Seymour District Junior Football Netball League
A fantastic day was enjoyed at the 32nd Annual Goulburn Campaspe Junior Football League interleague carnival on Sunday at Rochester Recreation Reserve.
A full day of interleague football games started at 9am with the U14 competition, followed by the U12, U13 and U16 competitions.
In all, 15 teams representing five leagues in four different age groups competed in the largest event on the Goulburn Murray football calendar.
The SDJFNL was represented by the best of its players for the first time in the under-14s and under-16s.
U16 coach Stuart Fraser said the team started well against the Shepparton league and kicked the first goal of the game through Lachlan Hill.
‘‘We looked much bigger on field than our opponents but couldn’t capitalise on our size; the much smaller Shepp kids used their leg speed to control the rest of the game,’’ he said.
The best players in game one, according to Stuart, were Oliver Lubeck, Lachlan Hill, Matthew Collard and Ben Bath.
Stuart said game two against the second Shepparton side was tough going for the Seymour lads.
‘‘We found ourselves second to the ball and when we did take possession we were under enormous pressure,’’ he said.
‘‘The best players in game two were Lachlan Hill, Ben Bath, Riley Mason and Oliver Lubeck.
‘‘Game three saw us take on the Murray league straight after game two — this was by far our best team effort, and considering game two and three were back to back, the team had every right to tire but we finished full of running and showed when we used our voice, ran to space and brought our teammates into play we could match it with the bigger-populated leagues.
‘‘Best players in game three were Ben Bath, Lachlan Hill, Oliver Lubeck and Tom Barnes.’’
Stuart said Oliver Lubeck was voted the Seymour league’s best player on the day for his efforts playing in a backline that at times was under siege, with Lachlan Hill unlucky to miss out after being his side’s best onballer.
‘‘All in all, the players should be very proud of their efforts in representing the SDJFNL. They were a fantastic group of young men to coach, who will benefit greatly from the experience of playing representative football,’’ Stuart said.
‘‘I would like to thank the SDJFNL for giving me the job of coaching the team, I would also like to thank my assistants Adam Hall and Tony Best, Wayne Aldous for the photography and medic work, Jade and Reece Kipping for being team managers, Brendan Smith for running and Adam Jewell for goal umpiring.’’
The U14s had a better run with an extremely talented squad.
U14s coach Rod Mann said after three weeks of training and selection the squad was ready for the challenge ahead.
‘‘The fixture with four games in a row was going to be a big ask for the players, but the team really worked hard as a unit and managed to win the first and second game with fierce tackling, good decision making and great ball use,’’ he said.
‘‘The next two games were played with the same intent but the rigours of interleague football started to take its toll.
‘‘All in all, a great team effort and learning experience, with many good players all over the ground.
‘‘Beau Smith was awarded the coaches’ award for his outstanding work throughout the carnival.’’
Seymour Junior Football Netball Club
Seymour vs Euroa
On a cold and windy day down at Kings Park on Sunday, the girls got off to a great start with the score being 7-0 in their favour at the end of the first quarter.
All of the girls played their hearts out with intercepts coming out left, right and centre.
The girls are putting into action what they are taught at training, and proving their commitment to the team.
The final score was 16-5 in Seymour’s favour.
Awards went to Rebecca Leech for her consistent ring work and Indie Meagher for her strong transition from midcourt to defence.
The wet weather held off for a great day of netball for the Seymour Under 15s.
Seymour got off to a great start in the first quarter with the centre group of Stephanie Millard , Taylah Leech and Jamie Clark pushing the ball hard through to the forwards Tanisha Welsh and Jasmine Jimenez-Laidlow
In the second quarter the game was neck and neck. Tanisha Welsh and Keely Wright were working hard in defence and pushed the ball up the court on a number of occasions, helping the girls to keep a grip on the game.
In the third it was still close and the girls kept their heads up and played hard.
Maddison Boddington and Jasmine Jimenez-Laidlow were on fire up front with great leads, passes and shots.
In the last quarter it was anyone’s game as both teams pushed hard to take a break in point.
Georgia Fletcher was great in defence and attacking.
Naveed Bennett and Tanisha Welsh were working hard to get the ball back to the front through Stephanie Millard and Jamie Clark to Jasmine Jimenez-Laidlow and Maddison Boddington who were still firing shots from all angles.
In the end Euroa came out the victor with the result being 29-32, but the Seymour girls walked away with heads held high after a great team effort.
Awards went to super shooter Maddison Boddington and Stephanie Millard who, along with their team-mates, put in outstanding efforts.
Seymour Junior Netball Association
What a perfect Saturday morning in Seymour for round 4 of the season. It was such a great day with all Seymour teams being rewarded for their efforts, and with the new court development under way it was smiles all round.
Seymour Green Under 9
The under 9s had another great game this week on their home ground.
Evie had some great interceptions throughout the game, while Marcus shot some awesome goals .
In defence Lucy used her skills from training to keep an eye on her opponent and the ball, which was great to see on the court. Lilly displayed confident defending and throw-ins, while Grace had a great game making herself available for passes all over the court.
Tayla and Isobel showed their team skills by sharing WD and GS positions, giving them a great opportunity to gain confidence at both ends of the court.
Everyone left with a proud smile which was certainly earned.
Seymour Red Under 11
Seymour Red Under 11s were at home to Pyalong and played out a hard-fought draw.
Seymour had the better of the play for the majority of the game but was unable to convert this control into a winning score.
The girls moved the ball rapidly to their forward half throughout the game and were able to lock it in for repeated scoring attempts.
Defence began as soon as the ball was turned over and Seymour’s pressure was commendable.
Tahlia, Matilda, Madi, Chloe and Gabby were tremendous in attack and through the centre of the court, while Evelyn and Georgia were committed in defence.
But despite their control of play and tight defence, Seymour was unable to get the ball to drop through the hoop and was behind at the beginning of the last quarter.
Gabby had been explosive through the centre, intercepting and creating play, but was moved forward for the last quarter and she was able to finish off the other girls’ good work up the court by scoring repeatedly.
The girls of Seymour Red, their parents and supporters were all delighted to see all their hard work pay off.
Seymour Purple Under 11
Seymour Purple once again headed to Wandong but this time to take on Wandong White.
It was a cold day but that didn’t stop Seymour Purple playing a great game, taking the win against Wandong White by nine goals.
Oliver started the winning streak for the day by shooting the first goal, followed by many more with team-mate Paige who was quick off the mark and showed great skills.
At the other end Sophie, Chloe and Ruby showed excellent defence and kept the Wandong goals to a minimum.
Through the middle, Molly and Brielle kept the ball moving quickly and showed great teamwork.
Seymour Yellow Under 13
Seymour Yellow played Broadford White at Kings Park and won with a score of 11-5.
The girls have really shown their dedication at training and put in a great effort every week.
The defending team shut down many scoring attempts by Broadford. Tiff always worked hard in defence and constantly put herself in front of the ball.
Molly showed great determination to intercept and regularly caused turnovers, while Ruby demonstrated her versatility and moved the ball smoothly down the court. Mackenzie read the ball well and made some great passes that turned into goals.
Their efforts were transitioned to the goalers by the amazing Abby who is a total pocket rocket, while Sonya assisted in the wing and showed great teamwork with the goalers also.
Kayla worked well in attack and as a shooter and has improved every game, and Lexi was brilliant in goals and created many opportunities and followed through with great scoring shots.
Player of the match went to Molly for her efforts in defence.
Well done, girls.
Seymour Black Under 16
In round 4 Seymour Black was preparing to play a defensive game against Broadford Red which was third on the ladder, and from the first quarter Seymour came out fighting and brought everything it had done at training to the court.
Seymour led at half-time with scores 11-8.
The team showcased some beautiful passages of play and worked extremely hard to contain the ball and apply pressure.
Although Broadford had some strong players, Seymour dominated as Brandy, Hayley and Jack kept tight on their opponents in defence and created turnovers that took the ball down to Lucy and Tanisha who smashed it out in the centre.
Lily and Polly displayed magnificent moves in the goal ring and gave Seymour the upper hand, final scores being 24-19.