Shepparton has taken the scalp of Shepparton Swans and second place to book a qualifying final berth against Mansfield.By Hannah Driscoll
Shepparton coach Tracey Brereton believes the Bears were ‘‘a little bit shocked’’ by what they achieved on Saturday.
By defeating Shepparton Swans by eight goals in Goulburn Valley Netball League’s final home-and-away round, Shepparton overtook them to finish second and book a qualifying final berth against Mansfield.
‘‘The first part of the deal was we’ve never finished second on the ladder .
‘‘It’s been a long time coming for this club to get to that position, but as I said before it is the first bit of the equation.
‘‘The next bit is really going, well righto, are we a fair dinkum chance of getting in that grand final and winning it?’’
Morgan Gibson, Hannah Austin, Jacinta Todd and Hannah Crawley starred for the Bears in a close contest that Brereton said they only opened up in the last quarter, which the Bears won 12-7.
‘‘We were caught in gear four and we didn’t get out of that, but credit to Swans, they didn’t let us play our best netball,’’ she said.
‘‘At three-quarter time I did give it to them a little bit in the fact of if you think Swans are just going to lie down and let us have second spot, they’re not, and we have to fight for it.
‘‘I just gave each individual only one thing they had to work on for that quarter and they came out and I think in the end maybe just wanted it a fraction more.’’
Shepparton Swans playing coach Jana Bruinier agreed with that assessment.
‘‘We, in comparison, were just not prepared to work as hard as they were,’’ Bruinier said.
‘‘I felt like every time we tried to attack, they were there, and they were putting pressure on and that was constant, that was for 60 minutes.
‘‘Whereas I felt when they were attacking they had a little more space. We gave them a little bit more room, and things like that.’’
Bruinier said the Swans reflected on the match immediately after it finished, but now wanted to put it completely out of their minds.
Erin Hopkins and Kate Toy were the only players who gave 60-minute performances while everyone else faded in and out.
Annie Cobbledick played, but was not at full health and came off late in the final quarter.
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