Bears, Swans guns to go from foes to friends in a day

June 15, 2018

Shepparton's Steph Gorrie is just another classy player Shepparton Swans need to keep in check tomorrow.

Shepparton will be aiming to begin its second half of the season with the same intent as the first.

The Bears face another challenger in Shepparton Swans tomorrow, but after overcoming Echuca last round they know they can tackle anyone.

The Deakin Reserve clash will showcase six players who will represent the Goulburn Valley League at Sunday’s Association Championships.

Five of those will come from the Bears with Ash Cann, Kate Durling, Morgan Gibson, Steph Gorrie and Laura Ryan headed to Melbourne.

The Swans’ representative will be playing coach Jana Bruinier, who is all too aware of the class of her opposition.

Stopping Shepparton through the midcourt is the only way to challenge, with the Bears shooting 70 goals last week as Kim Commane stakes a claim for the Wellman Family Medal.

The Murray Bombers are on the rebound with a likely chance of jumping straight back on the winners list.

Taking on Rochester, coach Gina Pearson does not want her side becoming focused on just one player, after it expended too much energy on Commane last week.

But the Tigers have hit some positive form with two wins in a row giving some reward for their first half of the season, although Echuca is sure to led by Tamara Nicholls in defence.

Euroa needs a strong showing to lift its second half of the season, having not saluted since round two.

Laura Emanuelli’s side travels to Tatura against a Bulldogs outfit that impressed last weekend.

Molly Boyle and Emma Ryan kept Kyabram to just 16 goals, with the performance of their side’s midcourt helping it effectively bring the ball down to its goalers.

The battle will again be won or lost in Tatura’s defensive circle.

Kyabram is on a learning curve and Seymour will be another challenge to face up to.

The Lions had a sensational defensive game last week against Shepparton United, with Meg Grbac and Sarah Szczykulski always reliable and destined to make life difficult to the Bombers.

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