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Experienced Epsom to challenge South side

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April 14, 2018

Perfect start: Shepparton South's Sam Mackay helped herself to four goals in her club's 20-0 demolition of Tatura last weekend.

Shepparton South’s women’s side will be in for a challenge this weekend when it hosts Epsom at McEwen Reserve.

Looking at last weekend’s form might suggest the South side is a rampaging unit ready to destroy any side in its path, but Tatura’s inexperienced nature means the 20-0 score might have flattered the South performance.

An experienced and talented Epsom side will bring far more heat, especially given an outstanding 6-0 showing against Spring Gully United in round one.

It put United to the sword with Danielle Michielsen netting a hat-trick, with Caitlin Roberts and Paige Gordon also among the goals.

Epsom is one of the women’s division powerhouses, highlighted by a grand final appearance in the first season of BASL competition.

If nothing else, South’s win against Tatura showed the even contributions the side can expect this campaign with six different goal-scorers.

Alicia Rowan scored nine and Jennifer Tran and Sam Mackay four each, but against a more seasoned opposition will find the going a bit tougher.

South finished fourth in last year’s competition and an early win against a side like Epsom would be a big statement.

‚óŹTatura will no doubt be better for the run after its hefty first-up defeat.

The Ibises will square off with Golden City in the ultimate battle of battlers; both sides lost by 20 goals in round one with City hammered 21-1 by Strathdale.

With many relatively inexperienced players, the Ibises will continue to learn and will be in the contest this weekend.

Strathdale and Moama-Echuca both posted strong round one wins and their clash is one of the weekend’s hottest contests.

In the remaining fixtures, Spring Gully will host Eaglehawk while Swan Hill will face Colts United.

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