Reserves drop off the pace
The Lions’ reserves lost in a competitive but low-scoring contest at Kings Park on Sunday.
Seymour got off to a flying start against Mansfield, kicking three goals and keeping the Eagles goalless in the first quarter.
Mansfield was quick to return the favour as the Eagles tightened their belts in their back line and restricted Seymour to just one point in the second.
The Lions led by two points at the long break and the game remained close throughout the second half with neither side really able to take control.
The Eagles pulled the game back to within a point at threequarter-time as Seymour struggled to move the ball with the efficiency of earlier in the match.
Despite looking competitive the Lions couldn’t convert their chances, kicking a total of seven points while Mansfield snatched the lead late in the last quarter.
Seymour pulled the game back to within a goal, which made for a
nail-biting finish, but the Lions couldn’t find a major and went down by five points at home.
Score: Seymour 4.10 (34) lt Mansfield 5.9 (39)
Goals: R. Kliemt 3; H. Robertson. Best: M. McLean, T. Martin, H. Szczykulski, H. Robertson, J. Durham, R. Kliemt.
Seymour’s under 18s bounced back from last week’s loss to Rochester with a convincing 36-point win over Mansfield.
The Lions made a strong start to lead by 17 at the first change but Mansfield was by no means out of the contest.
The Eagles applied pressure to keep the Lions quiet in the second and bring the game back to within two goals at three-quarter-time.
An inspiring final quarter from Seymour’s youngsters saw them boot six goals to Mansfield’s two, finishing comfortable six-goal winners. Score: Seymour 12.14 (86) d Mansfield 7.8 (50) Goals: H. Kaak 4; H. Jones, S. Durham, K. Grant 2; D. Hockley, F. Lewis
Best: H. Kaak, D. Fisher, H. Jones, S. Durham, N. Davey, D. Hockley.
Sent to safety: Jordan Hockley makes a handpass away from danger.
Looking for a gap: Jason Cole looks to kick inside the forward 50.
Away: Brandyn Grenfell gets a handpass out in a squeeze.