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BASLW: Tatura holds Latrobe to nil-all draw

By Tyler Maher

Tatura's Bendigo Amateur Soccer League women's championship season has been full of hard yards and the Ibises displayed their fighting spirit once more on Sunday.

Laurie Rando's troops hosted sixth-placed La Trobe University, keeping the visitors goalless at Howley Oval to claim their eighth point of the year.

"It was quite impressive, I think they did a great job to hold them out," Rando said.

"Last time we played them it was 5-0, so we put up a hell of a fight.

"We had our opportunities as well, we looked good in the second half and had our chances, but we're still rapt with the result."

Rando could not single out any of his charges after the performance, with all players putting in maximum effort.

"The girls have really jelled together as a team and are playing really good soccer at the moment," he said.

"It was a good performance at our home ground, it was exciting to watch and could have gone either way.

"We definitely played well as a team, I can't pick one individual.

"There's only another few rounds to go, so hopefully can finish on a positive.

"We're working really hard to be as competitive as possible and on the weekend that really showed."

In other fixtures, Shepparton United's unblemished record continued with a 4-0 result against Epsom.

Sophie Papalia secured a hat-trick with goals in the sixth, 35th and 46th minutes, while Maria Villani also found the back of the net in the shadow of half-time.

Shepparton South received a 3-0 forfeit from Swan Hill, with Strathdale (3-0 against Colts United) and Spring Gully United (7-3 against Moama-Echuca Border Raiders) the other victors of the round.