Magpies shake off Raiders

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PIE FIGHT: Mikaela Trethowan passes the ball out of defence. PHOTO: Marc Bongers

A SECOND-half scoring blitz saw Wangaratta Magpies secure their second win of the season over Wodonga Raiders on Good Friday.

After shaking a dogged Raiders side in the first half, and holding just a four-goal lead at the long break the Magpies were irrepressible down the stretch to record a 16-goal win.

The third term saw the Raiders continue their fast feet and accurate shooting to keep up with Wangaratta’s scoring pace, but then the Magpies’ defensive third of Katie Dean, Hannah Grady and Ebony Allen flicked a switch and the supply to the Raiders’ shooters dried up as Wangaratta surged.

The home side completed a 14-9 third term to extend their lead to nine goals and they wouldn’t stop there with a 14-7 final term further stamping their authority on the match and sewing up the 16-goal victory.

Coach Kellie Keen said the Magpies didn’t start as well as she would have liked.

“Our start was a little slow, but what was pleasing was that we built upon our game each quarter,” Keen said.

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