Round 13 Match Preview: Shepparton V Kyabram
Shepparton will be desperate to get off to a fast start when it takes on the reigning premier today.
The Bombers have blitzed their opponents of late very early in games and Brad Campbell knows his team must put early scoreboard pressure on to be any chance of inflicting their first defeat of the season.
Joel Brett, David Stretton, Edward Lindon, Matthew Shannon, Nicholas Allan and Benjamin Davies were some of the players that led the charge against a very young and injury hit Shepparton United last weekend.
Campbell knows his team is more than capable of matching it with Kyabram as they did when the teams clashed in round two only to pay the price for some missed opportunities in front of goal in the first half.
Kyabram has shown no mercy for its opponents of late and leading the way has been Lachlan Smith, William Burstin, Kyle Mueller, Kayne Pettifer, Liam Ogden and Thomas Holman.
If anyone is going to beat this all-conquering combination it is Shepparton, but to do that everything will have to go right for the entire 100 minutes.
Shepparton’s premiership aspirations will be put to the test when it comes up against the undefeated reigning premier.
The Bears last lost to the Bombers 10 weeks ago.
Since then, the Bears have been outstanding and against some good opposition.
They face this challenge head on and in good form which would please coach Tracey Brereton.
Brereton knows that if her team can’t get the win it won’t be the end of the world as premierships are not won in July.
What she will be looking for is how her team starts the game and secondly how it reacts if it falls behind by a sizeable margin.
Shepparton will need to try and play the game on their terms and pivotal to that happening will be centre court player Jacinta Todd.
Her battle with Stephanie Vick will go a long way to deciding who gets the four points.
Both team’s defensive combinations will be pivotal and it is widely known around the league that Lauren Pryde and Ash Mangan are very hard to breakdown.