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Lions pounce in final term

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July 28, 2017

Andrea McKenzie steps in to help coach the B-reserves in the absence of Ellie O’Sullivan.

Mia Feery was strong again in the midcourt for Seymour.

Rebecca Beaton showed how clinical her finishing can be in front of goal.

Andrea McKenzie (centre) is congratulated on her 150-game milestone by Nicole Morgan and Sonya Velt.

Seymour recovered from a frustrating start to overcome Tatura to give the Lions their fourth victory of the season.

Tatura, having got the better of the Lions in the sides’ last outing, came out confidently in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs built a five-goal lead, shooting eight goals and holding Seymour to just three for the quarter.

A see-sawing second quarter saw the Lions gradually hem Tatura in.

Down 13-16 at half-time, the Lions had work ahead of them if they were going to reel in their opposition.

Meg Grbac and Georgia Engel battened down the hatches and held the visitors to a seven-goal third quarter. Their superb defensive efforts helped the Lions get to within two goals at three-quarter-time.

It was clear at this point that Seymour’s tactics hadn’t been working.

The Lions’ long counter-attacking passes were failing in the windy conditions and coach Laura Carland called for players to adopt a more aggressive and possessive short-passing game.

A Grbac intercept against play set up Rebecca Beaton for goal to open the final quarter.

Engel’s defensive pressure to force and win rebounds broke Tatura’s play and suddenly the Lions had drawn level.

The Lions frustrated their opposition, drawing several contacts to turn the ball over in the midcourt.

Beaton’s clinical finishing put the Lions in front for the first time in the match mid-way through the term.

Coach Laura Carland regained her composure after missing several chances in the third quarter, and suddenly the Lions were in command with a five-goal lead.

The Bulldogs found themselves outgunned by the Lions, who scored eight more goals than the Bulldogs in the second half.

It was an ugly win for Seymour, but a win nonetheless.

The Lions now leapfrog Tatura into ninth place on the ladder after three consecutive victories.

Whether Seymour can continue its run against seventh placed Mooroopna will remain to be seen.

The Lions went down by five goals last time the sides met at Kings Park.

Score: Seymour 35 d Tatura 30

Best: Meg Grbac, Georgia Engel.

B-GRADE

Andrea McKenzie received a guard of honour before her milestone game on Saturday.

Netball co-ordinator Nicole Morgan and game-day co-ordinator Sonya Velt presented McKenzie with a bouquet of flowers and a trophy before the match to mark her 150th game since joining the Lions in 2004.

McKenzie was as strong as ever in the midcourt as the Lions looked to assert their authority early.

Seymour wasted no time in building its lead as sharp shooter Mariah Baumann goaled brilliantly.

Mia Feery led the Lions from midcourt and combined well with McKenzie who fed Baumann well from wing attack.

The Lions wrote a similar story in the second quarter as their defence trio doubled down.

Georgia Velt led the Lions’ defence with the support of Kira Nelson, who took a heavy hit and was briefly replaced by Sophie Locke in goal defence.

Paige Hockley was solid in wing defence and the trio helped restrict Tatura to just seven goals.

Meanwhile Baumann, along with Lyndel O’Sullivan, piled on the goals to build a commanding 11-goal lead by half-time.

With Nelson back in action, the Lions continued to dominate in the second half.

Tatura showed a considerable amount of fight to hold the Lions to 17 second-half goals but the damage had already been done.

The Bulldogs couldn’t overcome the brick wall Seymour had placed in defence, even without the services of Marlee Koopman, who was elevated to A-grade this week.

The Lions held Tatura to just three goals in the final quarter as they completed a well-deserved 17-goal win.

Score: Seymour 44 d Tatura 27

Best: Andrea McKenzie, Mia Feery, Mariah Baumann.

B-RESERVE

Seymour opened up an early five-goal lead in an otherwise tight first half against Tatura.

The Lions appeared to have the better of the Bulldogs, but struggled to make the most of their chances.

Tatura stayed in the hunt despite not having much of the ball.

Seymour shot just 5-4 in the second quarter when it could have easily put the game out of contention.

Having found its feet after the half-time break, Seymour had a better second half.

Georgia Gregson’s move into goal shooter helped the Lions extend their lead.

The Seymour defence held strong, restricting the visitors to just four goals in the third and three goals in the final quarter.

Under-17 star Chloe Symons held the Lions’ defence together with a number of solid rebounds and turnovers.

Score: Seymour 33 d Tatura 18

Best: Chloe Symons, Georgia Gregson, Brodie Gunton.

Under 17

A fiery first-half performance saw Seymour deal Tatura a hiding at Kings Park.

Shooting nine goals to zero within the first five minutes of play, the Lions were quick to build a convincing lead over the Bulldogs.

Sarah Waite and Chloe Symons defended well and capitalised on their opportunities to rebound.

The Lions built on their 16 first-quarter goals with another 15 in the second.

Tatura had its work cut out for it, trying to haul back a 13-goal half-time deficit, but the Bulldogs managed a more respectable scoreline in the third quarter.

The Dogs held Seymour to just 10 goals, but were unable to chip away at its growing lead.

A 14-goal final quarter sealed the win for the Lions, who put on a brilliant performance for the home crowd.

Score: Seymour 55 d Tatura 35

Awards: Sarah Waite, Chloe Symons, Rani Curry.

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