Ju­nior footy — Page 19 Lions tri­umph Match hon­ours the An­zacs

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Foot­ball’s back at Kings Park and the crowd was out in num­bers to see the Lions take on Mans­field in their an­nual Anzac match and first home game for the sea­son on Sun­day.

Speeches from club dig­ni­taries, RSL pres­i­dent John Black­well and Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan pre­ceded the match be­fore play­ers from Sey­mour and Mans­field stood to hon­our the play­ing of The Last Post.

Vet­er­ans Frank John­son and Jack Ford, Sey­mour’s last two re­main­ing from World War II, were there on field to toss the coin be­fore the first bounce.

Sey­mour cap­tain Matthew O’Keefe won the toss and the Lions pounced on Mans­field right out the box. The Lions moved the ball with speed, slick hand pass­ing and ac­cu­rate kick­ing, boot­ing five goals to the Ea­gles’ one in the first quar­ter.

Sey­mour coach Brent Colbert said the way his team came out was ex­cel­lent.

‘‘We prob­a­bly played our best quar­ter of foot­ball (in the side’s first two games of the sea­son),’’ he said.

Mans­field was out­classed by Sey­mour’s strong mid­field but was relentless in at­tack­ing the ball, and its on-ball pres­sure even­tu­ally slowed the Lions down.

Sey­mour couldn’t quite find its stride, and kicked just two goals to Mans­field’s one in the sec­ond and third quar­ters.

The Lions couldn’t seem to shake Mans­field as the game be­came scrappy and nei­ther side could cap­i­talise.

‘‘I think we be­came a bit sloppy in the sec­ond and third quar­ter,’’ Colbert said.

De­spite this, Colbert said he was pleased with the way his team bounced back in the fi­nal term.

The Lions were im­pres­sive at both ends in the last and kicked six goals to Mans­field’s two. The Lions’ mid­field com­bi­na­tion worked hard in at­tack and then to get back and de­fend.

The strength of Sey­mour’s mid­field will be the team’s most ex­cit­ing as­set this sea­son.

‘‘We know that if you want to go re­ally deep into the fi­nals then you’ve got to have that de­fen­sive as­pect in your game,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘In our first two games we’ve done that pretty well and it’s some­thing we’re con­tin­u­ing to build on.’’

Saad Saad kicked five goals for Sey­mour while the best-on­ground nom­i­na­tions went to the Lions’ mid­field com­bi­na­tion of Ben Clifton, An­drew Sturgess, Ja­son Cole and Brett Meredith.

O’Keefe left the ground with some ham­string tight­ness, and Brent Le Cerf went off with a corked back, but Colbert ex­pects both to be fit for this week’s game against Tatura. Score: Sey­mour 15.6 (96) d Mans­field 5.5 (35) Goals: S. Saad 5; R. Scopel 3; B. Clifton 2; A. Sturgess; J. Hock­ley, B. Gren­fell, J. Cole, A. McCarthy Best: B. Clifton, A. Sturgess, J. Cole, B. Meredith, B. Colbert, S. Saad.

Con­tin­ued Page 23

Full stretch: Brent Ryan gets his man at Kings Park.

Sur­rounded: Ja­son Cole in the thick of it.

By Lewis Fis­cher

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