GVL | Seymour makes it nine straight with strong win over Benalla
Seymour continued its Goulburn Valley League A-grade dominance at the weekend, destroying Benalla 63-33 to make it nine wins on the trot.
After a somewhat scrappy performance against a winless Mansfield last week, the Lions were back to their dominant best, showcasing their slick ball movement, tenacious defence and outstanding goal shooting.
Coach Ellie O’Sullivan said she was proud of her team’s efforts in the victory that sees Seymour maintain its stranglehold atop the A-grade laddder.
“I think we built into the game nicely,” O’Sullivan said.
“We started a little bit slow but were able to build an intensity and put the pressure on a little bit, but I thought Benalla put on a great performance.
“Being even at quarter-time, it was really good to sort of try and dig our way out of that and push forward.”
After a tight start, the Lions were able to pull away through the second and third quarters, before a strong finish secured another crucial percentage boost.
Seymour fans were also buoyed by the return of VNL talents Casey Adamson and Ella Tenant, who fitted back into the line-up seamlessly and made the already formidable team even stronger.
But the star of the show was Courtney Aldous through the midcourt, who dominated her Benalla opponents for the entire four quarters to receive best-on-court honours.
O’Sullivan said it was fantastic to have a full-strength team firing on all cylinders.
“We had a full side in which was probably the first time in a few weeks, so it was good to have a full team in and trial some new combinations and work on those connections on court. So, yeah, it was a good game,” she said.
“Courtney Aldous played a really good game in wing defence for us. She played a really consistent four quarters.
“Casey Adamson was also amazing through our midcourt and Jess Lallo had a great game shooting as well.”
Placed beautifully as the lead-up to finals begins to heat up, a number of tough challenges await Seymour following its bye next weekend.
O’Sullivan said she was excited to see how her team fared against its fellow premiership contenders in the coming weeks.
“I think we’re just trying to focus on some consistency to our games and trying to put together a 60-minute performance,” she said.
“We know teams like United, Mooroopna and Echuca coming back will be able to put that intensity out for the duration of the game, so we want to make sure that we can match that.”