Shepparton United has stood fast to hold off a comeback from Shepparton to win the battle of Deakin Reserve by six goals in Goulburn Valley Netball League.GEORGINA CAHILL August 25, 2014 3:15am
Shepparton staged yet another comeback in Goulburn Valley Netball League.
But in Hannah Crawley and Erin McLeod’s 100th games, it was too little too late for the Bears.
A last-minute four-goal haul from Shepparton United goal attack Kate Durling ensured her side narrowly avoided a round-17 loss.
It was all United in the opening quarter when its centre court players Bree Hanslow, Kara Blizzard and Marnie Joyce fought hard to cause turnovers.
The Demons took a seven-goal lead into the first break, but their momentum did not carry.
The Bears outscored their Deakin Reserve rivals 13-11 to bridge the gap to five goals at the main break.
In a huge loss for the Bears, Lucy Teague-Neeld came off mid-quarter with a hamstring niggle.
Katie Thorn slotted into goal attack and worked well under the ring with Crawley.
Tracey Brereton’s side again dug deep in the third quarter to reduce its deficit to three goals at three-quarter time.
Turnovers were plentiful in the final quarter, but the Demons were able to steady.
Durling shot accurately to cement her side a six-goal victory.
The Demons applied immense defensive pressure and forced the Bears to work tirelessly for every pass.
Marnie Joyce was best-on-court for United and was the mastermind behind its defensive effort.
Demons coach Di Hanslow said defensive pressure was a main focus heading into the game.
‘‘We felt that was an area that we really needed to lift our intensity in, so that has been our main focus at training this week,’’ Hanslow said.
Joyce and Jacinta Todd fought hard in a physical contest in wing defence and wing attack, while Ash Lancaster gave the Bears goaler a headache or two.
Hanslow said her side gave up too much of the ball in the second and third quarters.
‘‘Just for a while there we gave up possession of the ball,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m not sure why we got so flustered because we have a really strong, mature defensive line at the moment.’’
Shepparton goal keeper Morgan Gibson limited Demons goal shooter Hayley Fairless’ opportunities to score.
Bears coach Brereton believed her side should not have gotten into a position where it was 12 goals down at one stage.
‘‘We shouldn’t have gotten ourselves in that position to start with,’’ Brereton said.
‘‘It was disappointing to be able to put ourselves in that position to start with, but at the same time it shows me how mentally tough they are to come back and have the chance to pinch it in the last four minutes when we were only one goal down.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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