Seymour’s A-grade will be looking to make it three wins in a row after a convincing 18-goal win against Mansfield on Saturday.
The Lions had a slow start, shooting nine goals to the Eagles’ 10 in the first quarter, but were running hot after the first change.
Seymour began to edge its way out in front, shooting 15-10 in the second term.
Bec Beaton was superb again in attack for Seymour, goaling brilliantly as the Lions built their half-time lead.
Meg Grbac and Georgia Engel ramped up the Lions’ defence in the second half, restricting Mansfield to just 15 goals.
Taking on the Eagles a second time around, Seymour coach Laura Carland said the Lions were more adept at reading their opposition.
‘‘In round one I was a new coach coming in, there were a lot of new girls who’d come to the club who were new to the GV League,’’ Carland said.
‘‘So when we were up against teams, we had absolutely no idea what to expect.’’
After a close first half Carland will be looking to improve her team’s ability to break off a lead sooner in a match.
As Mansfield tired out and let its guard down, the Lions were able to take hold.
‘‘We kept steady, kept attacking that ball and managed to break away in that second half to win by that 18-goal margin,’’ Carland said.
‘‘If anything went wrong we just picked up our heads and went harder after the next ball instead of worrying about what we’d just done.
‘‘We just kept out heads and didn’t get rattled by decisions or the physicality of the game.’’
A strong performance in the fourth quarter, where the Lions shot 18-7, saw the Eagles leak goals and the Lions lay the punishment on the scoreboard.
Seymour will next face Tatura, who it’ll look to redeem themselves against after its loss in round three.
‘‘We probably never should have lost to Tatura, we were very disappointed in how that game played out,’’ Carland said.
‘‘We’re looking forward to hopefully redeeming ourselves and getting that third win in a row.’’
Score: Mansfield 35 lt Seymour 53.
Best: Alana Mascitti, Georgia Engel, Courtney Aldous.
A high-scoring, see-sawing shoot-out between Seymour and Mansfield saw the Lions just get over the line in a match that could have gone either way.
Seymour got off to a fast start shooting 15 goals to 11 in the first quarter.
The Lions kept up the pace in the second quarter but it was Mansfield who got the better of the quarter, with the Eagles closing the gap to trail by just a single goal at the half-time break.
Seymour again outgunned its opposition, but only just, in the third quarter.
With a three-goal lead theirs to protect, the Lions just had to hold out against Mansfield.
Instead, the Lions chose to attack, and they increased their lead even further.
A 15-11 final term saw the Lions conquer, running out seven-goal winners.
Score: Mansfield 51 lt Seymour 58.
Best: Georgia Velt, Mariah Baumann, Lyndel O’Sullivan.
A brutal first and final quarter put an end to any challenge from Seymour, which otherwise kept the pace with Mansfield.
The Eagles gave no room to the lacklustre Lions who conceded 17 goals to eight in the first quarter.
However, Seymour looked much better in the second quarter.
The Lions shot just one goal less than the Eagles but were unable to chase down the growing gap.
The Lions stayed level with Mansfield in the third quarter, leaving them with the same 10-goal margin to close in the final quarter.
In a mirror of the first quarter Mansfield shot well to put the game well out of contention to take an easy 18-goal win.
Score: Mansfield 55 d Seymour 37.
Best: Natalia Morgan, Brodie Gunton, Virginia Morgan.
Seymour couldn’t quite catch the Eagles, despite looking to be on par with Mansfield for a majority of the game, and went down by a solitary goal.
The Lions took a one-goal advantage into the first break before Mansfield turned the game on its head.
The Eagles shot 15 goals to seven in a surprise second-quarter blowout.
Seymour used the half-time break as an opportunity to settle.
They came back a different side and matched it with the Eagles again, shooting 12 goals to 10 in the third term.
An inspired final term saw the Lions shoot and defend well, winning the quarter but they couldn’t quite close down the home side.
The Lions were denied by a single goal, going down 40-39.
Score: Mansfield 40 d Seymour 39.
Best: Rani Curry, Madison Albers, Sarah Waite.