• Pies grind out 15-goal derby win

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    SCRAP: Katie Dean and Caitlin Conroy leap into the air to contest this pass. PHOTO: Marc Bongers

    A GRINDING performance from Wangaratta Magpies outmatched an error-riddled Wangaratta Rovers outfit by 15 goals yesterday.

    With the first meeting this season between the two sides seeing the Magpies run away with a 10-goal win, Wangaratta was keen to show its development since that round two match up.

    Starting out with a 12-8 first term, the Magpies were well served by the accuracy of their shooters with both Kellie Keen (15 goals) and Carly Perso (12) missing just one shot each for the game.

    The second term was identical to the first in terms of scoring with the Magpies opening up an eight-goal, 24-16, lead at the long break following another 12-8 quarter.

    The third term was the quarter the Magpies lifted the pace and pushed the Hawks away with a stellar 13-7 term which opened up the near game-winning margin of 14 goals at the final change.

    Keen and fellow shooter Amanda Umanski worked their way past a ruthless Hawks defence as tempers flared, and the emotion of a derby lifted the game to new heights.

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