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Seymour ready to believe in themselves ahead of GVL clash

By Aydin Payne

Believe in yourself.

That is the message from Seymour's A-grade playing coach Elle McDonald to her grand final bound outfit.

The Lions are preparing for the Goulburn Valley League decider, following their win in the second semi-final a fortnight ago.

Seymour will meet Shepparton United at Deakin Reserve in a bid to win the club's first A-grade flag since 2015.

McDonald was a member of that 2015 premiership and had simple instructions for her team to repeat the glory.

“Just to believe in yourself really and take on the moment and embrace the challenge,” she said.

“Just focus on the one percenters and play our game.

“Because you don't win grand finals in the first 15 minutes, you have to be switched on for the entire game.”

The Lions enter Sunday's contest having not lost to United this season, following their 40-40 draw in round nine and Seymour's 46-38 win in the qualifying final.

Seymour will look for Jess Lallo and Ellie O'Sullivan to deliver the firepower in attack.

Victoria Netball League-listed player Lallo is gearing up for her first senior grand final.

McDonald acknowledged that the core group from the 2015 premiership would be able to adjust and handle to the pressure of playing in a cut-throat final.

“Most of our players have the experience of playing in a grand final,” she said.

“We still have the core group from that 2015 premiership.

“But there are a couple that haven't played in a GVL final and they haven't been exposed to that loud atmosphere.”

McDonald suggested defenders Sarah Szczykulski and Meg Grbac would have another fierce contest with United's attacking duo of Jess Barnes and Tamara Skinner.

It has been well documented this season of the prowess of Seymour's defensive end.

From their 18 games, the Lions have only conceded 533 goals this season - at an average of 29.6 per game.

Barnes is coming off her Wellman Family Medal victory on Monday night, while Skinner did well to compliment her attacking partner in last weekend's preliminary final win.

McDonald said Szczykulski would need to intercept the high balls when United made its attacking runs.

“Jess was a great target for them last week and along with Tamara, they both used their height really well,” she said.

“So we'll look to try shut down that area of their game.

“But we know it's going to be a tough contest and we can't wait - everyone's just really excited.”