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Shepparton East lifts a cog to seal victory

After a slow start Shepparton East has finished too strongly for Rennie to make it two straight wins in Picola District Football League south-east.

MATTHEW GALEA April 14, 2014 3:15am

Matt Hodgetts proved accurate in front of goal for the Eagles.

Shepparton East made it two wins from two with a 24-point win over Rennie in Picola District Football League south-east on Saturday.

The Eagles had to recover from a slow start to take the points, but impressive defensive pressure all game played a big role in securing the points.

Rennie failed to capitalise on a number of chances on the run throughout the game with Eagles defenders swamping their opponents at times, and once Dwain Vidler’s midfield unit started functioning properly, there were plenty of opportunities at the other end.

Cobey Aynsley and Matt Hodgetts were clinical in front of goal, kicking five and four respectively, ensuring the good work in the ruck from Rowan Stephenson and Rob Osborne wasn’t going to waste.

‘‘We were ordinary in the first quarter. We were second to the ball and everyone was sort of holding back,’’ Vidler said.

‘‘But we spoke about what needed to be done at quarter-time and we started to really click.

‘‘Rowan and Rob were giving us plenty of first use and just our movement from the back half to get it into the forward 50 was really good.’’

Daniel Lloyd set the team up well at centre half-back, while Jeromy Aynsley was hard at the contest and won his side plenty of the footy.

With two wins from two, life at Central Park has gotten off to a good start for Vidler.

‘‘If you’d have offered me two wins from two before the season, I’d have taken it,’’ Vidler said.

‘‘I still think it’s looking like an open season... but we’re getting there, even if there is still room for improvement.’’

Rennie coach Ryan Forsyth said he wasn’t disappointed with the manner of the performance even if the result was less than ideal.

‘‘I was pretty happy with the effort. We were short on the bench and we needed a couple of guys to come up from the reserves, but I was generally impressed with the effort,’’ Forsyth said.

Tom Harbrow continued his impressive form in front of goal kicking five majors, while Braden Mitchell (2) and Scott McDonald (1) also provided positives.

‘‘Scott probably played his best game of footy for us,’’ Forsyth said. ‘‘But in the end it’s the same as it was against Katamatite. We were a little rushed in front of the sticks and missed a lot of shots and that’s shown on the scoreboard.’’

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