Seymour gets Lions’ share
A new-look Lions outfit looked confident against Mansfield in a high-scoring game at Kings Park.
Seymour didn’t waste any time and took control of the game in the first half, despite a tight first quarter.
Alanna Mascitti played a dominant role in centre and linked well with goal shooter Rebecca Beaton.
Ellie O’Sullivan was also sharp in goal attack and the scorers piled on 27 first-half goals for a lead of 10 at half-time.
Laura Carland, Meg Grabac and Emily Haysom were strong in defence, creating turnovers and limiting Mansfield to just five, four and five goals in the final three quarters.
Playing-coach Carland was extremely happy with the outcome of the match.
‘‘I was really proud of the girls,’’ she said.
‘‘We protected the ball well. We just kept playing our own game throughout the match.’’
Carland was pleased the Lions didn’t over-work the ball in setting up their shooters, and with the way in which her players combined in the match.
‘‘We’ve got a mostly new team, so we’ve been really focusing on moving the ball in training and I just thought it paid off this week,’’ she said.
‘‘Our leads were on time and our passes were there.’’
The Lions finished up 27-goal winners. 26Score:
Seymour 53 d Mansfield Best: Rebecca Beaton, Emily Haysom and Alanna Mascitti
B-grade The Lions made an aggressive start against an evenly-matched Mansfield.
The girls went goal for goal with the Eagles in the first quarter and edged out to a narrow fourgoal lead at the break.
Mansfield continued to press up the court and moved the ball quickly up the wings, creating a lot of chances for its goalers.
The Eagles were good in the midcourt and restricted the Lions’ ability to get the ball into attack cleanly.
Seymour continued to rally and create turnovers but struggled to convert its own chances in a highpressure game.
The Lions kept themselves in the game but were eventually overrun, going down by 13 goals.
Score: Seymour 35 lt Mansfield 48
Best: Kira Nelson, Lyndel O’Sullivan, Mariah Baumann
B-reserve Seymour’s B-reserve side was competitive against a strong Mansfield outfit.
The new group adjusted well to changes made throughout the match and rallied well against a high-scoring Eagles.
The Lions matched the Eagles eight goals to nine in the first quarter before letting the gap slip away in the second term.
Mansfield’s breakaway second quarter would prove too much to close, despite a strong showing from the Lions in the second half.
The new Lions side looked promising throughout despite losing by seven goals. 41Score:
Seymour 34 lt Mansfield Best: Brodie Gunton, Sophie Gregson, Zoe Murray
Under-17 A scintillating last quarter helped Seymour to a solid 11-goal win against Mansfield.
The Lions trailed by two goals going in to the first break, but picked up after quarter-time to lead by three at the main break.
Despite injuries to key players Sarah Waite, Maddie Pearce and Mia Ross, the Lions continued to fight against a determined Mansfield side.
The third term was an even affair, but the 14-6 final term saw the Lions pull away for a convincing win.
Sophie Locke was outstanding in the goal ring, shooting 31 of her side’s 44 goals, while at the other end Chloe Symons was just as impressive.
Score: Seymour 44 d Mansfield 33
Best: Chloe Symons, Sophie Locke, Chloe Locke
On the move:
Pass: Captain Emily Haysom is set to pass to Laura Carland.
Looking for options: Andrea McKenzie dominates in
Concentration: Rebecca Beaton takes a shot at goal.