Lions fall short

May 31, 2018

Xavier McMahon takes a grab in front of his opponent. Picture: Robert Brooks

Rory Scopel with a strong fend-off. Picture: Robert Brooks

Seymour’s Will Lister takes on three Bulldogs. Picture: Wayne Herring

Sam Durham receives some close attention. Picture: Wayne Herring

High-flying Lions: Seymour’s Jake Anderson was in pole position but Kyle Winter-Irving clunked a huge mark from the back of the pack.

Ben Rigoni takes a grab in the under 18s. Picture: Wayne Herring

Toby Newman looks for a team mate under pressure. Picture: Wayne Herring

New Bulldog Brandyn Grenfell wasted little time reminding his former Seymour teammates what they were missing out on with a four-goal haul in the comfortable win.

The Tatura tower kicked the first two goals of the game as the Bulldogs’ quickly took control of the contest.

It was another classy performance from the side sitting third on the Goulburn Valley League ladder, having snuck under the radar to amass a 5-2 record.

Having been jumped early, the Lions responded to win the second quarter and were within 20 points at half-time.

But the powerful unit that is Tatura kicked five goals to two in the third to firmly wrestle the game onto its terms and run out with the strong win.

Matt Ryan helped himself to three goals, while Brad Ryan and Andrew Ciavarella shone in the middle.

The game was marred by a horror injury to Bulldog Matt Shannon, who went down with a serious ankle injury in the final quarter.

For Seymour, Jason Cole was again best and co-coach Ben Clifton kicked four goals.

Kyle Winter-Irving snagged three goals, making it 12 goals in seven games for the forward.

Dylan Scopel scrapped hard with Grenfell all day and Billy Cox did his best to stop Matt Ryan.

Co-coach Cole said after a sluggish start his mob had fought on well all day.

‘‘We were pretty happy with the way we played, other than early on when they got away from us a bit,’’ he said.

‘‘Just through the midfield early, Brandyn Grenfell got a couple and they made a really good start.

‘‘By three quarters of the way through the first term we started to get some of the football and were able to get it back on our terms.

‘‘We missed a few opportunities that could have made it a bit closer, but we were happy with our effort at the contest all day, it was much better than two weeks ago.’’

Cole added a touch more efficiency in front of the big sticks could have made for a different ball game.

‘‘Just off the top of my head there were five shots with guys like (Ben) Clifton and Jake Anderson that they would kick nine times out of 10,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s just those moments where we couldn’t finish it off.’’

Seymour will look to get back on the winners list on Saturday with a home game against Mooroopna.

Final score

Tatura 5.2, 8.7, 13.9, 15.9 (99)

Seymour 1.2, 5.5, 7.6, 10.9 (69)

Goals, Seymour: Benjamin Clifton 4, Kyle Winter-Irving 3, Jake Anderson 2, Lachlan Watts 1.

Best, Seymour: Jason Cole, Benjamin Clifton, Kyle Winter-Irving, Billy Cox, Dylan Scopel, Xavier McMahon.

●It was another game and another win for the Seymour’s reserves who managed to shake off a plucky Tatura by 11 points and sit a game clear on top of the ladder.

Despite recording 11 scoring shots to six, the Lions were neck and neck with the Bulldogs at the half-time break.

While their struggles with accuracy continued, with the Lions booting 3.6 in the second half, it was enough to hold off the host side for a well-deserved win.

Harley Taylor-Lloyd booted four goals and was among Seymour’s best, along with Liam Hockley, Dan McClarty and Joel Durham.

Final score: Seymour 7.13 (55) d Tatura 6.8 (44).

●The under-18s recorded an emphatic victory against Tatura, keeping the side in reach of Echuca and Kyabram at the top of the Goulburn Valley League ladder.

Despite the 48-point margin, much of the game was a contest.

Seymour led by three straight kicks at the last break, before piling on four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to run away with the victory.

Dylan Cook slotted three goals in a best-on-ground performance, with Zach Molloy, Huw Jones, Ben Rigoni, Dylan Hockley and Tom Garner also strong performers.

Final score: Seymour 10.13 (73) d Tatura 4.1 (25).

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