the game 28-15.

The match was bookended by the highest scoring quarters of the day with 13 goals scored in each.

The Eagles took the early lead with a strong start, while the Bombers closed with all the momentum in a dominant second-half.

Darcy Croxford-Demasi continues to be a highlight for the Eagles with Madeline Smith and Nelle Cousins supporting her.

For the Bombers, joint playing coaches Holly Butler, Shani Clark and Lauren Pryde all impressed.

●In contrast to the Kyabram and Mansfield duel, Euroa and Rochester defenders were constantly plucking the ball from the net in a 53-43 win to the Tigers.

After trailing at quarter-time by seven goals, the Magpies worked their way back into the contest at the main break.

But Laura Emanuelli’s charges were unable to sustain that effort as the final margin extended to 10 goals.

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