Junior footy — Page 19 Lions triumph Match honours the Anzacs
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.
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By Lewis Fischer