Sey­mour gets Lions’ share

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORTS - By Lewis Fis­cher wing at­tack. Clau­dia Cook re­ceives a pass as she runs down the court.

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.

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